Holiday Sweet Treats for EVERYONE Print Recipe Print Recipe

For YOU.  self reward.  very important.


Your GUESTS. Serve with [dairy-free] Coconut Ice Cream and your guests will be loving on you like there’s no tomorrow!

SANTA.  no brainer.

AND [or] your NEIGHBOR.


I figured since you’ll be baking [’tis the season], I’d give you a good one that works for just about any occasion. These cookies have a crunchy outside and a chewy minty inside, which makes for a perfect sweet treat this holiday season.


For more Holiday ideas, tips & tricks, be sure to check out the contributing experts, listed below.

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Holiday HQ contributors:

Housewife Bliss  |  Holiday Salt Dough Ornaments
Celebrations at Home  |  The Kids Christmas Table
Tatertots & Jello  |   Holiday Party Mantel



Peppermint Brownie Thins, gluten-free

PRINT Recipe

[adapted from Gluten-free Goddess]


  • 5 oz. of GOOD dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut meal [or almond meal]
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 egg, beaten [also made this with 1 egg – still works out]
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Topping: Candy Cane, crumbled


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lay parchment on two baking sheets; set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. Stir occasionally, until melted.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar, hazelnut meal, brown rice flour, salt and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, beat the two eggs – don’t over beat, just enough to combine.

Add the eggs, vanilla extract and melted chocolate to the dry ingredients.

Using a hand mixer, beat on low until the batter becomes a smooth and shiny.

With an ice cream scooper, drop 1 scoop on the prepared baking sheet, spacing every 2-inches.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes, or until the edges have browned.

Remove and immediately sprinkle candy cane pieces to the top of the cookies. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing and placing on cooling rack.


*gluten-free *dairy-free – depending on the chocolate you use

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    So cute! I just love the sound of these :)

  • Ridgely’s Radar

    YUM! These look delicious!

  • Mindy Lockard

    Oh yummy Lisa! Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! XO

  • Jen @ SecondCitySoiree

    I’m adding these to my “must try” list!

  • Dawn Sandomeno

    Chocolate and Peppermint – the best Christmas Combo! Delish thanks for the recipe.

  • Coryanne Ettiene

    So yummy I had to pin them, brownie thins….such a stunning idea! Happy Holidays Lisa, Coryanne

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omigosh these look absolutely amazing!! I was just telling my mom (who’s now GF) that I would find her a recipe for some Xmas cookies and this is it! So excited to see this in my Google Reader this morning!

  • jen @ tatertots and jello

    Wow – those look delicious!! And I love that they are gluten free. Thanks for the awesome recipe Lisa!!


  • Elizabeth Mascali

    We love our Christmas cookies – can’t wait to try these, they look scrumptious!

  • Maria

    I am not sharing with Santa:)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    These look dreamy… love.

  • Katie

    Peppermint and brownie. Oh heavens…you have me drooling on my keyboard again.

  • Bev Weidner

    Will you feed me these?

  • Melissa // thefauxmartha

    Oh my! You had me at chocolate … and peppermint.

  • cynthia at the daily basics

    Totally yummy – I am making these. They look delicious and ever since I’ve met you I am shying away from gluten – you have really inspired me! Thank you!

  • Jo

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

  • Linda

    Looks so good, when you are home next lets make them!

  • Sarah @ Engineering Deliciousness

    Chocolate and peppermint have to be my ALL TIME favorite Christmas flavor combo. I have like a bazillion things pinned on my Christmas recipes Pinterest board, but I think this just shot up to #1 on the to-bake list :)

  • Daily Cup of Couture

    these look beyond delicious!! cannot wait to try this receipe!! xx

  • nicole {sweet peony}

    these are so pretty! love your photos!

  • Diane {Created by Diane}

    oh yummy, these look great

  • emily li

    made these yesterday and they were great except I couldn’t keep them from flattening out so much they turned into one big blob. do you chill the dough? or do you think I just need to add more dry ingredients?