These glazed chocolate peppermint cookies are gluten free and perfect for your holiday baking or all year round. It’s a fun project for the little ones and makes an awesome edible gift.
Glazed Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
I love everything chocolate, whether it be candies, bars, cookies you name it, I love it! And peppermint, Yes, Please! I’m the kind of gal who has a pack full of mint gums in her purse all the time and it’s a must for me to religiously chew one when I’m going out. Talk about habits! So when I was planning to make some cookies for the holidays I was looking for something that had both these elements. And it has to be Gluten Free too for me to enjoy. So these glazed chocolate peppermint cookies were born.
Let’s talk about the cookie. I had plenty of recipes for a regular All Purpose flour chocolate cookie. I had to adapt it to make it gluten free. But if you’re ok with having AP flour by all means sub the same amount GF flour with AP flour.
There are plenty of GF flours out there. But I know lot of folks including me don’t keep five to six different flours stocked in the pantry. I kept it simple and used an All Pupose Gluten Free flour mix which has xanthan gum in it. I added oat flour to give some extra body and fiber to the cookies. This I ground myself. It’s pretty easy. Take about a cup of oats and process it in the grinder or food processer until fine. You can sieve if you want to but I just left it at that.
The cookies will look not fully cooked coming out of the oven but will firm up as it cools down. Wait until it cools down completely to glaze. Once the glaze is fully dried you can store them in airtight container for upto 5 days. It won’t last that long in our household. It’s firm texture is great for dipping in milk.
The glaze is where we add the peppermint and the crushed candy canes. I used a food grade peppermint essential oil to the glaze. Peppermint extract can be used too.
This will be a fun project for the kids to take part in. They’ll have loads of fun glazing the cookies and sprinkling candy cane. My kids loved them. We had a lot of candy canes that went missing 🙂 My youngest even took them to school today to share it with his friends.
These glazed chocolate peppermint cookies are gluten free and perfect for your holiday baking or all year round. It's a fun project for the little ones and makes an awesome edible gift.
- 1.5 cups gluten free all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup ground oat flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder Dutch processed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 170 g(12 tbsp)(1.5 stick) softened butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup icing sugar or confectioner's sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 to 3 drops peppermint essential oil food grade
- 1/2 cup crushed candy cane bits
Whisk together the flours, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the egg,milk and vanilla.
With the mixers on low speed, mix in the flour mixture until blended and the dough starts to clump together.
Gather the dough into a ball, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Pinch off clumps of dough and form into 1" inch balls and place them on the sheet around 2" inches apart. With the heels of your hand flatten the balls to around 1/2"inch thickness.
Bake for 13 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whisk the icing sugar and water in a bowl until smooth. Add the essential or peppermint flavoring. The glaze should be thick but spreadable.
Using a spreader or a knife glaze the top of the cookies and sprinkle the candy over wet icing, prssing down gently so it stickes. Alternatively, you can press the cookies icing side down into the candy. Place the cookies on a rack until the glaze sets completely.
Can be stored in an airtight container upto 5 days.
Undecorated cookie rounds can be stored in the freezer for upto 1 month.