Easy Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Ana Ankeny

Think of this delicious recipe as a mashup between a cookie and a brownie, making this the holiday treat that everyone will request! Add these easy Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies to your holiday baking plans today. Featuring a crisp outside and a soft brownie inside, plus flecks of crunchy peppermint stick, this the holiday cookie is one you’ll look forward to making every year.

Chocolate peppermint cookies for the holidays

When it comes to holiday cookies, some are classics and some are meant to impress. These Chocolate Peppermint Cookies fall into the impressive category! With each bite, you’ll experience a soft and chewy brownie-like taste with a little crispness around the edge. And, of course, the iconic peppermint-chocolate flavor pairing makes these cookies over-to-top gorgeous and delicious!

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Ingredients for Gluten-free Peppermint brownie cookies

Gathering these ingredients, plus a bowl and whisk, and let’s start baking!

how to make chocolate mint cookies

Here are the basic steps in takes to get these delicious holiday cookies baking.

  1. Make the dough: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate. Let this mixture cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, sugar, and oil. Whisk together. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla, whisk again. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.
  2. Chill the dough: Place the dough in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  3. Bake the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the chilled dough from the fridge, scoop the dough out into rounds (using about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons each), and place the dough rounds on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Shape the dough into round discs (the dough will be sticky, so wet your hands when handling the dough). Finally, sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over each. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Tops will still be slightly doughy/wet, they will set while cooling. 

Tips for Shaping Brownies into Cookies

We all know brownie batter easily pours into a baking dish, so how do we shape brownie batter into cookies? Here are a few tips that help: Be sure to weigh the flour to get the exact correct amount (rather than using the scoop method), since you want the batter to be a little sticky but not mold-able like classic cookie dough. Scoop the batter out with a cookie scoop or large spoon and shape into round mounds with the back of the spoon or with your finger. The dough is designed to be slightly sticky to get that amazing brownie texture! To prevent it from sticking to your fingers, wet your hands with a little water.

How to store these peppermint cookies

Cool the cookies completely before storing them. Stack the cooled cookies in a container using pieces of parchment between layers of cookies. Seal the container and store at room temperature, where the cookies will stay fresh for up to 4 days.

More Christmas Cookies to Try

can I freeze these gluten-free peppermint brownie cookies?

These Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies are a great freezer cookie! Bake them before the holidays, keep in the freezer, and they’ll be ready for the cookie tray whenever you need! To freeze, cool the cookies completely then place in a freezer-friendly container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Close up view of peppermint brownie cookies on a counter


Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Is it a brownie or a cookie? It’s both! Get the best of two favorite treats in these brownie cookie that feature a soft and chewy inside plus a hint of peppermint. Made gluten-free and dairy-free, these Peppermint Brownie Cookies are a great addition to any cookie tray.

Prep: 15 minsCook: 12-14 minsTotal: 1 hr, 30 mins

Servings: 2 dozen 1x


  • ¼ cup chocolate chips*
  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup cane sugar

  • ¼ cup avocado oil**

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup gluten-free flour blend (110-115g)***

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for topping


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, slowly melt the chocolate chips. Let cool slightly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and oil. 
  3. Pour the melted chocolate and vanilla into the egg-sugar mixture, whisk again. 
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.
  5. Chill dough in a bowl in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge, scoop out dough into 12 mounds on each baking sheet, using an approximate 1-1 1/2-tablespoon portion of dough for each. Using your hands, shape each dough mound into a round disc. The dough will be sticky, so wet your hands with a little water when handling the dough, to prevent sticking. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces over each dough round.
  8. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. The tops will still be slightly doughy/wet when you first remove them from the oven, but the cookies will set while cooling. 
  9. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 85
  • Fat: 3 g
  • (Sat Fat: 1 g)
  • Sodium: 37 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 14 g
  • (Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 9 g)
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 14 mg


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