Shortbread Cookies + Peppermint Hot Chocolate

December 5, 2015

Shortbread Cookies + Peppermint Hot Chocolate by Faring Well // #vegan #recipe

Hey hey! Happy Saturday. Did you have a stellar week? Are you stoked for anything happening this weekend? Want to have a movie swap? Every year Scott and I work our way through our favorite Christmas movie list. Usually beginning with Elf on Thanksgiving night, and working our way to A Christmas Story on Christmas day. The “in-betweeners” usually consist of The Grinch, A Charlie Brown Christmas, all of the Home Alone‘s, Santa Clause (only #1, never #2), The Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, and if I can find it – the claymation version of Rudolph. Every once and a while a classic will sneak in, like Its A Wonderful life, or Miracle on 34th Street. But it feels like ages since we’ve added a new one to the list. So here comes the movie swap. What is your favorite seasonal flick to watch this time of year? Want to all comment below with our faves and come back in a week to read through what I hope will be a stacked list of holiday-y movie inspiration? I think it would just be the coolest. And then we can all add new favorites to our list and make these cookies and hot chocolate and hunker down for a good Christmas movie marathon.

Onto these cookies. And hot chocolate. Not “hot cocoa” – no cocoa powder here please, give me only the real stuff. High quality dark chocolate making my almond milk nice and rich – add some peppermint and hello. Dunk a shortbread cookie (one filled with Christmas spice) and you might as well be an elf at the north pole – its almost too christmassy to handle. (Almost. **wink face**) I bring these two recipes here to you today with bittersweet feelings – its my last of the three collaborations I’ve done with The Created Co. this fall season! I hope you enjoyed the first two (see Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Caramel Apple Cider) and that you get to cozy up next to this finale’s two recipes soon. I did a little happy dance last week when I finally perfected (to my taste) my vegan shortbread cookie, made using refined coconut oil and yep – no processed sugar, hooray! Its a great base to do whatever you’d like with – here I spice it up with some flavors of the season, but you can also add chopped chocolate, nuts, or dried fruit to the dough. And there is always the option of dunking it in some melted chocolate or slathering it with pumpkin butter to make it extra special. No matter how you enjoy your shortbread, I hope you get to try my version here and dunk it in some peppermint hot chocolate too. Happy holiday baking this weekend friends! And don’t forget to comment about your movie, nights of Christmas cookie eating are depending on it – xo.

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Makes about 16 cookies.

6 tablespoons refined coconut oil, as a liquid
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup maple sugar (coconut sugar or cane sugar work as well)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
a pinch of cloves
2 cups light spelt flour

Combine all of the ingredients except for the spelt flour in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Add the flour and mix well (it may take some elbow grease, but the dough will come together, just keep mixing). Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, pressing the dough together with your hands to form a log shape. Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap and give it a roll or two to smooth out the edges. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Unwrap the chilled shortbread dough and slice into rounds 1/2 inch thick. Place the shortbread slices on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, the edges should be lightly browned. Transfer to the counter to cool completely before serving. Best dipped in a mug of hot chocolate.


Shortbread Cookies + Peppermint Hot Chocolate by Faring Well // #vegan #recipe

  • Anja December 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Love the idea of Christmas movie marathon! Don’t think my husband will agree to this, but will sure convince his to watch at least few of them.
    One of my favourite holiday movies is Letters to Santa by Mitja Okorn. It’s a European movie, but very Hollywood-ish ;) I would really recommend it for all who love romantic drama movies.

    Since I don’t have many kitchen appliances in my new (temporary) kitchen, I think this cookies will be on the menu sometime this week (monkey covering its eyes emoji)

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Jodi December 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    YES! I just love shortbread and I am always looking for a higher vibe version – these sound just perfect, Jessie. I’m such a sucker for ‘Love Acutally’ – gives me all the warm + fuzzy feelings. I can picture it now, shortbread, peppermint hot chocolate + hugh grant :) Happy day to you both x

  • xina December 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    yummm need to make those cookies asap!! love actually is great, and the holiday is a yearly must!! xxxx

  • Erin December 5, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Your christmas movie list sounds similar to mine! No doubt, A Christmas story is my favorite. Another really great one is the polar express. It is so whimsical and brings out the kid in me :) These cookies look stellar! The spices are so warming and I love how they are sweetened with maple syrup and sugar. Happy saturday xx

  • Amy (Lemon and Coconut) December 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Mmmmm, hot chocolate’s one of my favourite things. Never made it with peppermint though, such a good idea to pep it up. We always look forward to Christmas films, it’s a big deal in our house, Dan makes a list and we love thinking of what we want to watch. This years top contenders are… Scrooged, the Snowman, Trains, Planes and Automobiles, and Santa Clause Conquers the Martians! :)

  • Megan December 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love the movie swap idea! My list is similar too although haven’t seen the Family Stone. I’ll have to check it out. Every year my husband and I watch a different version of a Christmas Carol, and reread the book. We loved last years version with George C Scott. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog December 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    These pictures are so christmasy I just love it! I am so with you on the christmas movies! I can’t get enough this time of year. Besides the great ones you already listed, I love to watch Just Friends and The Holiday this time of year. They are both not classic “christmas” movies but they are set during christmas time and are both HILARIOUS! I would definitely recommend them both!

  • Jennifer I December 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I love the old cartoons – Rudolph, Frosty, Twas the Night Before Christmas (with the clock and the mice), Mickey’s Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas. But then I also watch White Christmas and Prancer. They were my mom’s favorite Christmas movies and I watch them and think of her.

    Now off to make your shortbread!

  • Melo December 6, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Hey there from Belgium!
    I’ve never left any comment here, though I’ve been following your blog since post 2 and about three quarters of the recipes I found here have grown to become ultimate favorites at home (actually all those I tested have been adopted right on the spot, and God knows the man of the house loves his meat and fat-filled meals, so I really can’t thank you enough!! You’ve saved me from a life of ham pastas, ham rice and ham omelette! – barely kidding here -) .
    And when I saw the MAJOR gap in your christmas movie marathon list, I thought the occasion was as good as any to finally post something here… Onto the said gap: “The Muppet Christmas Carol”. Dare I say, the ultimate christmas movie. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)
    And again, many, many thanks both for the lovely recipes and for the fantastic mood-lifter of a blog you’ve implemented here. I love your tone, the warmth of it is really something I cherish, especially in these last few pretty gruesome weeks. Keep up the good work! xo

  • Rae December 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Both this hot cocoa and these shortbread cookies look and sound amazing and are the perfect treats to indulge in while working your way through your Christmas movie list! This year my friends and I are going to be spending Christmas together, as most of us live far from our families. We plan on watching tons of xmas movies and just cozying up in our pjs. Might just have to make these treats for the big occasion! Thanks for an awesome recipe, and these photos are just stunning!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Liora @ Allthingsloveli December 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    These cookies and hot chocolate look like the perfect combination, and I love the mugs! You have to add Love Actually to the list :) And my absolute favorite, The Holiday (with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Jude Law!) You have also reminded me to watch The Family Stone, such a good one.

  • Lauren December 6, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Okay, I totally second A Muppet Christmas Carol and Love Actually! BUT more importantly… SCROOGED! It’s my absolute favorite and even though I watch it every.single.year. I still laugh every time. Definitely a little snarlier than the muppets but if you’re a Bill Murray fan, it’s the best. I’m off to find that peppermint hot chocolate recipe — I’m sure it will turn out better than when I tried to melt vegan chocolate chips and pepper mint extract together last year…

  • Linda | The Baker Who Kerns December 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I always need the real stuff! Love both of these recipes. I am cutting out refined sugar so hooray for these shortbread cookies! I love hot chocolate and I am finally giving up milk also (no more stomachaches) and using almond milk (hopefully I will adjust well) so I’m really excited to give this a go! OH and I always have to watch White Christmas! It’s a must!

  • danielle is rooting the sun December 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    this is my the perfect outfit for my holiday taste-buds Jessie! the combination of short-bread and peppermint hot (dark, oh yes) chocolate makes me giddy inside and out! i love the talk of christmas movies, this is a huge and spirited thing for me every year! on top of all the amazing ones you mentioned i have to throw ‘the year without a santa claus’ (another puppet, but hands-down favorite) & ‘a garfield christmas’. also we used to watch ‘a claymation christmas’ – which was inherently creepy but really fun. happy week sweetest heart! ♥

  • krystal December 7, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Christmas time (really December) is my absolute.favorite.time of year. My husband and I watch the same movies each year between the day after Thanksgiving (the same day the tree goes up if I have any say) until Christmas Eve. We always watch The Nightmare Before Christmas first and A Christmas Story is reserved for Christmas Eve. Between then we watch the following: Gremlins (what? It happens during Christmas.), Elf (which my husband isn’t jazzed about but I think it is growing on him), It’s A Wonderful Life, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Jungle All the Way, The Santa Claus (also, only #1), etc. I’m sure I’m missing some but I’ve got the favorites on there.

    These shortbread look delicious. I’ve decided to really take in the season and not stress about doing heaps of baking and running around, but these cookies are on my short list. :)

  • Michelle December 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Our fav Holiday movies include The Holiday (I mean Jude Law!), Love Actually, Scrooged (Bill Murray, yes!), The Santa Clause (Hilarious Tim Allen) and the animated vintage version of Jack Frost. Happy Holidays to all !

  • Ingrid | Let's talk evergreen December 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    These cookies + hot choco sound so good! My favorite holiday movie is….. The HOLIDAY! Just gives me the perfect vibe, plus afterwards I reaaaally want to go to England, and live in Cameron Diaz/Kate Winslet’s cottage. <3

  • Lantana December 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, I am so with Melo from Belgium- Muppet’s Christmas Carol is a definite winner!! In a wonderfully Christmasy childish sort of way:) A classic that I don’t think has been mentioned is Holiday Inn. If you love the timelessness of White Christmas, you are going to love Holiday Inn too.

    I will have to try the shortbread cookies! (Here in France it can be a bit tricky to track down ingredients… but it always makes for an adventure!)

    Love from Paris-

  • Caitlin December 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    A couple of my favorites besides the ones you listed is the Flintstone’s Christmas Carol and the Muppets Christmas Carol ♡

  • KJ | Omnomherbivore December 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I watch Santa Clause 1 every Christmas Eve and we count all the elves in the town :) I also love Polar Express, the stop motion Rudolph or Frosty (which are crazily only like 30 minutes long), and maybe another random one in the mix as well. We work on a Christmas themed puzzle while we watch too its fun chill time!
    These cookies look superb! Might have to whip up those bad boys!! Enjoy your movie marathons Jessie!! :)

  • Emma December 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Love Actually- Classic British Christmas movie!

  • rachel @ atheltic avocado December 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

    these look so perfect! I can’t believe that they are vegan! I just want to dunk them in that peppermint hot chocolate <3

  • Emily | Gather & Dine December 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    What a fun little list going on here! So good for me since I am totally not hip when it comes to movies. Every year we do the usual Charlie Brown, Frosty, and Rudolph with the kids (reminds me of being a kid!), but also thinking about trying Home Alone or Polar Express with them this year too. And I’ve never even seen A Christmas Story so now I’m feeling like we need to watch that too! Although a bit on the serious side, we like the Nativity story as well.

    I’ve scrolled up and down this post so many times just swooning over these photos! They are just so festive and gorgeous! Your hot chocolate looks so creamy and rich and those cookies are genius with the coconut oil and maple sugar. And hot chocolate with almond milk is the best. :)

  • Sophie | The Green Life December 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I think I might whip up a batch of these cookies tomorrow! They sound perfect! YAY for Christmas movies!!! Love Actually and The Family Man are my top 2 Christmas movies of all time. :) And The Holiday comes close in third position. I love this movie swap idea. <3

  • Ginny December 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I can’t wait to try these recipes!!! A couple of my favorites to watch around the holidays are The Holiday and While You Were Sleeping.

  • Gena December 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I’ve been searching for a perfect vegan holiday shortbread recipe, and this one is mighty inspiring. Hope you’re savoring the holiday season, Jessie!

  • Faith VanderMolen December 20, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Totally making these to eat with my hubs on Christmas Eve while we watch Elf! Perfection!

  • Nina December 29, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Jessie, I loved this post and the beautiful images! I’m with you on taking time out on social media on Christmas and it sounds lovely to be real kids on Christmas, I didn’t watch the Grinch this year but it’s a favorite with the whole family. I’m also going to order this cook book toghether with a few others in a moment. Thank You so much for inspiring again! and Happy New year.