Easy Vegan Holiday Party Appetizers: Take 3

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 18, 2009


10 Ways To Know The Holidays Have You Going Off The Deep End: Take 2

1) You get into a fight with a 10 year old over the Last Nintendo Wii at Wal-Mart. You know kung-fu and you will use it.

2) You have a fanny pack filled with wrapping supplies: Tape, ribbon, and bows. You have a pair of scissors in a tool belt holster. You wear it proudly to the post office.

3) You have been singing so many Christmas Carols, your voice is a bit hoarse. People avoid you because they think you’ve got the Swine.

4) You start eating your Corn Flakes with Egg Nog instead of your regular 1% milk.

5) You have a huge melt-down in the post office when you realize that you missed the cut-off for shipping out your packages. You call Canada Post and sob……Whyyyyyyyyyyyy.

6) You have not seen your cat for days because you accidently wrapped Fluffy in a box.

7) You dog is wearing some type of santa paraphernalia- antlers, Santa hat, bells, etc.

8.) You camp out overnight in front of the shopping mall, so you can be the first to sprint through the doors.

9) You vow to knock out the next person who asks you if your sweater is for a tacky Christmas sweater party.

10) You’ve eaten so many Christmas cookies your family starts calling you Mrs. Christie.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These peppermint cookies are a breath of fresh air during the often hectic holiday season. The best thing about them is that the prep work is less than 10 minutes and they only take 11 minutes in the oven. Now that is something to smile about!



  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy dark chocolate chips
  • 2 1/4 cups spelt flour
  • 5 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T chia flour (or 1 more T of cocoa powder)
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 t pure peppermint extract
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • Splash of Almond milk (if batter is dry)

Directions: Mix dry ingredients (chips, flour, cocoa, chia flour (optional), baking powder, baking soda, cane sugar) in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl mix the wet ingredients (coconut oil, maple syrup, agave, extracts). Add wet to dry. If batter is dry add a splash or two of non-dairy milk. I added about 1 tablespoon. Spoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 11 minutes at 350F and no longer. After 1 minute of cooling, transfer to cooling rack. Yields approx. 25 cookies.

Recipe adapted from Dreena Burton’s Chocolate Mint Melties found in ED&BV.


These cookies delivered the PEP!!!!

The entire house smells like peppermint too. It’s wonderful! Eric doesn’t even like peppermint and he loved these cookies. I love that spelt is the flour used in these cookies. Spelt is so much healthier than traditional white flour. They took me under 30 minutes to make from start to finish too!

Have you made any Holiday Cookies yet? What kinds?


I’m off to finish work, cooking (one last appetizer to make!), cleaning, and sweater prep! Stay tuned for the party recap. :D



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megan December 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm

yum, these look so good! I’ve baked so many Christmas cookies this year, it’s alarming. but I was doing a 12 days of Christmas (cookies) series on my blog, so I had to. :) my husband didn’t complain too much either hehe


Whole Body Love December 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Angela I am so excited about these! My guy loves the combo of Chocolate and Mint! But, I have never tried Chia Flour…where do you find it? Can I make it from ground chia seeds?


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

They look amazing! I have baked TONS of cookies already – a few hundred dozen. I can’t even remember them, but I posted last week. I’ve already eaten lots. :)


Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I usually do cookies for potlucks but I have some mini frittata in the oven right now that I’m taking to work this afternoon.


Guen December 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I’m hosting a Cookie Swap tomorrow! As long as the impending snow doesn’t ruin it. I’m making 12 dozen white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies. I’m looking forward to all the different kinds everyone else is making.


Kristie Lynn December 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Hehe I love the wrapping up the cat thing. I haven’t wrapped up my cat, but I almost started the dishwasher with her in it! She had just climbed in while I was loading the top and didn’t even meow when I started to shut the door! Good thing I couldn’t shut it all the way with her in it :-D


Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) December 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

haha! loved this post! cookies look amazing =)


Anne @ the doctor takes a wife December 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm

No cookies yet!! Gearing up for a weekend bake-a-thon!!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Those look delicious!

Your list is funny, I’m going over the deep end but it’s not because of Christmas! It’s because of my sister’s wedding two days AFTER Christmas! Seriously, who does that?


VeggieGirl December 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Hehe, love the top 10 list ;)

Haven’t baked yet (no time with all the final exams this week!), but I’m loving those cookies!! Thanks for sharing!!


Pure2Raw Twins December 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I love anything with chocolate and mint! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

I have already made a ton of Christmas goodies, from cookies to brownies to macaroon to scones, much more and still going ; ) Gotta love being a baker!!


Ameena December 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Oh these look SO good. I think I am going to need to find some spelt flour because then maybe I can actually eat these!!


Kiersten December 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm

That list made me laugh, especailly #1. Your cookies look delish! I love using spelt flour in my cookies.


Bridget December 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

What a great looking recipe! I like to get holiday baking done early so I made shortbread, butter tarts and pumpkin chocolate squares. They’ve all been put in the freezer. So far, I’ve been able to resist the temptation hehe :)


Carolyn December 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Those cookies look great and I love the list!! I think I qualify for #10.


Annie D. December 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

GREAT RECIPE!!! Thanks, Angela!! Merry Christmas!


Leah December 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Im making shortbread this year for my grandpa. I know I wont eat them, so I may have to make these ones for myself.

I loved the list btw! I havent dressed my dog up yet, but one year I did put reindeer antlers on my horse and take a picture for my Christmas cards. It was the cutest thing ever!


Jenny December 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Those cookies sound amazing!!


Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm

those cookies look soooo yummy! If I make them, do I really have to share?


AGS December 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I have done zero holiday baking — but a LOT of holiday sampling. ;)

My meals consist of alcohol/water after work and soup and veggies for dinner each night. This is my LAST formal holiday event associated with work. I am SO happy. That makes 5 corporate/client dinners, 3 conference receptions, 4 personal get-togethers, and 5 company/client parties since December 5. Yes — if you do the math, I had multiple events many evenings. I am almost DONE! Thank God!


Britt - Runnerbelle December 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I may have to attempt those cookies! I stay pretty traditional as far as preparation of cookies, haven’t ventured into spelt flour before. I did make some awesome Chocolate Dipped Orange Cookies though. I love orange zest in baked goods!


eatingRD December 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

mmm heaven! I’m going to a cookie exchange tomorrow and I’m making a GF dark choc chip and chocolate baklava. Have a great party!


eatingRD December 18, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I know you’ve posted about this a lot, but what kind of lense/flash do you use again? I’m looking to splurge with the sigma 50mm f2.8 macro because it looks so wonderful! I just have terrible lighting, so I dind’t know if I should get a flash or a lighting kit? Thanks for your advice :)


Kristine December 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Feel free to send some of those cookies my way! Hehehe :)


Chelsea December 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I may need to try these!


Dawn (HealthySDLiving) December 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

These look wonderful!
I haven’t make any holiday cookies yet but next week we’ll be doing our baking next week. I have NO clue what we’ll be making yet! :/


caitlin December 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

what the heck is coconut oil, angie?? is there a substitution? i want to make these ASAP!


Anne P December 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Yummm I love chocolate and peppermint together :)


Stacy December 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

just made these and they ARE YUMMMY!!! I will have to make some more before Christmas. Thanks!! ohh I thought about adding crushed candy canes next time, do you think that would be okay?


Kris | iheartwellness.com December 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Great minds think alike!

I have been living off of a “kris” adjusted recipe of these cookies for about 2 weeks now!

I use almond flour – http://www.iheartwellness.com/?p=429

I found the recipe in Alive Magazine


Laura December 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I have all the ingredients and I am going to make these tomorrow! They look fantastic!!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I have made a ton of Christmas cookie this year! Check them out on my blog! search “christmas cookies” ;)


Vanity&Sanity December 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Oh, those cookies look delish!

I haven’t had the chance to do much baking this year, but my mom gave me her awesome shortbread cookies and her AMAZING butter tarts (as a fellow Canadian you probably know of these).


Julie @savvyeats December 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Yum! I love the non-vegan, less-healthy version of these, so I’ll have to try your recipe!


Becka December 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm

When is the whittle my middle thing coming?

PS. These look yummy. I love peppermint and chocolate!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Its up on my ABS page! :)


Kris December 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Have fun at your party! :) Yummy cookies!


Michelle @ Eatingjourney December 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I made vegan and gluten free Gingerbread cookies w/ a holiday spice icing. I had co-workers asking for the recipe!

Eric is one lucky testing machine.



[email protected] December 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm

lol…your post made me laugh:-) Yes, I made pecan cookies…it’s the only really “Christmas” like thing I’ve done so far( and maybe the last ) but they were yummy as always. Aloha :-) A


mountain girl December 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Hey Angela,

I was checking out your sugar cookies from back in March…they look soooo good, but I need to find a healthy vegan frosting recipe. I don’t eat refined sugar, but the only recipes I can find have confectioner’s sugar in them. Do you have a good icing recipe?


Katie December 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

Chocolate+mint = my favorite combo. I have to make these! I’ve made a few too many christmas cookies (and posted about them, including recipes) – gingerbread men, perppermint bars, peppermint bicotti, ginger cookies, etc. All are vegan too!


Elis December 19, 2009 at 1:49 am

Ohh I’m making some tommorow with my sister! Not sure what kind yet. I’ll probably try one of your recipes out (:


The Voracious Vegan December 19, 2009 at 5:01 am

Ooooh perfection! Those cookies look so soft and chewy and beautiful! I’ve been looking for a new cookie recipe and this looks JUST RIGHT! Thanks so much!


Christy December 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

Haha, I love #2, the fanny pack one! So nerdy!! :lol:


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) December 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’ve made sugar cookies (with peppermint sprinkles!), but I REALLY want to make these chocolate peppermint cookies! They are perfect for me because (A) I’m vegan, (B) I’m a chocoholic, and (C) chocolate and peppermint is such a perfect holiday combo!!! I also really want to make something gingerbread, but have been deterred by my bf who (gasp!) does not like gingerbread. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!


Jolene December 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I have made shortbread, chocolate mountains (macaroons) and some squares.


Katherine December 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I made snickerdoodles when I was home over Thanksgiving but I’ve been making pecans, fudge and chocolate-covered orange peels!


rungirlrunn December 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Those cookies sound awesome!


Liz December 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I made these this week when I went to a holiday party. I love that they’re vegan too. SO GOOD!!!


Ilham May 10, 2010 at 1:57 am

looking so delicious! i was wondering if i can use canola oil instead of coconut oil? thank you!


katie October 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Made these last night for a party. They were DEVOURED! Everyone was raving about them..
Thanks for the recipe :)


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