Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Crownies
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with a healthier-for-you twist
...but don't worry, you won't miss the classic cookies with this recipe!
Ever feel like 12 cookies won't be enough & 24 is too much? I put this recipe together to fall right into a sweet spot—it makes 16 'crownies'!
Chocolate Peppermint Christmas 'Crowinies'
3/4 cup natural, smooth peanut butter *or other nut butter of choice*
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp peppermint oil extract
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp crushed candy cane pieces *optional, but recommended*
2-3 tbsp white chocolate chips, *optional, but recommended*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & set aside a parchment lined baking sheet.
Combine the peanut butter, egg, honey, melted coconut oil, and peppermint extract in a medium-sized bowl and mix well until smooth & creamy.
Add the cocoa powder, oat flour, and baking soda to the bowl and mix everything together until well combined.
Use your hands to divide the batter into 16 even balls and place them on the baking sheet. Press down on the top of each ball using the back of a spoon to flatten them out into a cookie shape.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove them from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
In a small cup, melt the white chocolate chips using a microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, then remove & stir, and repeat this process until the chips are fully melted and smooth.
While you're melting the white chocolate, sprinkle each cookie with the crushed candy cane pieces and gently press them into the top of each one.
Use a knife to drizzle the white chocolate over each cookie. Let set for another 5-10 minutes then enjoy!
For a vegan version of this recipe: substitute pure maple syrup for honey; substitute a flax egg for the egg; & omit the white chocolate chips.
DO NOT add the crushed candy cane or white chocolate chip drizzle until AFTER you bake the cookies.
A small amount of peppermint oil extract goes a LONG way, so careful not to add more than 1 tsp!