These cookies are simple to make, healthier than typical holiday treats and so delicious you will make them every year!
It’s December and we LOVE peppermint here at the Kelly house, especially around the holidays! Yes, these cookies have sugar in them. I lightened them up while still allowing them to taste delicious. I bought the candy canes at Whole Foods. They are organic and healthier than typical ones. Don’t go crazy if you can’t find them, there are only 3 candy canes in the whole recipe. And it IS the holidays, right?
I love baking a ton of different types of cookies and treats for the holidays. These are simple enough to make and they freeze really well too! I would just freeze them BEFORE you add the melted white chocolate chips and crushed candy cane topping. I also like freezing cookies so my family (and me) doesn’t eat them all in one day! To help with portion control, I put three cookies in a resealable plastic bag and freeze them (one of reach of my kids) and take it out and defrost them while I cook dinner. Easy peasy. And no one is overindulging.
Peppermint Crunch Cookies
- 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil room temperature, softened
- 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
- 1/2 cup unrefined brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2 candy canes crushed
- white chocolate chips for melting
- 1 candy cane crushed for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl.
Beat coconut oil, yogurt, and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat again. Mix in flour mixture until just incorporated.
Add 2 of the crushed candy canes. Mix until combined. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. Allow to cool completely.
Melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies. Top with additional crushed candy cane.
I hope you enjoy these! What is your favorite cookie during the holidays?