Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 4 dozen
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake 9-11 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 118 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Dec 8, 2019
Easy and delicious. I read the reviews and and semi-flattened the balls and then used the end of a wooden spoon to make a depression. That worked out perfectly. I put Andies Candies into the hollow while the cookies were still warm and they melted slightly so that they could stay on the cookie. I used almond bark for the drizzle and melted it in a double boiler so there were no problems with it not melting or with getting burnt in the microwave. My husband, who doesn't like anything with mint, couldn't resist trying one and said that it wasn't too pepperminty at all. Really this is a very easy cookie and so yummy.
Dec 5, 2019
Don't mix the oil with the chips before you melt them in the microwave! Chips didn't melt and they scorched. The dough handled really well, and I got 60 cookies. I was able to fill the centers and press crushed candy canes into them. But they would have been so much prettier if I could have drizzled them like the picture shows.
Dec 6, 2018
Made with peppermint Kisses. It was super easy and deliciously pepperminty.
Dec 22, 2015
these were a big hit
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!
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. :)
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!
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.
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.