These peppermint chocolate whoopie pies are soft and sweet, but they’re Paleo and nut-free! You could never tell that they’re not “normal” cookies! They’re perfect for holiday baking!
These are my new favorite cookies.
I mean, come on. Peppermint, chocolate, and cream cheese (use dairy free if needed) are the perfect combination! I am a sucker for all things chocolate & mint. When my friend who’s allergic to nuts said I should do something with these two flavors, I knew she was right! It’s pretty hard to go wrong with chocolate and mint!
It is not hard to go wrong with Paleo baking, however. Coconut flour, which I used in this recipe, is so easy to screw up! Luckily, my first batch of these cookies turned out (almost) perfectly! They were just a little lumpy and misshapen . . . but that didn’t stop me from eating five of them in one evening. #noshame
When I made these for the photoshoot, I also whipped up a peppermint-cream cheese frosting. This stuff is CRACK, you guys. It is so addicting! If you’re lactose-intolerant or just avoiding dairy, go ahead and use dairy-free cream cheese! This coconut cashew “cream cheese” frosting sounds delicious, but it kind of defeats the purpose of making these cookies nut-free. You could whip some coconut cream with peppermint extract instead!
Once you’ve got your frosting, just sandwich it inbetween two cookies and you’re good to go! I recommend making a double (triple?) batch so you have peppermint chocolate whoopie pies for days!
If you add a dusting of chopped chocolate inbetween your two cookies like I did, I don’t think anyone would complain. 😉 More chocolate is ALWAYS a good idea!
Speaking of more chocolate, I read that a few bites a day of dark chocolate (70% or higher) can help lower the stress hormone, cortisol! That’s great for me, because I have finals this week! In fact, they start today . . . eek! I’m really nervous & just excited to get these over with! The sooner these finals are over with, the sooner I can go home and bake cookies. It’s been such a long semester, and I am SO ready for winter break! I’m looking forward to creating some extra-special content for you guys in the next few weeks. Until then, make yourself a batch (or four) of these peppermint chocolate whoopie pies and enjoy the cortisol-lowering effects of chocolate!