I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I don’t really love peppermint. There, I said it. I’ll pass on peppermint mochas, I’ll never order mint chip ice cream, and we all know that Samoas rule over Thin Mints. But when the folks at Peanut Butter & Co. asked us to come up with our favorite #candycanehacks using candy canes and peanut butter, I decided to take the plunge and created flourless chocolate peppermint cookies (P.S.- check the bottom of this post for a fun little giveaway!).
Peppermint and peanut butter? I know, the combo sounded weird to me too, but when you pair peppermint with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, it’s actually quite the delicious combo.
Dark Chocolate Dreams happens to be one of my favorite Peanut Butter & Co. flavors, so I knew I wanted to keep these cookies as simple as possible without messing with the integrity of the flavor in Dark Chocolate Dreams (I take my pb pretty seriously). Just an egg, some cocoa powder, crushed candy canes and peanut butter and you are pretty much set to go!
I based this recipe off my flourless honey peanut butter cookies from last year with just a few additional tweaks for maximum chocolate goodness. The best part about this recipe is that the cookies cook super fast, so you’ll have a delicious chocolate peppermint treat in no time!
While peppermint still may not be #1 on my list, I’ll definitely be making these cookies again.
Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (makes a dozen cookies)
1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup crushed candy cane pieces
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper so your cookies don’t stick!
Unwrap your candy canes and place in a plastic bag. Cover the bag with a towel and use a hammer or mallet to crush them (not the most graceful way I know, but it gets the job done). Pour your candy cane pieces into a bowl and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl add your peanut butter, sea salt, egg, cocoa powder, baking soda and vanilla and mix well. The mixture will be quite sticky so make sure it is all well blended.
Gently fold your candy cane pieces into your cookie batter and continue to mix.
Place spoonfuls of batter onto your cooking sheet and flatten into a cookie shape (or keep as a cookie ball if you want!).
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly brown. The inside of the cookie will be deliciously gooey from the peanut butter.
Serve with milk or just on their own. Pro tip: these cookies taste great frozen as well!
Thanks for Peanut Butter & Co. for sending me the pb + the candy canes! I’m so excited to have a new cookie recipe for the holidays!
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