These have by-far been my favorite cookies I have made this December! Or maybe some of my favorite cookies in general, they are that good.
And I have to admit, I was terrified when I was making them. The batter smelled so strongly of peppermint, I was worried it would be over-the-top. In reality they were perfect, refreshing, and the perfect amount of peppermint.
Give them a try!
Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- 12 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 24, all-natural marshmallows (or make your own)
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At the beginning of December I made some lovely cranberry linzer cookies for the Farmer’s Market. I had too much dough, though, and decided I should use it to make something else.
Instantly my mind went to cheesecake. I should use the cookie dough to make a cheesecake dough. And I could stick with the cranberry flavor for the filling.
These were easy to make and delicious. I personally like cranberry, my husband is not a fan, but he said he enjoyed these. He thought he was eating a cherry cheesecake. Light, airy and absolutely refreshing, with a holiday flavor classic.
Cranberry Gingerbread Cookie Cheesecakes
Gingerbread Cookie Dough
- 1/3 cup almonds, toasted
- 1/8 cup coconut sugar
- 1/8 cup maple sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
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To me relaxation is chilling with some hot tea, a hazelnut cooking and watching the British Bake Off. Well, that is one idea of relaxation. A month ago I made these hazelnut cookies, adapted by a recipe I found on Pinterest by Bake or Break. They have become my favorite cookies.
Plus I got these dope silicon molds shaped like acorns and squirrels. I really wanted a picture of the squirrel, but he got decapitated on the way home and wasn’t picture worthy.
I think I really like these because they kind of have that salty sweet thing going on. And then you get a bite of chocolate and it is off-the-charts good. I like the chewy texture. The taste, reminds me of my grandmother’s pecan sandies for some reason (which were my favorite cookie my whole childhood).
For Thanksgiving I also gave these a smear of cranberry curd-tasty. I adore some cranberry. Two years ago I made a cranberry curd pie and so cranberry may be my favorite curd presently. Put it on a cookie. On a bagel. In a pie. In a cheesecake. The options keep going.
Feel free to make these into just plain of drop cookies. DO dip them in chocolate and extra nuts though, it’s a game-changer! You could probably sub the butter for coconut oil to make them dairy-free as well. I had a lot of success doing this at my last market, to make all my cookies dairy-free.
Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (plus more for sprinkling)
- 4 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate
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Man I really wish I had a photo of these cut open. Or a video. I must confess, sometimes I sit on my Instagram and watch people slicing different patisseries. There is a certain kind of excitement, waiting to see all the hidden layers and treasures within.
These many didn’t even know they were cheesecakes because of their shape and marshmallow outside. They are in indeed a sweet potato cheesecake. With a praline core. Toasted marshmallow outside. And a ginger cookie crust.
Fancy, right! That is at least what people commented on them. I do feel like a high-maintenance/extra woman when it comes to baking. But in life, I am like the most low-maintenance woman. I’ve seen those things were you assign didn’t numbers to personal habits to determine maintenance and my score is like a 2 or 3. I am down to get fancy and think of whimsical, fun desserts and food for others to eat, though.
I just love these because I think it is a little on the traditional path, but still true to certain flavor profiles. I already shared my pumpkin cheesecakes last week (click the link for the recipe), which I think is probably a little mainstream. When I told people they were sweet potato, I often got a puzzled look. Sweet potato? Cheesecake?
There had to be a marshmallow outside because a side of marshmallow and sweet potato is so common. And I personally have to have pecans with sweet potato baked goods, or pumpkin ones. Plus, I also watch Instagram videos of people dipping desserts in praline. My food watching really is a little scary sometimes. I can bake all day, then watch the British Bake Off, while I also watch Instagram baking videos. But it gives me a lot of inspiration. Which benefits everyone who is able to come here and view it! Or come to a market and eat goodies.
Once again I sourced the cookie recipe because someone else already made one up that was delicious. I also borrowed the marshmallow recipe. I think overall these were not that difficult to make.
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