Candy Cane Thumbprints

Candy Cane ThumbprintsRecipe
Photo: Gooseberry Patch
Celebrate the season with these festive Candy Cane Thumbprint cookies.


Makes about 3 dozen

Recipe from

Gooseberry Patch


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
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons milk


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.

Cover; chill for one hour.

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

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

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

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