Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 12 reviews

Fun holiday peppermint chocolate thumbprint cookies topped with a white chocolate peppermint kiss.  These Christmas cookies are family friendly, easy to make and so delectable.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (preferably Land O Lakes)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 3/4 teaspoon peppermint)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2830 frozen peppermint kisses


  1. Cream butter and both sugars with mixer until light and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and add egg yolks one at a time and mix just until incorporated. Mix in vanilla extract.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add the dry mixture to butter mixture in 3 parts. Blend on low after each addition just until combined; scraping down the side of mixer bowl as needed. Remove bowl from mixer, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  4. Butter hands and roll dough into a little less than 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheet with 1-2 inches between cookies.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool for 3 minutes only. Press 1 peppermint kiss into the top of each cookie. Carefully move to cookie cooling racks without touching the peppermint kiss as it may be soft.


  • Always preheat the oven and load your cookies on the middle rack in the center of the oven.
  • Cover your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • For best results freeze the kisses two hours before starting the recipe. This will help keep the kisses from melting when you place them on the top of the cookies.
  • I really like Land O Lakes butter.  I have started using it for all of my cookies.
  • The dough works best when chilled for 3 hours up to overnight.
  • When we took this recipe back to the test kitchen (also known as Beth’s kitchen) we found that the vanilla extract tasted better.  However feel free to use peppermint extract instead but cut it down to 3/4 teaspoon so it is not overpowering.
  • Gently press the kiss into the top of the cookie creating a small indentation.
  • These cookies can be frozen for four to six weeks. I don’t like to go much further than that because of the white chocolate kiss.  Simply double wrap in freezer bags and place in a sturdy container. The dough can be double wrapped and frozen for two months.
  • If you have time do a test run with one or two cookies.  It really helps to establish optimum baking time.

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