Peppermint Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

by danielle on December 28, 2012

Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the  end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…

  • Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
  • Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
  • Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
  • Extra naps
  • Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
  • Going shopping
  • Extra manicures and pedicures
  • Lots of time with friends and family

peppermint chocolate chip sugar cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
  3. Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  5. Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
  6. Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 12 cookies

gluten free sugar cookie

gluten free peppermint chocolate chip cookie

Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie December 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

I love that list of things!! I have the winter blues once in a while, since it is so dark all the time. I have one of these ‘therapy-lights’ which help you to fill the lack of light during the winter, I love it! Shopping, couch and Pedicure are my favorites too!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Those lights are awesome! I really want to get one myself! I miss the sunshine!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple December 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

It is a bit sad with Christmas being over, but summer will be here soon like you said. I lov the sound of those cookies, they look great!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks so much Anna!

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Kristen@Change of Pace December 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

I usually spring clean in the winter. It keeps me busy and oddly enough it makes me happy. I clean out all the closets, get rid of things, and deep clean. It’s nice to do it after Christmas because then I have room for all of the gifts. I also hang out with my family a little bit more. :)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I am a huge cleaning fan no matter the time of year. I just did clean out my closet and drawers too!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I definitely get the winter blues too! I try to beat them by cooking up comfort food recipes, going to the movies, having coffee dates with friends, and going home to visit my family!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Coffee dates with friends are great too! I always make for extra family time too.

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Linz @ Itz Linz December 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

You gave some great ideas!! Going shopping is always fun… I mean malls are warm, right? ;)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Totally! Any excuse to shop right?!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

yum!! I love candy canes these sound delicious! Definitely dream about winter vacations when I have the winter blues and I definitely bake a lot in the winter time!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I bake a bit more too!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl December 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The cookies look very yummy! I especially like your cuddling with the puppy and manicures/pedicures ideas!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Kim!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

There’s a National Candy Cane Day? Wow. Any excuse to eat these cookies! :)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Hahaha right?!

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Kammie @ sensual appeal December 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Extra manicures and pedicures is a good idea for warding off the winter blues, I’m gonna do that one too. Also reading. And exercise. I need to just make sure to be committed again and not sulking :)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Reading always helps me too!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Cookies (and baking) are always a fantastic way to beat those winter blues :) I experience a cold-weather-funk every year towards the middle of January, but I’ve found that things like pampering myself, going shopping, having coffee dates with friends, taking on a DIY project, and keeping active definitely help me from getting too deep into a funk.

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Sounds like you have some great ideas to get out of the winter funk! Keeping active helps me too!

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Lisa December 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

You always know of the coolest holidays haha. I sometimes get into a little but of a Winter blues maybe at the beginning of February, but I try to move past it as fast as possible. I just try to stay indoors as much as possible;) Ah, how I wish I could eat eggs again!

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Aww I’ll have to start getting creative with no egg recipes for you!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear December 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I totally get the winter blues! When I do I usually get dressed up and go out to dinner or a movie with friends. Always cheers me up.

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Sounds good! Dressing up always makes me feel a little better!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities December 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Everyday I come to your blog for a little food porn :)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Yay :)

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