Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Cookies: You Won't Miss Your Thin Mints!

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Paleo Cookies: Chocolate Mint

Looking for a great recipe for Paleo cookies? Chocolate mint Primal cookies will make you forget all about those Girl Scout Thin Mints that your friends are eating.

Make this simple recipe for tasty chocolate mint cookies that are chewy on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside.

If mint isn't your thing, leave out the peppermint extract. Add about a half-cup of chocolate chips instead, and you'll have a delicious Paleo chocolate chocolate chip cookie.

Paleo and Non-Paleo peeps alike love these Paleo cookies. Chocolate brings us all together to the table.

This recipe includes butter. If you follow a dairy-free diet, you may substitute coconut oil for the butter. You won't get exactly the same taste and texture, but they still come out scrumptious.

Butter from Grass-Fed Cows

Kerrygold is an imported butter from Ireland that is made from grass-fed cows' dairy. Like beneficial grass-fed beef, butter and cheese contain vital nutrients.

This butter is an excellent source of vitamin K2, a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for strong bones and teeth. Is is any wonder that low bone density and rampant tooth decay have become so common since health authorities started telling everyone that butter is bad for you?

Before vitamin K2 was discovered, Weston A. Price knew this nutrient existed. He called it "Activator X". K2 got this nickname because there are two different proteins that need to be activated in order to (a) get calcium where it needs to go in your body, like the bones and teeth, and (b) keep calcium out of the soft tissue, like the arteries (think: calcified arteries that lead to heart attack).

Today, more people use vegetable oil-based margarines, thinking this is a healthier option than butter. Nothing is further from the truth. Well, it's up there with things that are really, really far from the truth. That's a long list.

Kerrygold Butter from Grass-Fed Cows
Kerrygold Butter from Grass-Fed Cows | Source

Almond Flour: Make it Yourself and Save Some Dough

You can buy prepared almond flour or you can easily make it yourself.

Purchase sliced or slivered almonds--preferably blanched--and grind them up in a coffee grinder or food processor. It only takes about 10 seconds, and that's all you need to make almond flour that can be used in any recipe that calls for it.

It's important to sift out the remaining small chunks of almond before certain recipes, but you can leave them in for this one. If you use the sliced or slivered almonds, you won't have very many pieces left over.

This isn't an issue if you're using the prepared almond flour that you buy at the store.

Paleo Cookies: Chocolate Mint

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: About 22 Cookies
Mix your dry and your wet ingredients in separate bowls
Mix your dry and your wet ingredients in separate bowls | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (1/2 cup + 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, grade B
  • 2 egg yolks
Fold in your mint chocolate
Fold in your mint chocolate | Source

Instructions

  1. Over low heat, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips and peppermint extract. Allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, maple syrup, and 1/2 cup melted butter.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.
  6. Stir in the chocolate peppermint.
  7. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, add tablespoonfuls of cookie batter, about 2 inches apart. If you don't have parchment, you can grease the sheet instead.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. While cookies are baking, melt the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat. Allow to cool.
  10. Cool cookies on wire racks. Spread melted chocolate in a swirling motion over the tops of the cookies. Refrigerate.
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Almond Flour

Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

I make my own almond flour by grinding blanched almonds in a coffee grinder (you could also use a food processor or blender), but Bob's Red Mill is a popular choice for prepared almond flour.

 

© Liz Davis 2012 Paleo Cookies: Chocolate Mint

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 12 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Did you really think by posting late at night I wouldn't be here? How silly of you, Liz! I'm that cushy old pair of slippers that you can't throw away. LOL.....I wouldn't even chew these delicious morsels. I would just shove them whole into my mouth and swallow. :)


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Radcliff 4 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Billy, I love the hell out of you. Will you please adopt me? I will bake for you every day.

And yes, when I logged back on I thought, "No way is that guy on here already." LOL


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Be careful making deals like that. I adopted one son; why not a daughter? LOL Good night Liz!


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Radcliff 4 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

LOL sounds good! See you tomorrow :)


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Sharicey 4 years ago from Rhode Island

I will be trying these soon. They look delish!


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Radcliff 4 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

I hope you like them, Sharicey!


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Great cookie idea! I have shared it with my readers on my most recent hub. Thank you for sharing it with everyone! Voted up!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you, Neinahpets! This recipe is one of my favorites.


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Sharicey 3 years ago from Rhode Island

I'm finally ready to try them! I got my almond flour but I was wondering of it would work with grade a or fancy maple syrup. I have grade b maple syrup but I don't wanna use 1/2cup of it. Feels like a lot but I suppose it's because I savor it.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Yes, Sharicey, you may use grade A and that would be fine. Grade B is just the kind I always use. I hope you enjoy your cookies!


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ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

These look delicious. I'm adding it to my Pinterest food board.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you, ologsinquito! This is one of my faves, for sure.

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