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Candy Cane Thumbprints

Photo: Gooseberry Patch
Yield Makes about 3 dozen
Celebrate the season with these festive Candy Cane Thumbprint cookies.


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Garnish: finely crushed peppermint candies
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons milk

How to Make It

  1. Blend butter, sugar and salt with an electric mixer on low speed. Mix in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as possible; stir in remaining flour.

  2. Cover; chill for one hour.

  3. Shape dough into one-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden around edges.

  5. Remove from oven; make a thumbprint in each cookie with thumb. Cool.

  6. For Filling: blend butter and extract. Gradually add powdered sugar and milk to a piping consistency. Pipe filling into centers; sprinkle with crushed candy.

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