Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallow Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free)

Gluten free shortbread cookies topped with peppermint marshmallows and covered in chocolate will be the show stopping cookie at this year’s holiday party. Gluten free and dairy free Christmas cookies!

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Gluten free shortbread cookies with peppermint marshmallow and chocolate. The best gluten free near me.

What you need to bake these gluten free shortbread peppermint marshmallow cookies

It’s no secret that I love cookies (especially ones dipped in chocolate) so this month has been full of late night cookie sessions and this one is by far my favorite.

The first layer is a melt in your mouth shortbread cookie made using an all purpose baking flour, vegan butter, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste.

Atop these cookies are perfectly piped peppermint marshmallows whipped up using gelatin, agave, peppermint paste and salt. And then finally these cookies are coated in decadent chocolate finished with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday cookie!

A chocolate covered dairy free dessert. A perfect healthy Christmas dessert.

Baking with Peppermint Paste

I used Taylor & Colledge Peppermint Paste for the marshmallows in these gluten free shortbread cookies and it really elevates the flavor without an overwhelming peppermint taste that traditional peppermint oil or extracts brings.

The peppermint paste is free of artificial preservatives. To use this paste, simply use a 1/2 teaspoon for every 1 teaspoon of traditional extract and adjust to taste. It’s absolutely delicious so I like to use a little more than recipes call for.

Gluten free shortbread cookies with peppermint marshmallow and chocolate. The best gluten free near me.
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Gluten free shortbread cookies with peppermint marshmallow and chocolate. The best gluten free near me.

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Happy Baking!

Gluten free shortbread cookies with peppermint marshmallow and chocolate. The best gluten free near me.
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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallow Shortbread Cookies

Incredibly soft and delicate Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallow Shortbread Cookies topped with a peppermint chocolate, these cookies melt-in-your-mouth with every bite all while being gluten free and dairy free.
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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate peppermint, gluten free cookies, highhat cookies, Marshmallow, shortbread cookies
Servings: 20
Author: Ciarra Siller



  • 1/2 cup vegan butter soft
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose baking flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 1 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste

Chocolate Coating:

  • 4 oz dairy free dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint paste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy using a handheld mixer. Add in the vanilla paste and continue mixing until incorporated. Add in the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. Finally add in the flour and salt and continue to mix until a dough forms.
  • Roll the dough on a clean surface until it's roughly 1/4 inch in thickness. Use a round linzer cookie cutter to make 30 evenly sized cookies. Transfer the cookies to the baking sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes.
  • Prepare a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip. In a bowl or a stand alone mixer, stir together the gelatin and water and then let it sit for 5 minutes. Place the agave and paste into a small pot over high heat and bring to it a boil, then remove from heat and add it to the gelatin mix.
  • Use a whisk attachment to beat the mixture on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Increase speed to high and mix until the mixture is white and glossy and continue whipping the marshmallow until it begins to cool, 5-10 minutes and stiff peaks form and the marshmallow holds its shape.
  • Transfer the marshmallow the piping bag and pipe the marshmallow onto each cookie. Let them sit at room temperature for at least an hour.
  • Melt the chocolate, coconut oil and peppermint paste together in a microwave safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between each until smooth. Dip each marshmallow-topped cookie in the chocolate and then top with graham cracker crumbs. Chill for 10 minutes until chocolate is solid.


These cookies are best if stored lightly covered at room temperature for 2 days or place in an air tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

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4 years ago

5 stars
Hi Ciarra!

I cannot wait to make these for Christmas! They came out beautifully.
Is there anything you suggest that I can sub in for the “Taylor and Colledge Peppermint Paste” ? I’m having a hard time finding it where I live.

Thank you so much!! 🙂

4 years ago

5 stars
They look amazing but how many grams are two packets of gelatine? And is it dust or sheet? Thank you in advance 🙂

3 years ago

Wow this recipe looks amazing but what you mean by agave, syrup or what?

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