Twelve Days of Holiday Treats: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

 Tray of Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle CookiesWelcome to Day 9 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (perfect for this year of smaller gatherings – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment  so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim.

Today’s treat is a simple cookie that tastes fancier than its ingredients would suggest. It ONLY has 5-ingredients (and it’s naturally gluten-free!), comes together in no time and makes the house smell amazing.

What more could you want from a holiday treat? Taste, you say? Oh well, yes, these are rich and chocolatey, chewy with a little crisp around the edges and a hint of mint. The holidays in one bite! And they are more-ish. Perfect holiday snacking material.

Yield: 12

Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Tray of Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

A littel bit crispy, a ittle bit chewy, rich and chocolately and minty. Perfect holiday cookies!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 50g (2/3 cup) almond meal/ground almonds
  • 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • icing sugar for sprinkling before and after baking
  • (optional) crushed candy cane


    1. Heat oven to 300˚F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    2. Whisk the almond meal, sugar and cocoa powder together in a small bowl.
    3. Use an electric hand mixer to whisk the egg white to soft peaks in a small metal bowl.
    4. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg white using a rubber spatula then add the mint extract and mix to combine. The mixture will have a thick, paste-like consistency.
    5. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a plain piping tip (roughly 3/4-inch in diameter) and pipe out rounds of the mixture around 1½ inches/4cm in diameter.
    6. Dip your finger in water and smooth the tops of the cookies over (they might have a small peak on top).
    7. If using the crushed candy cane, add a pinch to each cookie and gently press it into the batter.
    8. Dust the cookies with icing sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cookies crack on top. they will be crispy around the edges but still a little soft in the centre.
    9. Sprinkle with a little more icing sugar, place on a wire rack, and allow to cool completely.
    10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

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Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookie dusted in Icing SugarThese are naturally gluten-free so they are the perfect treat to make and bake and deliver (at distance) to a friend these holidays. If you do plan on gifting them, package them up quick smart because once you start snacking on them, well I can’t guarantee how long they will last!

Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings and in the meantime…

Check out the rest of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate


Check out last year’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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