Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (vegan)

So I am obsessed with the fact that it’s Christmas time, like I already have my tree up and the mantel decorated!

I am also obsessed with chocolate and peppermint so naturally I started cruising Pinterest for something vegan and yummy I could try and I found this recipe. I altered it a tad by making my own apple sauce (it sounds more Martha Stewart than it is).

I do have to admit that trying to bake and take pictures while being a mom to a 6 month old was well, challenging. Just know that it ended with both Jack and I in tears and me drinking a glass of chardonnay with bath time. #themotherhoodisreal

P.S. I just think it’s so fun to make vegan baked goods and have people try them and not tell them they’re vegan.

Ingredients:

For The Cookies:

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

 

For The Chocolate Coating:

  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Garnish with crushed candy canes

 

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Combine applesauce and flaxseed meal in a bowl, then add coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually add dry ingredients, continuing to blend for another 3 minutes. Drop by the small spoonful onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

2. To make mint-chocolate coating, place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler, stirring frequently until melted. (If you don’t have a double boiler, place a stainless-steel bowl on top of a pot of boiling water so that the bowl rests in the water but doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot, and melt the ingredients in the bowl.) Add peppermint extract and stir.

3. Line another cookie sheet with wax paper. Using a fork, dip cookies into chocolate to coat thoroughly, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Place cookies on the cookie sheet, sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chocolate is completely dry. Store in the refrigerator.