My Favorite Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ready for my all time favorite healthy Christmas Cookies? These delicious hot cocoa cookies are made with almond butter, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar making them paleo and gluten free!

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Today was a great day in the Fit Foodie Kitchen. Why? Because we got to make these healthy hot cocoa cookies! These hot chocolate cookies are my all-time favorite healthy Christmas cookie because…they don’t actually taste healthy! It’s the best when you make a cookie and they’re secretly healthy. Amiright?

I’m a real stickler for nut-butter based cookies and these for sure fit the bill! Made with an almond butter base, coconut sugar (these are refined-sugar free!) an egg, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a little vanilla…these hot cocoa cookies really are the best ever! Why do I love them? Wel…

  • They’re dense and delicious.
  • These hot cocoa cookies are perfectly sweetened and with ONLY coconut sugar!
  • They are grain-free meaning they don’t use ANY flour at all!

Step 1: Mix Ingredients

Start with 1 cup of almond butter on the bottom of a medium-sized bowl. Then, add the rest of your ingredients and mix. Sometimes you just need to get messy and use your hands, but a spoon works too! Your dough should feel like classic cookie dough, moist and malleable.

Step 2: Scoop, Roll, and Pat

Once you’ve got your hot cocoa cookie batter ready to go, use a cookie scoop to spoon about 2 tablespoons of dough into your hands. Roll your cookie into a ball and then pat it down to form your cookie. Do note that your cookies will not expand THAT much.

Step 3: Bake

Once you’ve got your little cookies on your baking sheet, it’s time to bake! Set your oven to 350ºF and bake your cookies for around 12 minutes. Make sure to NOT overbake. No one likes a tough cookie :P

Step 4: Time to Decorate

The option is yours to eat your hot chocolate cookies just the way they are OR you can make a yummy frosting to go on top with a sprinkle of peppermint candies. I mean, think hot cocoa, but in cookie form! We opted for a homemade buttercream frosting which calls for butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean.

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Recipe

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ready for my all time favorite healthy Christmas Cookies? These delicious hot cocoa cookies are made with almond butter, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar making them paleo and gluten free!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 10 cookies
Category: Dessert
Method: Oven
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Optional: Paleo Vanilla Frosting

Optional: Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1 cup softened butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, the paste

Instructions

For the Cookies

  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl, mix until combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough into your hands. Roll in the palm of your hands to create a ball, then flatten into a cookie shape. Place on baking sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake cookies at 350ºF for about 12-15 minutes. Then, let cool for at least 20 minutes.

For the Frosting (both of them)

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Then, using a hand mixer, whip for about 3-5 minutes until it is at desired consistency.
  2. Transfer frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto cookies using any tip you like! Sprinkle with crushed candy cane (not paleo)!

Notes

  • Nutrition does not include frosting.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 252
  • Sugar: 16
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 22
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 7

Let’s talk Christmas cookies…what’s your ALL TIME FAVORITE x-mas cookie? 

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