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Chocolate Mint cookies {gluten-free}

Dark chocolate and fresh mint, with almond flour, honey, eggs, and butter, these cookies melt in your mouth!  The mint leaves are steeped in peppermint liqueur for maximum mint flavor, and the dough is rolled in almond flour before baking for that old-fashioned crinkle cookie look.  No one will guess these naturally-sweetened chocolate mint cookies are gluten-free!

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Almond and oat flours replace wheat flour to make these chocolate mint cookies gluten-free. No refined white sugar here, honey gives them a gently sweetness.

Semi-sweet chocolate brings in chocolate’s anti-oxidant flavonoid benefits. In case you were thinking my head’s buried in the flour bin, it’s not. I know that chocolate manufacturers add sugar to make semi-sweet chocolate, and mint liqueur is, well, sugar.

Kind of like mint extract but less harsh, fresh mint leaves infused into mint liqueur give the cookies a natural mellower mint flavor. Chocolate and mint liqueur are the essence of these cookies. With high quality butter and eggs they are deliciously irresistable.

As a pastry chef, desserts were my life. White sugar flowed freely through my fingers. When I retired from Deer Valley bakery, I left the decadence behind, or so I thought.

These days, when my sweet tooth is hungry, I feed it differently. I like to create dessert recipes that are healthful yet still satisfy one’s craving for confection. Often, l’ll change the ingredients of a favorite cookie to make it healthier, like these not-too-sweet chocolate mint cookies.

Chocolate Mint Cookies ready to bake

These cookies are adapted from the chocolate mint cookies in the out of print cookbook, Desserts, by Nancy Silverton. They’ve been a Deer Valley staple cookie since the book came out in 1986.

ingredients for Chocolate Mint Cookies

Nancy’s chocolate mint cookies are rolled in granulated sugar first, and then powdered sugar. In the oven, they crack just enough to reveal dark chocolate under bright white sugar coating.

For a similar crackle look, we roll these cookie dough balls in almond flour. You are going to love this gluten-free healthier chocolate mint cookie!

overhead shot of Chocolate Mint Cookies stacked on a plate

I guess once a pastry chef, always a pastry chef. Here on the blog, I’m making more vegan and gluten-free treats, and desserts with natural sweeteners, the likes of maple syrup, honey, agave and dates. I’m moving decadence in a different direction, one bite at a time.

How’s your sweet tooth? Is it time to get in the kitchen and bake something delicious?

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mint cookies {gluten-free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 comments

  • Chocolate and mint will always be a winning combination. GREG Reply · 7 July, 2014

  • Belen Genet

    Hi Letty! I notice when your recipes call for salt the ingredient reads ‘Real’ salt. Is that ionized salt or ?

    Thank you! Am enjoying getting your recipes and reading your blog. I’m kind of a recipe junkie! – Belen Reply · 11 July, 2014

    • Letty

      Hi Belen,
      Real Salt is an excellent unrefined sea salt that is mined from an ancient salt bed in Utah. The flavor is wonderful–when you taste it next to iodized Morton’s you will understand the difference. Real Salt is sold all over–I saw it yesterday in the bulk bin at a grocery store in Hood River Oregon.
      I am a recipe junkie too. Do you keep your recipes on Pinterest? Reply · 15 July, 2014

  • I’m going to try this. Reply · 1 October, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks! Write me to tell how these cookies turn out for you…. Reply · 1 October, 2014

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