Although I love all of my holiday cookies, my Gluten-free Peppermint Surprise Cookies seem to be the star of the show each year.
They do have an unfair advantage though—SPOILER ALERT!—in addition to their rich chocolate exterior, each one also has a See’s peppermint candy at its center. And who can resist that? Right?
If you don’t have a See’s store near you and can’t wait for an order of these amazing chocolate covered peppermints to arrive, you can substitute your favorite chocolate covered mini peppermint patties, which will result in smaller cookies but twice as many of them. And so far, no one has ever complained that I baked too many Gluten-free Peppermint Surprise Cookies.
I’ve also been offered a ridiculous amount of money to bake someone another dozen of them, but that’s another story…
Decorating Gluten-Free Peppermint Surprise Cookies
Each cookie is topped with a teaspoon of melted white chocolate and some crushed peppermint candy. You can either purchase a peppermint candy topping, like this peppermint crunch from King Arthur Flour or put a dozen candy canes into a gallon freezer bag and crush them with your rolling pin.
It’s inevitable that a few of these cookies will burst their seams—you can easily cover up small cracks with the melted chocolate. Plus, you need to have a few for quality control sampling, didn’t you? I thought so.
Storing or Packaging the Cookies
Store in an airtight cookie tin for up to a week. Make sure the white chocolate topping is dry before putting them into the container. I usually put wax paper between the layers of cookies to keep the decorations from sticking to the bottom of the next layer of cookies.