Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints Recipe
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Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints Recipe

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I love red velvet cookies and cakes but always wished they had more taste. So, for this thumbprint cookie, I added my favorite holiday flavor, peppermint.—Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 118 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, food coloring and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle.
  3. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a microwave, melt baking chips with oil; stir until smooth. Spoon a scant teaspoon filling into each cookie. Drizzle tops with remaining mixture. Sprinkle with peppermint candies. Let stand until set. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

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klandrews84 239983
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"these were a big hit"

klallen 239259
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"We love this cookie....although we substituted chopped Andes Mints...for the candy cane! Wow...4 dozen was not enough...must double this recipe!"

reciperepresentative 237625
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Adding this recipe to my countdown-to-Christmas cookie tradition (starting december 1st)...however, I will use Hershey's Peppermint Kisses instead of the melted choc and candy. Love the red velvet idea--very pretty. :)"

JCV4 217768
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I made these as a new Christmas cookie this year and everyone loved them. They are now going to be a permanent fixture. Thanks for the great recipe!"

sparkplug9902 215566
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"These cookies turned out great and look pretty, too. I think they would be fine without the crushed mints. Most of it fell off anyway."

mrssweets 214424
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"Indentations did not stay while baking even though I used a wooden handle and made them deep. Had to press centers in while they were warm and that worked okay. I'm not a big fan of mint so I don't consider these a favorite. Made them to take to a Christmas party because they look pretty."

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