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5 from 3 votes

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

These Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints are amazing! Soft, chewy, a little cakey and topped with a peppermint candy kiss for a festive and delicious touch.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • About 24 peppermint Kisses candies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist the sheets lightly with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the egg, food coloring and vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the cocoa, baking powder and flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Roll rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough in a ball and place about 1" apart on the baking sheets. Bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the pans for about 5-7 minutes, then gently press a peppermint kiss candy into the center of each cookie. Either serve immediately, or allow to set (about 2 hours) before packaging and serving.