Candy Cane Thumbprints

A slight indention is made with a spoon just prior to piping the peppermint filling onto the center of these colorful cookies. Crushed candy canes add a finishing touch to this cookie recipe.

Candy Cane Thumbprints
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
36 cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Peppermint Filling

  • Peppermint candy canes, finely crushed

Peppermint Filling

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoon milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover; chill dough about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven; make a small indent in the center of each cookie using the bowl of a small measuring spoon or melon baller. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

  3. Just before serving, use a decorating bag fitted with a star or round tip to pipe Peppermint Filling into the center of each cookie. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Filling

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in peppermint extract. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk to make a filling of piping consistency.

Chocolate-Kissed Candy-Cane Thumbprints:

Prepare as directed. Place a milk chocolate kiss on top of filling in the center of each cookie, pressing in slightly.Nutrition analysis per serving: 129 calories, 1 g protein, 17 g carbohydrate, 6 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 12 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 65 mg sodium, 1% Calcium, 2% iron

To Store:

Layer unfilled cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies, if frozen. Pipe or spoon filling into cookies; top with candy canes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

103 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 103
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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