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Easy Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

Thumbprint Cookies

Making cookies any time of year is a lot of fun, and Christmas is no exception.

In my mind, cookies made at Christmas time should be different than cookies made the rest of the year – something you wouldn’t make just any time.

I have fond memories of working on elaborate and time consuming creations.

Stained glass cookies with crushed lifesavers melted into cut out spaces to form translucent windows.

Sugar cookies hand painted with tinted egg yolk.

Chocolate pretzel cookies, individually twisted, dipped in chocolate frosting and sprinkled with candy cane.

Linzer cookies with raspberry jam and chocolate peeking out of pretty shapes.

I’m not sure what age those memories are from, but I don’t think I was 4, 5 or 7! Maybe I was 10.

While I like to dream about beautiful, intricately designed and decorated Christmas cookies, what I really want when five little bodies invade the kitchen to help is easy Christmas cookies!

But they still have to be special and taste good.

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies are just right.

Rich, flavorful, filled and sprinkled, yet easy enough for the kids to help at every step.

Easy Christmas Cookie recipe

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (see note)
  • 5 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • crushed candy cane (see note)


    For the Cookie Dough:
  • Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until well mixed.
  • Add flour and baking soda and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover bowl tightly and chill dough for at least one hour.
  • When dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Gently press thumb into the center of each ball to form an indentation.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will still look very light in color.
  • Remove cookies from oven and transfer to cooling rack.
  • For the Filling:
  • While cookies are baking, melt chopped chocolate and butter. I like to do this in a glass bowl set on top of a small pan with about 1/2 inch of barely simmering water in the bottom.
  • When chocolate is almost completely melted remove from heat and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  • Completing the Cookies:
  • Fill indentation in each cookie with chocolate filling.
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy cane.


1. Flour - you can use all unbleached white flour or part white and part whole grain wheat or spelt.

2. Chocolate - a heaping 1/3 cup of chips is perfect.

3. Crushed candy cane - 1 large or 3-4 mini canes will give you more than enough sprinkles.


You can probably tell from the pictures that I used part whole grain spelt flour in this batch.

Lets talk about pictures for a minute!

I thoroughly enjoy the amazing photographic journeys that some blogs display of a recipe’s process, start to finish.

It briefly occurred to me as we all started rolling the dough into balls that I should take some photos of our kitchen adventure.

And then . . . 

Ten warm, wiggly hands descended on the bowl.

Fifty fingers (was each one washed with soap?) reached for cookie dough all at once.

All thoughts of the camera disappeared as I attempted to encourage uniform size balls of dough, space the cookies evenly on the baking pans, prevent five tongues from licking fingers too often, and help avoid collisions as all six of us spun back and forth between the bowl on the counter and the pans on the stove.

(If you’re concerned about hygiene, just remember – we baked them in a good hot oven!)

So there aren’t any pictures . . .

But we had fun, and we had cookies!

Now you have a recipe for easy Christmas cookies too, so let the kids mix, roll, fill and sprinkle!

Go make cookies with your kids and have fun!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie to make?

This post shared at: Modest Monday, Art of Homemaking MondaysSurviving Toddlerhood, Titus 2 Tuesday, AdenaF, So Much at Home, Raising Homemakers, Coffee and Conversation, Foodie Friday, and Fellowship Friday.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    These cookies are perfect for Christmas in July! A user shared this blog post at Affimity so others could try out this recipe – http://affimity.com/#/sharedPost/1/10218. I know I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for this great post!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I am so in love with this recipe! I love peppermint everything, and so of course I am excited for this! My son isn’t convinced, but I have turned my husband over to the magic of peppermint at holiday meals. I am genuinely excited that I found this at http://affimity.com/#/sharedPost/1/10218, and I DEFINITELY won’t be hiding this recipe away until December. It is time for a bit of Christmas spirit in July! Thanks a bunch!

    • Glad you found the recipe, Stephanie. You might also like the soft and cakey chocolate cookie recipe that I add peppermint to. The recipe says gluten free but you can use any flour you want. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Thanks for sharing, I miss the times when I don’t have willing helpers to make food for us to enjoy, these moments are precious and if you miss a few with the camera it doesn’t matter as long as you all had fun!

  4. They look so yummy 🙂 I love that your kids are there in the mix too! That life with them is first and for most and that the pictures are not as important as what is going on with them, in the now. I know we haven’t met, but I feel like you are really a Mom to emulate. I am enjoying getting to know you through this blogging world 🙂

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Erica. If I still lived in CA we could meet for tea (or more likely at the playground). . . but we moved 3 years ago. I look forward to getting to know you and your heart more as well.

  5. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Yum! These look good! We are going to make some M&M cookies this year! (If we can stop eating all the M&Ms that is! We’re on bag #3 now!)

    • M&M cookies are always fun ’cause they’re so colorful. Hope you can save a few for the cookies! We need some of ours for decorating gingerbread men tonight.

  6. Fun is the most important ingredient in Christmas Cookies. Thank you for sharing.

  7. These cookies look great! Thanks for sharing with us at the Online Christmas Cookie Exchange!

  8. These look sooooo yummy! Perfect Christmas flavors!

  9. These look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. It sounds like you and your children had lots of fun making these. 🙂 Cookies are pretty self explanatory so I wouldn’t worry about not getting shots of all the steps. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us in the Online Cookie Exchange party. 🙂

  11. I can only take pictures when I *don’t* have extra helpers :-). When I do, I just enjoy the experience, lol! These cookies look so good. They would be perfect for a cookie exchange!

  12. I can’t even imagine taking pictures during the process unless you have an extra person whose sole responsibility is to take pictures. Ant that person would miss out on the fun of making the cookies!


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