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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

For a nostalgic holiday treat, try my Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. These healthy protein cookies are the perfect gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe. 

healthy chocolate peppermint cookies with crushed candy canes on a sheet of parchment paper

Sometimes all I want is a chocolate cookie and when I crave some extra comfort, I crave the familiar nostalgic flavor of a childhood classic – peppermint cookies. Can anyone relate? Great! Let’s get out a bowl and some measuring cups and let’s bake these Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

These are chewy on the inside like a brownie cookie and intensely chocolatey. Yes, my friend, these are double-chocolate cookies meaning they do not only contain cocoa powder in the cookie batter, but also chocolate chips. 

Strictly speaking, they are actually triple chocolate as I also put chocolate protein powder into the batter to turn these into protein cookies.

glutenfree double chocolate peppermint cookies with chocolate chips and candy canes on a sheet of parchment paper

To get that minty freshness, I add some drops of peppermint extract to the batter along with the crushed candy canes. If you want these to taste less of peppermint, reduce the amount of extract or skip it. 

We make these using gluten-free flour so these are totally fine to eat for anyone with intolerances. If you’re already looking for some gluten-free Christmas cookies, you want to bookmark these babies.

glutenfree dark chocolate candy cane cookies on a sheet of parchment paper


You will need the following ingredients listed below to make these overnight proats (the exact measurements are in the recipe card below):

  • gluten-free flour – use your favorite brand 
  • cocoa powder adds the chocolate flavor 
  • baking soda and baking powder give these the perfect rise 
  • a pinch of sea salt intensities the chocolate flavor 
  • protein powder: my favourite brand of protein is PEScience.  Use code “BAILEY” at checkout to save money on all their products!
  • eggs bind the ingredients together
  • as a fat, I use butter but vegan butter would work as well if that’s what you prefer
  • a blend of brown sugar and granulated sugar make these perfectly chewy and sweet
  • peppermint extract – use a bit less or more according to your taste 
  • vanilla extract makes these taste extra cozy 
  • chocolate chips – use your favorite kind and opt for sugar-free if you want 
  • crushed candy canes – there are brands out there that are sugar-free or reduced in sugar so feel free to use those

a chocolate peppermint cookie with one bite taken on a sheet of parchment paper


 If you’ve ever wondered if baking with protein powder destroys or denatures it – no, it does not. Adding protein powder to cookie dough is a very clever way to boost their nutritional value.

It also helps that they come in fun flavors, making your treats even more delicious.  Just in case you needed another reason to make protein cookies a part of your healthy diet.

On the blog you find several more protein cookie recipes, so go ahead and try some more flavors. 


I don’t recommend you reduce the fat used here. Baked goods with added protein powder need some fat or they’ll end up looking like “mini breads” and having an unpleasant texture and they’ll never be chewy and crunchy. 


This recipe uses eggs so it’s not vegan. You could substitute the butter with vegan butter and you could try using flax eggs but I have not tried this. If you try it, please let me know how it went in the comment section.

Looking for vegan Christmas cookie recipes? Make my Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and add some chopped candy canes to them. YUM!

Yield: 12 cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Glutenfree & High Protein - For a nostalgic holiday treat, try my Double Chocolate Peppermint cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. These healthy protein cookies are the perfect gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe. 

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour, with xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder, approx 25g
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 candy canes, crushed


  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and protein powder. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and mix until completely combined.
  3. Mix in the eggs one at a time. Then add in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated. Then mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze the dough for 1 hour.
  6. Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  7. Portion into 12 medium-large cookies. Roll each into a round ball then press down gently with the palm of your hand to flatten to tops. The cookies will not spread much.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cookies cool and firm up for 10 minutes on baking tray.
  9. Drizzle more melted chocolate chips over the top of cookies, and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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