If you are putting cookies out for Santa this year I highly recommend these peppermint mocha cookies! Santa will appreciate the extra caffeine while he or she is up wrapping presents! And if you are making these cookies for little ones, you may want to reduce or eliminate the coffee grinds….yes, I had to learn this the hard way. Let’s just say that my kids enjoyed a couple and my daughter didn’t go to bed until midnight! It didn’t occur to me that this could happen. I think that’s called mommy brain. Yes, it still happens from time to time!
Santa was a success this year too! Last year my daughter cried. This year she stared at him with interest and asked for an owl and chocolate. Ah, chocolate! That’s my girl! My son asked for a squirrel. Stuffed animals, not real…thankfully, although my son did get a leopard gecko from his grandparents for Christmas! He actually already got it as an early gift and loves it. It’s not a snake, so I can handle it!
- 1 and1/4 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Dash of salt
- 1 Tbs coffee grinds (optional)
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 3 Tbs pure maple syrup
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp pure peppermint extract
- Mix the almond flour, salt, coffee grinds, and cocoa powder.
- Add the melted coconut oil, egg, maple syrup, and peppermint and mix well.
- Scoop onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Using another piece of parchment paper or your oiled fingers, flatten the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick. (If you like a crisper cookie you can flatten it even thinner or bake a little longer.)
- Freeze the dough for 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. You can also just roll the dough into balls and flatten if you don't want to use cookie cutters.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes and enjoy!
I’m on a peppermint mocha kick! It’s perfect for this time of year. So enjoy these with a peppermint mocha coffee! I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!