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, 0 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 User ID: 7066576 239983
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"these were a big hit"

klallen User ID: 8652578 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 User ID: 8624996 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 User ID: 628113 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 User ID: 1269769 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 User ID: 4369194 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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