One Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cookies - Vegan + GF

Over the last few days I have made about 5 different batches of holiday cookies. Mainly for Matt to take to his annual holiday Christmas party at work but also to snack on around the house. I love baking during the holidays!

One of the cookies I made were these 7-ingredient easy holiday vegan brownie cookies. They are super simple to make, require common kitchen ingredients, and it's just one bowl, meaning you can just dump it all in one bowl for less mess.

I do not like a strong peppermint extract flavor in any type of dessert or cookie (for some reason it has started tearing my stomach up) so I kept these just a regular chocolate flavor and subbed the peppermint with vanilla extract and it tastes so good. If you really enjoy peppermint, then feel free to add some in.

They have a soft fudgey brownie like texture so I recommend keeping them on the thicker side when you press them down to really give you that brownie experience. I topped mine with a few peppermint candy cane bits to make it look fun and festive.

Happy Holidays!

One Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cookies - Vegan + GF


1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (only use natural peanut butter)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup oat flour (use Gluten Free if you need to)

1 tsp baking powder


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, oat flour, and baking powder.

3. Add in the peanut butter, maple syrup, apple sauce, and vanilla (or peppermint if using) to the same bowl and stir well until everything is well mixed and the flour is no longer visible. It will be thick and sticky.

4. Using a spoon, scoop out 8 portions of dough and roll into round balls with your hands. Tip: Lightly wet the tips of your fingers with cold water to help prevent the batter from sticking to your hands.

5. Flatten each cookie with your fingers as these wont spread out on their own.

6. Bake for 11 minutes.

7. When the cookies are done, let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 more minutes then transfer on a cooling rack. Top with the optional candy cane pieces.


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