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chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies.

These gluten free chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies are a fun and festive treat to include on your holiday cookie tray!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword chocolate peppermint holiday cookies, slice and bake christmas cookies
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 193 kcal


For the cookie dough:

For the chocolate glaze and candy topping:


  1. Place the vegan buttery spread, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.

  2. Add the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Divide the cookie dough in half, and place each half on a piece of waxed paper. Shape into logs and wrap in the waxed paper. Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. If you are making this dough ahead of time to bake later, you can freeze it at this point.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Cut the logs of dough into ½ inch slices. Place on the cookie sheets with 1 ½ inches in between them.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets before moving.

  7. Melt the chocolate chips on high in the microwave for about one minute. Stir, and if not fully melted, microwave in 10 second intervals until melted. If you want a stronger peppermint flavor, you can add a couple of drops of peppermint extract.

  8. Unwrap the candy canes and place in a ziploc bag. Crush them with a rolling pin.

  9. Spread some melted chocolate chips on half of each cookie. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

  10. Allow the chocolate to firm up before serving. You can stick the cookies in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help the chocolate firm up.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are for one cookie topped with chocolate and candy canes.

Store in an airtight container - they should be okay for a few days, but after that the candy cane bits might be a little sticky.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 432IU9%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.