Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, Gluten Free, Oat Flour, Dairy-Free, Soft-Baked)

Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Oat Flour.

Happy first day of Christmas/Holiday month!!! I feel like there should be horns or something… does anyone have any horn sounds? And they should totally be golden horns adorned with mistletoe. Wouldn’t that be cool? Like… mint? Or perhaps, peppermint? As in 5 minute easy peppermint fudge? Or vegan peppermint mocha cupcakes?

Um, anyway, what was I saying?

Yes, Happy December! Are you finally ready to, for realsies, get your holiday on? I hope you are, because today I have something seriously special for you: my Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. These cookies are so chocolatey, so decadent, and so… Christmas!! Do you hear Jingle Bells playing in the background or what?

Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree #OatFlour |

In collusion with the golden horns chorus, of course. 😉

Okay, so this isn’t the first peppermint chocolate recipe of the season. If you were here on Monday, you might have seen/drooled/hopefully-already-made my peppermint crunch bars. If you loved that, then you’ll seriously love this. It has all the cool mint YUM of the season, as well as our much-beloved chocolate bestie.

But with DRIZZLE.

Yep, I said it. And yep, I SO drizzled it. You cool with that? I thought so. 😉

Anywho, now that it’s officially December, you might be scrambling around test baking the perfect recipes for holiday gatherings. Or taste testing fave goodies at the local bakery? Whatever floats your festive boat, my friend. But around these parts, it’s kitchen time from sunup to sundown. And then some.

Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree #OatFlour |

Erik and I are getting ready to send out our annual packages of assorted cookies, candies and little funny gifts. I’ve already picked out the perfect swea—shoot, I can’t say because my sister’s gonna read this and it will totally ruin the surprise!! Darn! But I can tell you about the goodies we’re gonna be including in those packages. Side note, I’ve totally been eyeing these gluten free gingerbread cookies from Bless Her Heart Y’all! If you make them, just be sure to use vegan butter to make them vegan! 🙂

This one’s not a spoiler for the fam because they’re surprisingly vocal and matter-of-fact about the exact goodies they want in their packages. Ahem. Andrew, I’m not talking about you… *Clears throat* 😉 Here’s what I’m including:

On the Candy front:

Peppermint Crunch Bars (If I hear one more request for these, I’m gonna… crunch!)

Paleo Almond Joy (I’m pretty sure my mom just hinted that she’d seriously consider disowning me if I didn’t make at least two batches for her… Such a kind soul, that one.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles (Might just keep a few of these…)

Paleo Vegan Chocolate Coconut Truffles (‘Nuff said.)

Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cups (Always a hit–serious no-fail recipe here!)

Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree #OatFlour |

On the Cookies/Baked Goodies front:

– these Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, of course!

Best Vegan Brownies (Yes, Andrew, a double batch—I heard ya!!)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Monica’s fave! She says they taste like brownies.)

Triple Chocolate Pecan Brownies (aka Erik’s “Now I Like Chocolate and Nuts Together” Brownies)

Vegan Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies (My personal fave.)

On the Gifts front:

– I can’t say. Remember?? 😉

And you’re totally gonna laugh at me when I say this, but one of my favorite/most loathed parts (remember the thin line between love and hate?) is packing these goodies up! Erik says that I’m a Packing Wizard. Only because I’ve had to pack our entire lives into like 3 luggages at least 5 times in the past 7 years. We like to move, but that’s a whole different story.

But anyway, I also like to send out cookie/treat packages a few times year-round. It sure is quite the “treat” (translation: sweaty energy balls) to see whether or not these goodies turn up safe and sound on the other end. Fortunately, there was only one incident when I sent super soft-baked cookies to my sister Penny in haste and totally just blew it. Lesson learned: no more sending super soft-baked cookies in the future.

Unless I wanted to send a gift box of cookie “crumbles.”

Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree #OatFlour |

That’s why I’m gonna seriously pack these guys with LOADS of candy, sturdy brownies and nicely cushioned cookies. I’m also thinking about adding in this totally droolworthy gf choco mint brownie recipe from Fearless Dining. I’m gonna veganize them real quick by swapping the eggs for flax eggs. 😉  Anyway, I have this love/hate situation with packing because I just love fitting these treats in like puzzle pieces. How much cushioning is needed? Which treats should be separated because the scents/chemical composition will cause the others to change? Will my handwritten note get smashed to smithereens, along with my cookies, by the time they get to Monica?

Right after I seal up that last flap, these questions and challenges float around without answers… until. UNTIL: arrival! It’s the most wonderful thing ever to get a phone call, a text, a picture about the package from one of my sisters with all the exclamation points. Like, ALL of them. Challenge: complete! I mean, challenge: complete!!!!!!!!!

And knowing that the people I love, who live so stinkin’ far away, can still know that they’re loved, thought about, baked for (oh, you know what I mean!)—it’s just wonderful. 🙂

How about you? Do you send packages of treats this time of year?

This year, I’m so excited to hand-deliver many of these goodies to my mom, my sister Jenny and Dylan. Yep, we’re gonna do Christmas all the wonderful ways in Boston! I’m hoping we get a chance to ice skate at Frog Pond, go shopping downtown, bake cookies together (especially with Dylan’s help) and just enjoy the warm, quiet moments together. Okay, it’s not gonna be that warm in Boston…

What are your plans this holiday season?

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While I eagerly await your reply, allow me to tell you all about these simply delectable Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. They’re:

  • made especially for chocolate lovers
  • vegan, gluten free, whole grain
  • so easy to make, it’s not even funny. But it is. 😉
  • perfectly minty, perfectly festive
  • chocolate, upon chocolate, upon chocolate
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • seriously so satisfying for your sweet tooth
  • soft-baked (but not super soft, ‘cuz ya know…)
  • perfect for gift-giving this holiday season

I hope you get to bake these with your family this year. Btw, I’m soooo looking forward to hearing about your holiday festivities! What do you have planned for this year? Thank you for spending the holidays getting ready with me. Wishing you a safe and wonderful season…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove (woah, this is totally Christmasy already!!), xo Demeter ❤️

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Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, Gluten Free, Oat Flour, Dairy-Free, Soft-Baked)

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Vegan Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for decadent, soft-baked peppermint cookies bursting with chocolate. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Oat Flour.



Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water, whisked together, set for 10 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract

Add-in Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • For topping: 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips


  • ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon melted coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside for later.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients: coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, flax eggs, and peppermint. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Whisk until you get a sticky, soft dough-like mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the bowl of cookie dough. Let sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature—this allows the dry mixture to absorb the wet mixture and become more cohesive.*
  6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a fork, flatten cookies into a round disc of desired thickness—they won’t spread much during baking. Press chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes. Using a flat, heatproof spatula, carefully lift cookies off the baking sheet and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.
  8. In a microwave safe bowl, add ¼ cup chocolate chips and ¼ teaspoon melted coconut oil. Heat in 20-second increments until softened and melted. Stir until smooth. Spoon melted chocolate into a small zip bag and trim off a tiny corner. Pipe chocolate in a zigzag pattern across the top of each cookie.
  9. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.


– *You can skip this step, but the dough is more likely to be too sticky to flatten with a fork. Also, the cookies are less likely to have a beautiful textured on top.
– Adapted from my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (V, GF, DF).
– Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
– Freezing instructions: Store in an airtight, freezer-friendly container in the freezer for 1-2 months. Before enjoying, allow to thaw for 5-10 minutes at room temperature. Or, heat in the microwave in 20-second increments until warm.
– More cookie recipes: cranberry chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal, gluten free vegan trail mix, and paleo pumpkin chocolate chip.
– More holiday recipes: peppermint crunch bars, skillet-roasted maple cinnamon pecans, paleo vegan chocolate coconut truffles and no bake chocolate pecan bars. (all V, GF, DF)

  • Category: Cookies, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free

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  1. I made these cookies earlier today: the chocolate and peppermint flavours are on point. They are indeed soft like the title says – almost more like an cakey texture. I was unsure whether the coconut oil for the base cookie recipe was 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp, or just 1/4 cup. I used 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp for just the cookies. I also accidentally stirred the flax eggs before the 10 minutes were up- maybe if I hadn’t done that, the cookies would be firmer. Overall happy that these oat-based vegan cookies turned out so tasty 🙂

  2. these sound amazing but i am allergic to oats in addition to being gf/grain free/df/sf. do you think almond flour would work in this? thank you!!

    1. Hi Marci, I’m not sure. I know that a 1:1 sub would not work since oat flour is way more absorbent than almond flour. If you do try it, increase the amount significantly. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Hi Demeter, I’m thinking to sub the peppermint extract with peppermint essential oil. Have you ever used essential oils in baking? I’m wondering how many drops would substitute the teaspoon of extract. Thanks!

    1. Hi Patricia! Since essential oils are so much more concentrated than extracts, 1 drop of peppermint essential oil should do. You might need to adjust a bit to match your mintiness preference. 🙂

  4. I just made these and they taste awesome! I left some out at room temperature and they fell apart when I picked them up but when I stored them in the fridge they stayed together great. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed them, Alyssa! 🙂 I’m currently working on a sturdier cookie recipe, which I know you’ll love!

    1. Hi Kwyndala! Yes, you can use 2 real eggs! 🙂 Just make sure to use room temperature eggs so they don’t harden the melted coconut oil in this recipe. 🙂 Enjoy!

    1. Hi Fernando, I’ve never tried using butter for the coconut oil… but quite a few readers have subbed non-dairy and regular butter for coconut oil in a lot of my recipes. So it *should* be okay. Try a 1:1 ratio. Hope this helps! Happy Holidays! 🙂

      1. Hi Demeter, thanks for answer, but I did’t answer the measure if could be the same like coconut oil. Almost 1 cup or a half? Thanks again 🙂

      2. Hi Fernando, sorry, let me clarify. 🙂 Use ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons butter in place of the coconut oil. My pleasure! 🙂

  5. Can I sub Pillsbury Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend for the oat flour directly? Or will I need to make other adjustments?

    1. Hi Michelle, I haven’t had the chance to use Pillsbury’s GF flour, so I’m not exactly sure how it will work in this recipe. Having used other GF flours, I would guess that a 1:1 substitute would result in slightly drier than is ideal cookies. Try leaving out 1-2 tablespoons of flour and adjust as needed. Hope this helps! Happy baking! 🙂

  6. Your family is so lucky you’re sending them loads of Goodies! I really wished we lived closer, I wouldn’t mind a dozen of these triple chocolate peppermint cookies! . They look so soft and gooey and decadent. Happy start of December, I hear jingle bells playing in the background…

    1. That’s what I keep telling them! Lol. But then they just add more requests to the list, then I’m like… I shouldn’t have mentioned it again! Lolol. If you’re ever in town, I’d be pleased to make you two a batch! Happy holidays, my friends! <3

  7. Mint and chocolate sound interesting Demeter. I would love to try this recipe soon.
    Your name itself is synonymous with high-quality, tasty bakes. And you more than live up to that name, your cookies are always a big hit. Pinning!!!

    1. They go so well together! Can’t wait to hear what you think, Puja! 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet words and for pinning. 🙂

  8. You are right. I TOTALLY hear Jingle Bells playing in the background while I’m looking at these beauties 😉 You are the true queen of cookies Demeter. You know that? I mean… your cookies are ALL, not only gorgeous, delicious looking BUT super healthy and so sooo simple to make. And you use this crazy good combos.. like choco and peppermint. Oh common, right!?! And that melting little chocolate chips on top.. and the dizzle! Just too much for me to handle right now 😀 Cookies look fantastic D. I LOVE the combo. Sharing and pinning! Have a wonderful week friend 😉

    1. Haha. I seriously have that song on a loop here! Who knows how long it’ll take before Erik and I get sick of it. Lol. Aw, thanks so much Natalie! 🙂 Chocolate and peppermint are just one of the BEST combos of the season! Have a fantastic week my dear! xo

  9. I’ve always been able to hand deliver all of my cookies and things. Until this year, of course. I don’t know if I’m going to try it out or not, it makes me nervous! These cookies sound SO DELICIOUS, Demeter! Mint and chocolate are the best of friends and make me happy in all the ways. Your fam is super lucky to have you making all of your goodies!! Hope you’re having a great start to the Christmas season! Bog hogs! XO

    1. This year just might be full of wonderful packaging adventures! Or… online shopping. Haha. It’s quite the nerve-wracking experience, for sure. But I know you can do it! Thanks so much Steph! Hope you have a particularly festive and relaxing December 1st! Bog hogs! xoxo

  10. Luckily I can just hand deliver my goodies 😉 But ALWAYS, everyone expects me to gift them some yummy baked goods and treats! It’s my art and I always give “diy” gifts! Never bought! So much more meaningful and you can sense (TASTE!) the love from edible gifts!

    1. Nice! Makes things much less… edgy. Haha. I bet you give out the yummiest treats! I just love DIY gifts! Something about homemade that just feels special. 🙂

  11. My mind has been thinking it’s the holidays for a good week or two now and craving peppermint goodies just like THESE, so thank goodness the calendar finally caught up.Your fam jam is soooo lucky, I mean that packing list is the stuff Christmas present dreams are made of! Mmmm all those holiday flavors and scents in one box, I bet it is amazing! Ha you should’ve just played it cool: “Yeah I totally meant to send you cookie crumbles for topping your…ice cream or something…” lol But I bet you have it down to a precision art now!. Although perhaps the third chocolate of these triple chocolate cookies should be sent separately?? Smushed drizzle can just ruin a cookie. Ahhh Christmas in Boston–how exciting!!❤️ That will be amazing. We are just doing a simple Christmas here, first year my sister won’t be home for it. But then we are going to Fiji in January to meet up with her so that’s what I’m really looking forward too. Thanks for the extra holiday vibes for my Thursday! xoxo

    1. Riiiight? It’s kinda been holiday central here for what feels like months. Lol. That’s recipe testing for ya! The care packages are slowly getting more and more epic each year… Lol. Someone’s gotta put a stop to these things! 😉 Oh you’re so right! I mean, who doesn’t want cookie crumbles? Top everything, right? The drizzle hardens after about 10 minutes, thank goodness! Aw… sorry your sis isn’t gonna be around, but SO happy that you’ll all be meeting up in Jan! I’m gonna need all the deets about that! 🙂 Muah! xoxo

  12. Geez Louise, that is A LOT of treats going into those packages!! I’d say I hope your family knows how lucky they are to have a treat baking, sassy lovely little D to the Meter with wizardly packing skills sending them goodies… but I’m 99.9999% sure you all know how lucky you are to have each other. 😉 So, do I send my family baked goodies? Um no, but I do send them gift cards. Lol. I don’t have magical packing skills, so I’m preeeetty sure the goodies would arrive crushed and crumbled! BUT, I do bake treats for Boy and his boss! And during the holidays I bake treats for him to give to the girls at the dr offices he frequents (his accounts). SO I DO BAKE! lol. Anyways, I gotta work on my rambling. LOVE these cookies! You are the peppermint MASTA girlfriend! These cookies with their minty flava and dreamy drizzle are just perfect for the holidays (and all the other days of the year)! Pinned of course! MWAH! Cheers, sass-a-frass! xoxo

    1. Haha. You’re telling me! I keep getting texts with new requests! I’m like, people, please limit yourselves to two requests each. Pretty please?? 😉 J/k! Yeah, they’re the best family ever. So a few treats is just not even gonna cover it. Lol. Gift cards sound awesome! So… can I be included in this holiday baking giveaway business? Boy and friends are very lucky to enjoy your treats. Just sayin’/ 😉 Thanks for pinning and making me smile as always, my bestie! xoxo

    1. Right? And that’s especially true this time of year! 🙂 Thanks so much, Marsha! Can’t wait to hear what you think! xo

  13. Haha – Oh Demeter, my 4-year old Newfie mix pup is just as distracted as you seem to be this brisk December morning. He went out to do his business and got distracted by a squirrel – then came in and promptly went and stood by the door – again! I gotta say – if I had these in my kitchen, I might be just as distracted myself! I adore soft baked peppermint cookies and these are so healthy! What a treat your family is in for – not only do they get a boat load of your goodies but they get your company! I hope your time in Boston is fantabulous! I know I’ll be talking to ya before then but in case am too distracted to tell ya again, figured I’d leave it out there now 🙂
    December is a busy month for me and I haven’t even thought of Holiday plans as my daughter’s bday is next Tuesday – and I haven’t planned her cake/cookie cake/ice cream cake yet! I’m the master procrastinator! Yikes!
    Happy December, friend! xo

    1. Woah, I must hear about this new pup! And perhaps see some pics?? 🙂 I bet your little one is the cutest! His antics are already so adorable. I’m still getting calls everyday with new requests for goodies. I’m like, guys, you know I can’t send All the Things, riiiiight? . Thanks so much, Shashi! Happy early birthday to your awesome kiddo. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you have planned! xo

  14. Hooray for the holidays and for December! I seriously can’t believe we’re just 24 short days away from Christmas. Where has the time gone?! And your care packages sound like they’re the BEST, Demeter! I want to try ALL of your cookies, especially your peppermint crunch bars and these peppermint cookies. I have a serious thing for peppermint, especially when it’s combined with chocolate. And triple the chocolate?! Sign me up! These cookies are just gorgeous, friend! I have no doubt that these would last all of 2 seconds in my house. Pinned, of course! Happy December 1st, friend!

    1. Yeah!!! You can say that again, G! 🙂 Gotta love the holidays! 🙂 Oh my goodness… when you put it that way, only have so few days left to celebrate. Let’s make the most of it! So cool to learn that you’re a big fan of peppermint! Thank you so much for your sweet words. Happy December 1st to you, too my dear! xo