Featuring the classic combo of chocolate and peppermint, these delicious, fudgy cookies make the perfect Christmas treat.

Overhead view of chocolate cookies topped with crushed candy canes.

These easy peppermint cookies have the most rich, fudgy texture and are easy to whip up in one bowl for Christmas. If you love the combo of chocolate and peppermint, you’ll love these cookies!

This recipe makes a small batch of just 10 cookies and they store well so they’re perfect for a smaller household. They can also be double though for gift giving and holiday parties!

For more holiday cookies, don’t miss these chocolate snowballs, pecan snowballs, lemon shortbread cookies and thumbprints!

Features

  • Vegan (dairy-free, no eggs).
  • One bowl recipe.
  • 10 ingredients.
  • Ready in 30 minutes.
  • Small batch.
  • Perfect Christmas cookie.

Ingredient Notes

Visual of ingredients for making vegan chocolate peppermint cookies.

Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.

  • Coconut Oil: Any kind works but use refined coconut oil for zero coconut flavour. You should be able to substitute melted veagn butter.
  • Sugar: Any white granulated sugar works. I like organic cane sugar.
  • Applesauce: Use unsweetened applesauce at room temperature. You can also use sweetened applesauce just note that it will add sugar to the recipe and the cookies will be sweeter.
  • Milk: Any plant-based milk is suitable. I suggest almond or cashew milk for their mild taste.
  • Peppermint Extract: I like Simply Organic Peppermint Flavour, it’s fresh and minty and you don’t need much. If you can’t find that, any peppermint extract works.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour or substitute a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour blend.
  • Cocoa Powder: Dark cocoa powder is awesome for the most rich chocolate flavour. If not, any cocoa powder or raw cacao powder works.
  • Chocolate Chips: I like Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips but any variety of chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate works.
  • Candy Canes: Optional but add a fun Christmas effect, extra peppermint flavour and some crunch!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1. Add the applesauce, melted coconut oil, sugar, peppermint extract, vanilla, sugar and almond milk to a bowl whisk vigorously for a good 30 seconds until it’s fully combined.

Note: Make sure your applesauce is at room temperature otherwise it will cause the coconut oil to harden.

Applesauce mixed with coconut oil and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Step 2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder and mix until all the dry ingredients have mixed into the wet and you have a thick batter. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate batter with chocolate chips in it in a mixing bowl.

Step 3. Create 10 equal sized portions and place them on the prepared baking tray.

I used 1 heaping cookie scoop per cookie, which is roughly 2 tbsp. Use your fingers to flatten them a little and shape into a circle.

Unbaked chocolate cookies on. a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Step 4. Bake for 12 minutes. While they’re baking, place a few chunks of candy cane in a bag and smash with something heavy.

I used a pepper mill but a hammer or anything along those lines will do the trick!

Crushed candy canes in a bag.

Once the cookies come out of the oven, immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top, pressing them in a little so they stick.

Quick Note: They will seem underdone when they come out of the oven, so resist the urge to handle them right away. They will firm up perfectly as they cool!

Chocolate cookies topped with crushed candy canes on a baking tray.

Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Plate of chocolate peppermint cookies topped with crushed candy canes.

Storing

  • Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  • Room Temperature: Up to 4 days.
  • Fridge (Recommended): Up to 2 weeks. I love them straight from the fridge, the texture is amazing!
  • Freezer: Up to 3 months. Thaw briefly at room temperature or in the fridge before enjoying.

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Overhead view of chocolate cookies topped with crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

These fudgy, double chocolate peppermint cookies are an absolute Christmas must! Top with crushed candy canes for the perfect festive treat.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (60 g)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar (or white table sugar, 110 g)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature (60 g)
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (45 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint flavor (I recommend Simply Organic)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 g)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (33 g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (57 g)
  • crushed candy canes, for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil, sugar, applesauce, milk, peppermint extract and vanilla (wet ingredients plus the sugar) to a mixing bowl and whisk vigorously for 30-seconds until completely combined.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to the bowl and mix until all the dry components have been wetted and you have a thick batter.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips until distributed throughout.
  5. Take a heaping scoop of the batter with a small cookie scoop to form 10 roughly equals-sized cookies, placing them on the prepared baking tray. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, each cookie should be roughly 2 tbsp. Use your fingers to flatten them a little and shape into a circle.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. While the cookies are baking, place a candy cane in a bag and smash with something hard. I used a pepper mill but a small hammer or something along those lines will do the trick.
  8. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle some crushed candy canes onto each cookie and press them in slightly so they stick.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the tray for at least 5 minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. They will seem underdone when they come out of the oven, so resist the urge to handle them right away. They will firm up perfectly as they cool!
  10. Let cool completely before storing.

Notes

Storing: Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days, fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months. I love them straight from the fridge!

Be sure to use room temperature applesauce or it will cause the coconut oil to harden.

Gluten-Free Option: Use a gluten-free all-purpose or baking flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 167
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g

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