These gluten-free holiday cookies are Made with better for you ingredients but still all the flavour! (+ GIVEAWAY!!)
The key to the perfect cookie in my opinion, is to slightly under-bake them. These healthier double chocolate fudge peppermint cookies are no exception to the rule. If you do like a crispier cookie however, you can bake a couple minutes longer! But I am personally all about an ooey-gooey, soft, dense, fudgey cookie & this one definitely satisfies all those needs!
Almond flour: I wanted to keep these cookies gluten & grain-free so almond flour is one of the stars of the show! It bakes really well with tapioca flour (another key ingredient).
Tapioca flour: I love using this in my grain-free baking. I find it is a bit of a binder & adds a nice ‘crisp’ to my baked goods. That’s what we’re going for with these…slightly crispy on the outside & fudgey on the inside!
Egg: this binds it together nicely. I haven’t tried flax eggs in this recipe but I want to & I will share the results on here if it works out! If you try them please leave me a comment letting me know how it worked out!
Vanilla & peppermint extract: these are both for flavour purposes. Not a fan of peppermint? No worries! These will still be delicious & work out great without the peppermint extract too!
Coconut sugar: I recently have been using this in a few recipes lately & LOVE the flavour it has. I like it because it does have some added nutrients over table sugar, such as vitamins, antioxidants & short-chain fatty acids. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, meaning it won’t affect blood sugar levels as much. With all that being said, it is still ‘sugar’ & for that reason should be consumed in moderation, like all sweet things! Coconut sugar not your thing or you’re trying to eat a lower sugar diet? I would recommend using Golden Lakanto in place of the coconut sugar in these cookies. Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this yet, but it is the best alternative I can think of & can’t see it affecting the final recipe too much. I will share my results when I test this recipe with it. If you try it before me, let me know in the comments how it worked out so I can share!
Pink salt: because sea salted chocolate is the BEST.
Baking soda: so we can get these babies to rise.
Unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder: because we want these super chocolate-ey!
Dark chocolate chips: or semi-sweet/milk chocolate if you wanna get real feisty. I like Lily’s chocolate chips for lower sugar or Enjoy Life for allergy friendly/dairy-free! PS: I used a chunky dark chocolate chip & I think it added a nice touch.
White chocolate & candy canes *optional: I dipped these in white chocolate & crushed candy canes. This is totally optional! I think a drizzle of coconut butter would also make these incredible if you want to keep them pretty healthy. If not go for the white chocolate & candy canes!
Lau’s Healthy Life Holiday GIVEAWAY!
PS: Because I am SO grateful for each & every single one of you who makes my recipes I wanted to give back & show YOU some love this holiday season! So until December 12th, everyone who makes one of my recipes & tags me on their IG story (note: if you are private send me a screenshot in my DMs so I can see it!) you will be entered into a giveaway where I am going to pick a winner & send you a fun holiday prize pack! This is going to be done with all of my own money & is just a way for me to say thank you for your support & a small way for me to show my appreciation! Note: the more recipes you make & tag me in= better chances of winning! so let’s get BAKING!!! Just make sure to tag me (@laus_healthy_life) in your story so I can see it & #laushealthyliferecipe!
I cannot wait to see all of your re-creations! I hope you LOVE this recipe as much as I do!