Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

I don’t know if I should apologize for the amount of sweets and goodies on my blog lately, or if I should be saying you’re welcome! 😉 Things on here lately haven’t been very healthy but that’s okay since it is the holiday season. And in my head, that means lots of yummy treats!

I remember baking with my mom during Christmastime. I have fond memories of making sugar cookies with her and decorating them. We always handed out plates of cookies to friends and neighbors. Now as a mom, I love doing the same thing with my kids.

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
I recently met with my good friend, Katie at the park to let our kids run around. She’s a great cook so I asked her if she had any good cookie recipes that she loved. She gave me three that I had to try and this was one of them!
Her original recipe used Hershey’s Hugs instead of Candy Cane Kisses, so feel free to use either. It’s yummy both ways! My boys LOVED these cookies. They’re rich, moist and absolutely delicious. I love the pop of peppermint from the candy kiss.
They’re so pretty and unique so they look fabulous on a cookie plate with a variety of cookies. These are a fun holiday cookie you have to try!
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
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Red velvet cookies with a candy cane hug in the center.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid red food coloring
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses
  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, combine oil, brown sugar and white sugar and mix until smooth. Add eggs and mix until creamy. Mix in red food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Add flour mixture until completely combined.
  4. Using small cookie scoop, scoop dough into about 1" balls. Roll in your hands and place on cookie sheet; 12 cookies per sheet.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are set. Remove from oven and press   Hershey's Kiss candy into the middle of each cookie. Let rest for one minute and then gently tap the cookie sheet on counter to make the Kiss drop into a thumbprint. Alternately, if you'd like the Kiss intact, don't tap the cookie sheet. They both look cute! Move to cooling rack and enjoy!
Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
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    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says

    I have had ONLY sweet stuff on my blog since Thanksgiving! Definitely don’t apologize….these babies look awesome!!!


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