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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups

Healthy Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups Recipe - Healthy Mint Slice Biscuit Recipe - Healthy Thin Mint Cookie Recipe - gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free

Sometimes the hardest part about coming up with a recipe in your head is naming it. You're looking at that situation with this very post.

You see, this recipe was spurred by our Advent Calendar. Yesterday, the Advent Calendar Activity was to create a Peppermint-y Sweet Treat. On Saturday night, Katrina got to choose our dessert and she wanted something with chocolate and peppermint so we created a rice crispy bark concoction - but I still wanted to stick to the advent calendar activity for the day so whilst I walked around the park, I got to thinking.

Well actually... first I dodged a giant tree that came falling down in front of me. But it seems like narrowly avoiding death is good for my brain because about a minute or so after that tree fell just two metres in front of me, I came up with this recipe!

Vegan Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups Recipe - Healthy Mint Slice Biscuit Recipe - Healthy Thin Mint Cookie Recipe - gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free

I first thought about making cookies, but then I thought about fudge - so I decided to combine the two! A delicious chocolate cookie base with a melt in your mouth mint chocolate fudge topping. The ultimate peppermint-y treat in my mind. 

But then I set myself a challenge - this recipe, of course, had to be healthy and gluten free - but I also wanted it to be vegan and refined sugar free as I feel like my vegan friends have been missing out on the blog this Christmas! (I'm sorry! Is this an okay peace offering?!).

Jesse doesn't actually like mint chocolate, however, he loved these and decided they tasted like the ultimate Healthy Thin Mint Cookie (being an Australian, I was already thinking they were the ultimate Healthy Mint Slice Biscuit ;P) thanks to the crunchy cookie base and thick mint chocolate fudge layer on top.

But whatever you want to call them, they're delicious! And the perfect healthy treat to make this Christmas - or anytime you fancy! Because they're baked in a muffin tin, they're also super easy to make - no annoying dipping or coating and getting chocolate all over the place - just pour it right in!

So let me give you the recipe so that you can make them yourself!


Healthy Mint Chocolate Fudge Cookie Cups Recipe - Healthy Mint Slice Biscuit Recipe - Healthy Thin Mint Cookie Recipe - gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free

Healthy Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups makes 12-14 
a delicious crunchy chocolate cookie base topped with a thick layer of mint chocolate fudge
low fat, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free

For the chocolate cookie base: 
1 tbsp (15g) coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup 
1 tbsp water
3/4 cup (90g) buckwheat flour or gluten free plain flour 
1 1/2 tbsp (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder* 
1/4 tsp baking soda 
Pinch of salt

To make the cookie base: 
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/355F and set aside either 1-2 silicone mini muffin tins (highly recommended as it makes it easier to get your finished cookie cups out!) or a regular mini muffin tin, lined with paper liners (this makes it easier to get the cookie cups out later)
  • Melt your coconut oil with your maple syrup and water either in a heat proof bowl in the microwave or over the stove (it will literally take just a couple of seconds). 
  • Add in your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix to combine. 
  • Divide your cookie dough amongst your prepared muffin tins, flattening the dough to form an even layer that covers the base of each muffin hole. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes and remove, allowing your cookie bases to cool in the muffin tin.

To make the mint fudge topping:
6 tbsp (80g) coconut oil 
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp mint extract 
1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder* 
Pinch of salt 
  • After your cookie bases have cooled for about 15 minutes, make your fudge mixture by mixing all of your ingredients together and heating them over a low heat (or in the microwave for 10-20 seconds) whilst stirring to incorporate all of the ingredients into a smooth mixture. You really only need to melt the coconut oil so it will be a quick process! 
  • Once your mixture is smooth, pour about 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp mix over each of your cookie bases (whilst still in the muffin tins of course!) and then place your muffin tins into the fridge to set. 
  • The cookie cups should set in around 1/2 an hour but it may take longer depending on your fridge. They're ready to eat once they're firm to the touch and you can easily remove them from the tins!
*If making these gluten free, be sure to check your cocoa powder as some contain gluten!

But tell me, do you ever struggle to name what you bake/cook? Or do you tend to stick to classic recipes?
I am always struggling to name things. I'll make Jesse dinner and he'll say "ooh what's this" and I end up having to describe how I made it/what's in it because I have no idea what to call my random creation :P 

21 comments:

  1. That's it...I'm declaring you the dessert queen!

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  2. I love all the fruit at Christmas, but I also can't go past a big piece of Mum's duck egg, double cream caramel tart.

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  3. I'm a facebook liker :)

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  4. And a twit as well :D

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  5. White Christmas Slice I make it every year and I think I eat more of it then the kids!

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  6. Facebook liker

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  7. Twitter Follower

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  8. Follow on Instagram too :)

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  9. Gingerbread, miss15 and I have made two huge batches already. I love gifting homemade gifts, so we needed a lot :)

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  10. Already follow on Facebook.

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  11. Already follow on Twitter too.

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  12. I love a gingerbread house so beautifully decorated with mouth watering sweets! There it sits on my table for a month teasing and taunting me until Christmas day when I take great pleasure in demolishing it's deliciousness!!
    Have like on FB and twitter :)

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  13. Shortbread baked with my grandma's recipe... it means a little bit of her still gets to be with us for Christmas, and enjoying this delicious treat brings back memories of many great Christmas times past! :)

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  14. I already like you on FB ^^

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  15. Already following you on Twitter as @abuckshort36

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  16. Now following you on Instagram as @allaglow.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  17. Haha, you can NEVER have enough desserts! ;) xx

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  18. Is the cocoa powder for the fudge topping unsweetened also? Looking forward to making these this week!

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  19. Hi Lisa, yes it is and I'll change that now! (I'm always forgetting that other parts of the world have sweetened cocoa powder!). You'll have to let me know what you think - and be sure to snap a picture to send to us! xx

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  20. Shortbread, home made short bread is the best!!! also stone fruit, and walnuts

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