Candy Cane Thumbprints

Photo: Gooseberry Patch

Celebrate the season with these festive Candy Cane Thumbprint cookies.

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen


  • 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


  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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