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Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

Red velvet cookies and cakes are so pretty, but I always wish they had a bigger flavor. I infused these thumbprints with a peppermint pop. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 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 Facts
1 cookie: 118 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Victoria Regina
    Dec 20, 2020

    So good! Coco adds a deepness to this cookie which makes it distinguishable from all the other cookies at Christmas time. Followed recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. A great find! Will be on my cookie trays for a long time. Thanks so much! :)

  • Ruth
    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.

  • pugboyz_NE
    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.

  • fnstlug
    Dec 6, 2018

    Made with peppermint Kisses. It was super easy and deliciously pepperminty.

  • klandrews84
    Dec 22, 2015

    these were a big hit

  • klallen
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.