Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Today I am excited to take part in the final day of a 30 Days of Christmas Series hosted by Carrie at Crafty Night Owls.  There are lots of fun ideas, so click on the image below to go check them out!

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A while back I did a post similar to this for Mint Truffle Thumbprint Cookies.  I am a green mint fan, but I know there are lots of peppermint fans out there, so I altered it to make these Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies!  They might look a little thin, because I had to use parchment paper instead of my silicone baking mat, but I might have pressed them down a little too much as well.  Whoops!  In any case, these cookies are delicious!  They start with a cake mix & little helpers can unwrap the candy kisses for you!  They are the perfect family treat to make for your neighbors!  Enjoy!

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 16 Large Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 (8oz) tub Cool Whip
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 (2.25oz) bottle red sugar crystals
  • Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, for drizzle

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, combine cake mix, cool whip, egg & peppermint extract. Scrape bowl & re-mix until no cool whip streaks appear. (Do NOT use a hand mixer, the dough is thick.)
  2. Scoop balls of cookie dough & dredge (coat) the outside of the cookie dough in a bowl filled with the red sugar crystals. Flatten cookie dough until about 3/4? thick on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place an unwrapped candy cane kiss in the center. Repeat with each cookie.
  3. Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies have spread, cracked & look done. (I find they are thicker if they cook the full 12 minutes.) HALFWAY THROUGH BAKING, open the door to the ove & quickly smooth the tip of the kiss the best you can with the back of a spoon. Close the door & continue baking.
  4. Heat the white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted. Place melted chocolate in a plastic bag with the corner cut off. Zig-zag the tops of the cookies. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan & packaging for friends/neighbors. You can place cookies in the fridge to speed the process along. Enjoy!

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