It’s DECEMBER!!! Commence the holiday baking! I’ve been waiting for weeks and weeks to share this recipe, I’m so excited about it. These are real-deal brownies. They’re dense and fudgy, chocolatey and rich. The coolness of the peppermint and the barely-there hint of coconut flavor from the oil are perfect here. They cut through some of the richness and they’re spot on for the holiday season.
This is another recipe using that great Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour we love so much for our gluten free pie crust. The flour blend is designed to make gluten free baking super easy. No extra ingredients, no extra gums or gelatin or psyllium husks or other things to add to it. Cut and dry, easy-peasy.
If you’re new to gluten free baking or baking for someone who is, this is the number one GF flour blend I’d recommend because you don’t have to have any other specialty ingredients or hard-to-find flours. To test it out, I adapted an old recipe, substituting coconut oil for the butter and pure maple syrup for the sugar. You can use any chocolate you prefer here, but I think dark chocolate makes for the nicest pairing.
I couldn’t resist topping these with a tiny dusting of powdered sugar. It’s the closest to snow we’ll get for a while, but they look so lovely. You can certainly skip it if you prefer, or if you’re bringing these to a party (where powdered sugar just seems to get everywhere).
Change it Up
First off, you can opt to use peppermint essential oil in place of the peppermint extract. Peppermint essential oil IS a bit stronger and more concentrated than extract is, so be aware that even though you just one drop, it will likely be a stronger peppermint flavor.
Not a peppermint fan? No problem. Skip the peppermint extract. You can use almond extract in its place or just stick with the vanilla. The slight coconut flavor really complements either option.
Not gluten free? The beauty of this flour blend is that you can switch it out seamlessly with regular wheat flour. This recipe works either way (I know that because it’s adapted from an old recipe I’ve baked using wheat flour before our gluten free days).
Rather use butter? Go right ahead! I actually really like the subtle coconut flavor of the oil paired with the cool mint, but butter would also work here. Your choice.
Prefer honey to maple syrup? No problem. Liquid sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and agave would all work here. I prefer pure maple syrup because it competes less with the other flavors. Honey will add a little of its own flavor to the batter. I don’t use agave, but they’re interchangeable in this recipe.
And that’s it! These would make a great addition to any cookie plate or hot chocolate party you plan on attending this season. Oh, and if you’re in the market for the Gluten Free Baking Flour, click here to download a $1 off coupon good for ANY Bob’s Red Mill product. Happy baking!Print
You can also use peppermint essential oil in place of the peppermint extract. Please note that even though you’d just use 1 drop, the peppermint flavor will be more concentrated and therefore stronger. Super delicious, but stronger. If you prefer a more subtle flavor, I recommend sticking with peppermint extract.
- 1 1/3c dark chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life or Guittard extra dark)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract or 1 drop peppermint essential oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup gluten free baking flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix)
- 1/3–1/2 cup additional chocolate chips (optional)
- In a small saucepan, melt 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips with syrup and coconut oil over low heat. Stir very regularly until there are only a few small lumps remaining. Turn off heat and continue to stir until glossy and smooth.
- While stirring, add in eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla, peppermint, and salt. Fold in gluten free flour and additional chocolate chips till just blended together and no white powder remains.
- Pour mixture into an 8×8″ baking dish lined with parchment.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until just set in the center. Allow to cool before slicing. Free free to garnish with powdered sugar or crushed peppermint candies.
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