My favorite Christmas cookie growing up were (and still are) an oatmeal cookie that has a peppermint patty on top. It sounds strange but they are delicious! This year I had to turn it gluten free and sugar free. These alternative ones turned out amazing! You can’t tell there is no white flour or processed sugar in them at all!
For the first batch I made sugar free peppermint patties, but the inside just melted into the cookies, giving them this oily mint texture and flavor. I didn’t like that, so the next time I just made chocolate mint disks and it worked brilliantly!
I am very happy with the turn out and will be adding this recipe to my alternative Christmas cookie stash!
Chocolate Mint Disks
- 1 cup sugar free chocolate chips (I used Lilly’s sweetened with stevia chips.)
- Peppermint oil (or extract)
- Melt chocolate chips
- Add peppermint to taste
- Scoop by the tsp onto parchment paper prepared cookie sheet.
- Smooth into circles
- Freeze for 20 minutes and store in the fridge
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 quick oats (or 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats and 1/2 quick)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 TBS Xylitol
- 1 TBS Erythritol (I recommend doing a half and half mix of these sweeteners because the taste comes out better. Blending them cancels out their different tastes.)
- 20 drops of (Sweet Leaf) English Toffee stevia
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup melted butter (or coconut oil)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 finely crushed pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt, xylitol and erythritol. Blend well.
- Add butter, stevia and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, slightly scrambled. Mix well.
- Fold in crushed pecans.
- Chill for 30 minutes
- After it’s chilled, scoop with a soup spoon or a cookie scoop. Dough will be sticky. Pack into tight balls and place on a parchment paper prepared cookie sheet (Note: The cookies will stick to everything except parchment paper.)
- Press down cookie rounds (they don’t spread out much)
- Bake 7-10 minutes depending on how big they are. The bottoms will begin to turn golden brown when they are done.
- As soon as they are out of the oven put a chocolate peppermint disk on top and press it down. Once the disk has melted top with half a pecan.
- Let cool.
- Yields about one dozen.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
To make them chocolate chip, skip the chocolate mint disk and add a cup of chocolate chips.