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
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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 equals 118 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g 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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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"these were a big hit"

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!"

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. :)"

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!"

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."

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