Mint Chocolate Covered Patties {Super Healthy Cookies REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

The other day I was wandering around Home Goods and found myself way more interested in the massive displays of peppermint bark, peppermint bark covered Oreos, and peppermint bark truffles than what it was I came for.

I walked out, almost pouting, telling myself, “too early.”

But not to early to go home and make the Chocolate Covered Mint Patties from my dear friend Hallie Klecker’s new book, Super Healthy Cookies.

When Hallie, creator of the gluten-free and dairy-free blog Daily Bites and author of The Pure Kitchen, announced that she was writing this book, my first thought, per usual, was, “Why are all the good book ideas taken?!”

And my second thought was, “I can’t wait to get my hands on it!”

I know what some of you are thinking. Super Healthy Cookies sounds like Super Tasteless Cookies. Or Super Why-Would-I-Bother-Cookies because When I Eat Cookies I Eat the Real Thing. So maybe these cookies aren’t your mama’s cookies because she didn’t bake with wholesome nut flours, unprocessed whole grain oats, natural sweeteners like coconut and maple syrup, or heart-healthy fats like coconut oil.

But if your mama’s cookies spanned the range of chewy, chocolatey, crisp, crumbly; if they were utterly addicting; and if she had the perfect cookie for every occasion, then perhaps these are very much like her cookies.

Except that you can eat them for breakfast and not feel the least bit guilty.

Don’t let the title fool you into thinking there’s anything you won’t love about these cookies. But do go ahead and fool your friends. Feed them Hallie’s Maple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (gluten-free and vegan) and they will never know that they’re not munching on mouthfuls of their childhood favorite, perfectly seasoned with cinnamon and bursting with hearty oat texture. And watch their face delight in disbelief that there’s no butter or sugar. Am I the only one that gets a kick out of such a thing? Then make a second batch all for yourself because you’ll be so sad that they disappeared so quickly. Trust my experience.

And before Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ve got to try her Pumpkin Bars with Pecan Oatmeal Crust. If you’ve ever been known to eat a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast, you’ll be thankful to have these in your fridge, and amazed at how healthful such a special treat can be.

But listen. You’ve already seen a ton of pumpkin all over this foodie blogosphere for the past month (or two?) and that’s not ending any time soon. So I’m breaking it up with a chocolate treat. Chocolate is always in season. And despite the fact that Starbucks only markets their Peppermint Mocha during the holiday season, the combination of mint and chocolate is in style any month of the year. (I have fond memories of splitting a box of Junior Mints with my best childhood girlfriend every time we went to the movies.)

While perhaps more of a “candy” than a “cookie”, these no-bake freezer treats do belong firmly planted on any holiday tray. Just don’t expect them to last long! Their luxuriously smooth mint-chocolate coating wrapped around chewy dark chocolate is enough to make you go “wow.” And then grab another.

Super Healthy Cookies contains 50 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes for cookies, bars, and no-bake treats. Many of them are egg-free and/or grain-free too. There are recipes for fruit-lovers and chocolate-lovers alike, those who love sophisticated flavor combinations and others who prefer the classics.

Want your own copy?

Of course you do! Hallie is generously providing a giveaway for one lucky reader. To enter, leave a separate comment for each of the following:

  • What is your all-time favorite cookie?
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Giveaway will close Wednesday, November 7th at 11:59EST. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. If winner does not respond within three days, an alternate winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

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Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

Yield: 15 patties

Luxuriously smooth mint-chocolate coating wrapped around chewy dark chocolate. Vegan, grain-free, and naturally sweetened.

Ingredients:

Patties
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup (packed) pitted dates
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, room temperature (not melted)

Chocolate Coating
3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon natural peppermint extract

Directions:

To make the patties:
Place the walnuts and dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with steel blade. Process until the nuts and dates are finely ground and form a soft paste, about 1 minute. Add cocoa powder and salt and process again to combine. Lastly, add the coconut oil and process again for a few long pulses until a rough dough forms.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) drop rounds of the chocolate walnut mixture onto the sheet. With moistened fingertips, flatten into patties. Freeze for 25-30 minutes.

Prepare the chocolate coating:
In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt the chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Turn off heat and stir in peppermint extract. Transfer to a small, shallow bowl.

Remove the patties from the freezer. Using a fork, dip the patties one by one into the chocolate and lift out, gently shaking off the extra chocolate. Slide the chocolate covered patties back onto the parchment-lined sheet. Freeze again until set, about 20 minutes.

Store patties in an airtight container in the freezer.

Slightly adapted from Super Healthy Cookies, reprinted with permission.

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70 Responses to “Mint Chocolate Covered Patties {Super Healthy Cookies REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}”

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    Whitney — November 3, 2012 @ 11:16 am Reply

    Those look amazing! It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’d have to go with oatmeal chocolate chip!

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    Marcie — November 3, 2012 @ 11:17 am Reply

    My fave cookie is oatmeal raisin

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    Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator — November 3, 2012 @ 11:29 am Reply

    Oh, wow… I hadn’t heard about this book and it sounds amazing. And dangerous. My favorite all-time has to be the holiday German anise cookies we all make every year. I turned them into gluten-free last year, although they don’t work without eggs. This isn’t an entry… just wanted to drool a little with you. :)

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    April — November 3, 2012 @ 2:06 pm Reply

    I love chocolate checkerboard cookies because they hold special memories and meanings for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    April — November 3, 2012 @ 2:07 pm Reply

    Shared!

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    April — November 3, 2012 @ 2:09 pm Reply

    tweeted!

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    April — November 3, 2012 @ 2:09 pm Reply

    Pinned!

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    Rachel — November 3, 2012 @ 3:21 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic! My favorite cookie is either chocolate chip PB or oatmeal with dried cherries, chocolate chunks, and pecans!

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    dana — November 3, 2012 @ 3:57 pm Reply

    i love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

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    Kate — November 3, 2012 @ 7:10 pm Reply

    I can’t believe how early everything Christmas-related has been happening this year.

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    Sarah L — November 3, 2012 @ 7:19 pm Reply

    I love chocolate chocolate chip cookies. Those mint patties sound fabulous!

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    Heather — November 3, 2012 @ 7:48 pm Reply

    I love these mint nanimo(?) bars my friend made for a cookie exchange last year. We’ve moved away so I’ll be making them myself this year with her recipe.

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    Heather — November 3, 2012 @ 7:49 pm Reply

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    Kel — November 3, 2012 @ 9:05 pm Reply

    Monster cookies. thanks for the recipe!!

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    Thaïs — November 3, 2012 @ 9:33 pm Reply

    I love toll house chocolate chip cookies with pecans.

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    Jennifer — November 3, 2012 @ 10:01 pm Reply

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    Jennifer — November 3, 2012 @ 10:02 pm Reply

    Chocolate crinkly cookies are my fav

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    molly — November 3, 2012 @ 10:49 pm Reply

    if I had to pick ONE favorite, I’d go with the classic – chocolate chip!

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    Jordan D — November 3, 2012 @ 11:46 pm Reply

    I love snowball cookies! I only make them the week before Christmas and they’re amazing…but so not healthy lol. All that butter and powdered sugar! Once a year, not so bad.

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    Cara — November 4, 2012 @ 7:21 am Reply

    YUM!!! My favorite cookie is a super soft M&M. YUM!

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    Beth — November 4, 2012 @ 8:53 am Reply

    I love Girl Scout thin mints

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    Joanne — November 4, 2012 @ 9:25 am Reply

    Mint chocolate cookies that I can eat for breakfast without even a shred of guilt? You rock my world, girl!

  23. 24

    Holly — November 4, 2012 @ 10:31 am Reply

    So many choices, I love empire biscuits from England…

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    Holly — November 4, 2012 @ 10:33 am Reply

    I liked you on Facebook…

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    Holly — November 4, 2012 @ 10:34 am Reply

    I shared your page too…

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    Elle — November 4, 2012 @ 10:56 am Reply

    My all time faves are peanut butter !

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    Elle — November 4, 2012 @ 10:58 am Reply

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    Elle — November 4, 2012 @ 11:03 am Reply

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    Ilene — November 4, 2012 @ 3:31 pm Reply

    Coconut chocolate chip are my favorite.

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    chrysta — November 4, 2012 @ 5:43 pm Reply

    yum! My favorite cookie is a classic oatmeal. So comforting!

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    Juli — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm Reply

    I keep thinking about all of the Christmas cookies I grew up with but I think my favorite might just be a good chewy ginger molasses cookie – discovered as an adult.

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    Juli — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm Reply

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    Sadie — November 4, 2012 @ 9:39 pm Reply

    Oatmeal raisin!

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    erin — November 4, 2012 @ 9:43 pm Reply

    any cookie that combines gooey chocolate and sticky peanut butter!

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    Lena M — November 5, 2012 @ 7:38 am Reply

    My favorite cookie is a salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bar!

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    Lena M — November 5, 2012 @ 7:39 am Reply

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    Nicole-Lynn — November 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am Reply

    My all time favorite cookie is chocolate chip! Especially when they’re warm out of the oven!! :)
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    Laurel — November 5, 2012 @ 11:20 am Reply

    Gluten Free, Dairy Free and EGG Free? Eggs are such a nemesis. Go Halle!

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    Lisa P. — November 5, 2012 @ 12:34 pm Reply

    My favorite cookie is still the classic chocolate chip!

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    Ashley B. — November 5, 2012 @ 3:46 pm Reply

    GF oatmeal chocolate chip are my favorite cookies!

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    SarahBF — November 5, 2012 @ 4:06 pm Reply

    Just wondering if you can suggest a walnut substitute. Terribly allergic to walnuts, I usually omit nuts altogether when baking, but in this case, I’d be willing to substitute, I’m thinking for flavor, I’d go with almonds, but not sure it would break down the same way… Would pecans be better?

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      Hallie — November 5, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

      SarahBF: Yes, pecans would be a good substitute. Enjoy!

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    Yvonne — November 5, 2012 @ 4:18 pm Reply

    My favorite cookie is a crunchy speculaas type of cookie – I love the warm spices in it!

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    Brandae — November 5, 2012 @ 4:26 pm Reply

    Would love love love to win! My all-time favorite cookie would be a buttery shortbread.

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    Kathie R — November 5, 2012 @ 9:14 pm Reply

    My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin

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    Kathie R — November 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm Reply

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    Kathie R — November 5, 2012 @ 9:20 pm Reply

    Tweeted

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    Kathie R — November 5, 2012 @ 9:21 pm Reply

    Shared on FB. Thanks for the chance!! :)

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    Erin N — November 6, 2012 @ 12:53 am Reply

    I am for sure stuck between oatmeal scotchies and chocolate chip as my favorite cookies ever!!

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    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — November 6, 2012 @ 9:06 am Reply

    My all-time favorite cookie is peanut butter with chocolate chunks!

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    Kelsey — November 6, 2012 @ 11:24 am Reply

    My all time favorite cookie.. wow that’s hard! I’d probably have to say traditional chocolate chip; warm, soft, and chewy with lots of hunks of chocolate.

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    Ilene — November 6, 2012 @ 12:46 pm Reply

    I think warm out of the oven chocolate chip.

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    Kim Q — November 6, 2012 @ 2:46 pm Reply

    I don’t think anything can beat a chocolate chip cookie. I am still on the hunt for the elusive “perfect” chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Billie Jean — November 6, 2012 @ 7:50 pm Reply

    I can ALWAYS go for an oatmeal cookie with coconut and dark chocolate chunks!

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    Paulina — November 6, 2012 @ 9:44 pm Reply

    My favorite cookie a chocolate chip cookie with pretzels and candy cane bits in it! :)

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    Micha @ blissfulbites — November 7, 2012 @ 1:13 pm Reply

    Sounds like the book for me! I am ALWAYS trying out new recipes for healthy cookies, attempting to get the “real thing” without all the refined flours, sugars, butter, etc. My all-time favorite cookie is the good old fashioned peanut butter with chocolate chips :)

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    Micha @ blissfulbites — November 7, 2012 @ 1:16 pm Reply

    ..was going to pin this recipe anyways cause I can’t wait to make it! http://pinterest.com/pin/83387030572052855/

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    Alisa — November 7, 2012 @ 3:16 pm Reply

    I LOVE this book! Just got a copy, and that recipe in particular caught my eye. Good to know it was yummy – I’ll move it to the front of the line :)

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    Shannon — November 8, 2012 @ 11:27 am Reply

    i may be behind in my blog reading and too late to enter the contest but daaaamn, these look good and this cookbook sounds like it might make my christmas list!

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    Jenna Z — November 9, 2012 @ 11:02 am Reply

    I LOVE oatmeal rainsin cookies. Add some white chocolate chips and I am in heaven!

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    Stefanie — November 14, 2012 @ 11:05 pm Reply

    I’m simple my all time favorite cookie is chocolate chip

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    Stefanie — November 14, 2012 @ 11:06 pm Reply

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