Monday, December 30, 2013

Chewy Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint compliment each other so perfectly!

It's the holidays season and this is when we're indulging in sweets a little bit too much, working out less, and neglecting our health. This cookie recipe gives alternatives to the abundance of white sugar and flour that's selling like hot cakes throughout the season. And although its still a sweet treat, it's much better for you than some of the other sweets we're stuffing our faces with at this time of the year.

My cookies for some strange reason are never flat like everyone else's are.. Does anyone know why? They still taste great none the less!

Enjoy!

Chewy Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies


Ingredients:

1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C maple syrup (B grade or darker)
1 egg
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/4 C flour (I used quinoa flour, but feel free to use whole wheat if preferred)
1/3 C cocoa powder
1 tsp maca root powder (you know, the stuff that is really good for you but smells like a huge shit? It's available at most local health food stores)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/3 C fibre blend (such as Nutracleanse or ground chia/flax seeds)
1/3 C dark chocolate chips (make sure to avoid brands with artificial flavours)
2 crushed candy canes (add these if you're making them for the holdiays... Or if you just really like candy canes! )

Directions:

The best part of making cookies is when you get to lick the beaters :) 
Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl that is safe to use with a mixer, cream the butter and maple syrup together. It will look kind of like curdled milk..... (ew, why did I just say that?) 

Add the egg, and peppermint extract and keep mixing for another 30 seconds or so.  

Add flour of choice, cocoa and maca powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder, protein and fiber. Mix until well combined.

Fold in chocolate chips and candy cane pieces. 

Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using 1 tbsp, scoop pieces of the dough and roll between hands to make dough balls. Place 1-2" away from each other so they don't start fighting in the oven. 

Press down a little bit and sprinkle with some more crushed candy canes or chocolate chips.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack until cooled! 








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