Gluten-free chocolate mint cookies are soft, decadent, and full of peppermint flavor. Make this recipe for family or take to a holiday cookie exchange!

overhead shot of chocolate cookies with peppermint candy and red and white napkin

If I have one true food love, it’s good cookies.

My husband loves these gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies so much that he requested them for his birthday this year. Even non-gluten-free family members ask me to make them all the time.

When I brought my gluten-free peanut butter cookies to a neighborhood party, people literally thought I was joking when I said they were gluten-free.

And let’s not forget these gluten-free drop-style christmas sugar cookies, gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies and gluten-free cut-out sugar cookies we make every December.

Gluten-free cookies are just as delicious as regular cookies. For real! No need to apologize for your baked goods with a recipe like these gluten-free double chocolate mint cookies. For another version of these gluten-free chocolate cookies, try these gluten-free Halloween cookies.

Notes on the Ingredients

overhead shot of the dry ingredients for the cookies
  • Gluten-Free Flour: I recommend using a high-quality gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. You want to look for one that contains xanthan gum as a binder.  This is my favorite brand.
  • Almond Flour: This gives the cookies a chewy texture and yummy flavor. You can swap out the almond flour with with more 1:1 flour to keep these nut-free.
  • Andes Mints/Chocolate Chips: For these cookies I like to use a combination of chopped up Andes Mints and chocolate chips. If you can find it, I’m also a big fan of Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks (for baking). You can find them at Target during the holidays.
how to make the mint chocolate cookie dough

Making Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Cookies

These are pretty simple and straight-forward to make. You’ll want to mix the dry ingredients together and add them gradually to the wet to allow them to absorb.

It’s also really important to chill the dough before baking. This will all the flour to hydrate and will prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.

Just an hour in the fridge will do – but you can also chill the dough for up to 2 days.

how to mix together the dough and roll the cookies

Crushed Peppermint Candy

I often like to add crushed peppermint candy or candy canes to these cookies before baking. They add a little crunch and festive red/white color.

They’re also delicious without the crushed candy so either way you choose will be delicious!

close up shot of gluten free chocolate mint cookies on white background with milk
  • Refrigerating the dough keeps it from spreading too much when baking. Also, gluten-free flours don’t absorb fat as well as regular flour, so the extra resting time prevents dry, chalky cookies.
  • Xanthan gum is necessary in most gluten-free cookie recipes to help stabilize the dough and keep the finished cookies from falling apart.
  • Longer baking time is sometimes needed, so keep an eye on the cookies and don’t be afraid to leave them in the oven for 2-3 minutes more than you would regular ones.

Want more gluten-free treats? Make these family-favorite Lace Cookies! They’re crispy, buttery, and perfect with a mug of Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate. These Peppermint Christmas Rice Krispie Treats are also easy and crowd-pleasing!

 

overhead shot of chocolate mint cookies topped with peppermint
5 from 15 votes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Cookies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 24 cookies
Gluten-free chocolate mint cookies are soft, decadent, and full of peppermint flavor. Make this recipe for family or take to a holiday cookie exchange!

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

Other:

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil preferably in softened solid form
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup chopped Andes Mints (or Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • crushed peppermint candy or candy canes for topping (optional but delicious)

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer), add the butter, coconut oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Cream together until well-mixed, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Beat to fully combine. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in the Andes mints and chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
  • When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350F. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. Scoop the dough and shape into heaping tablespoon-sized balls (I use a #40 cookie scoop). If using the crushed peppermint candy, gently roll the tops into the additional crushed mints, pressing lightly into the plate or bowl of crushed mints so they stick to the top of the cookie dough ball
  • Place the dough balls a couple inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges are set and the center is mostly set. Cool the cookies for 3-4 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Notes

Gluten-Free Flour: I recommend using a high-quality gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. You want to look for one that contains xanthan gum as a binder.  This is my favorite brand.
Andes Mints/Chocolate Chips: For these cookies I like to use a combination of chopped up Andes Mints and chocolate chips. If you can find it, I’m also a big fan of Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks (for baking). You can find them at Target during the holidays.
MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Use 1/4 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour in place of the almond flour.
This cookie dough needs to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour (sorry! I promise it’s worth it) or preferably overnight before baking, so plan accordingly. From my experience, gluten-free cookies take a little longer to bake than regular cookies, so don’t be deterred from keeping these in the oven for closer to 11-13 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made a double batch of these for Christmas. They were delicious, except mine had a thick, brownie-like texture. What did I do “wrong”?

  2. 5 stars
    Another amazing recipe! I made three batches of these this year because everyone in my family loved them so much. They are the perfect mix of chocolate and mint for the holidays. These will be on our list every year!

  3. 5 stars
    These look PERFECT for Christmas! The texture is amazing and I can’t wait to try your cookies with the addition of peppermint.

  4. Hi Erin, can I just use butter instead of coconut oil? And one more thing, does it have to be the unsalted one? Thanks

  5. 5 stars
    These are excellent! I used 1/2c dark brown sugar without increasing the white and they were still plenty sweet. I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa which is always my favorite in pretty much any recipe. I doubled the mint extract because I did not use Andes at all….just dark choc chips. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    I am SO excited about these cookies. I have been craving a yummy, chocolatey, mint cookie this winter and I’m so please with how these cookies turned out!

  7. Have you tried these without the peppermint flavor? Just curious. I’m making these for a friend with food sensitivities. Thanks!

  8. The only thing I’ve really used Enjoy Life chocolate for so far is making cheater frosting for gf, vegan cupcakes. Just let chips melt on cupcakes right out of the oven & smear around with a knife. Works great!

  9. I love Enjoy Life chips! I use (or eat) them in cookies, melted as a fruit dip, in cocoa, and by the handful. These cookies look so good!

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