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Grain Free Santa Hat Brownie Cookie Cups

Adorable Santa Hat Brownie Cookie Cups that are perfect for the holiday season. Easy to make, gluten free and so fudgy! This recipe is in partnership with ALDI.
Course Brownies, Christmas, Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free
Keyword santa hat brownies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 22 santa hat brownie bites
Calories 157 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 cup Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted and cooled Simply Nature Organic Coconut Oil
  • cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or can use brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut flour (regular flour or GF flour will also work)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, dairy free if desired
  • For the frosting:
  • ¼ cup softened butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 teaspoons Friendly Farms Organic Almond Milk or Friendly Farms Original Coconut Milk (any milk will work)
  • For the topping
  • 22 strawberries, stems cut off


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin pan with 22 mini muffin liners. Spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and eggs until smooth and well combined. Gently fold in cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda and salt until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips into the batter. This batter should be rather thick.
  3. Fill each muffin liner ¾ of the way full with batter. Tap the bottom of the pan on a hard surface just a few times to even out the batter. Bake for 13-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Don't overbake!
  4. After brownies have cooled, make the frosting: add the softened butter, powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons milk and vanilla to a large bowl of an electric mixer. Beat for 1-2 minutes until fluffy, adding a teaspoon or two of milk if necessary. 
  5. Place frosting in a ziplock bag and snip off the corner end. Swirl the frosting on top of the brownie and place strawberry on top. Place a little dot of frosting on top of the santa hat to complete. 
  6. Makes approximately 22 santa hat brownie bites. Store in the fridge after topping with a strawberry, or leave off the strawberries until ready to serve (I recommend the latter). You can also skip the strawberries and use fun holiday sprinkles instead. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Grain Free Santa Hat Brownie Cookie Cups
Amount Per Serving (1 santa hat brownie)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.2g16%
Saturated Fat 2.9g18%
Carbohydrates 16.3g5%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 13.1g15%
Protein 2.6g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.