Candy Cane Thumbprint Cookies

 

12 days of Christmas Treats

DAY 1  PEPPERMINT CREAM BITES

DAY 2  GINGERDOODLE COOKIES

DAY 3  MINT OREO BARK

DAY 4  BISCOFF ROLO POPCORN

DAY 5  EGGNOG BUNDT CAKE

DAY 6  GINGERBREAD TREES W/LEMON GLAZE

DAY 7  PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BARK

DAY 8  HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE

DAY 9  ‘GINGERBREAD’ HOUSES

Candy Cane Thumbprints

Another day of minty goodness.  I hope you’re ready.

This is the perfectly pop-able, cookie tray friendly, not-too-sweet, full-of-minty goodness cookie.  This is the first thumbprint cookie that I have ever made (I know, I know – it’s about time!) and, wowsers, was it a great choice.  I totally adore Junior Mints and their Christmas version – peppermint crunch- is even more amazing than the original.

A small cookie flecked with crushed candy canes, lightly coated in sugar, baked to perfection and topped with a creamy Junior Mint…you so need these.

Candy Cane Thumbprint Cookies

Candy Cane Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup SUGAR, divided
  • 1 EGG, separated
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 2 cups FLOUR, lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled
  • 1/2 cup CRUSHED PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES
  • 2 boxes of JUNIOR MINTS (Peppermint Crunch if you can find them!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat together butter and 1/4 cup of sugar until fluffy. Add in egg yolk and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add flour and beat until fully incorporated. Fold in candy canes and mix until just combined.
  3. In small bowl, beat egg white with a fork until frothy. Put remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a separate bowl (you may need to add a little extra later). Divide dough and roll into small balls (about 3/4 inch in diameter). Dip gently in egg white and then coat in sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly make a thumbprint in the top of each cookie.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just set on the outside and center is puffy. Remove from oven, put a Junior Mint in each indent and return to oven for 1 minute.
  5. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and remove to rack to cool completely.
http://www.crumbsandchaos.net/2012/12/candy-cane-thumbprint-cookies/

Recipe Source: Savoring the Seasons Cookbook from Our Best Bites

This post is linked to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, Trick or Treat Tuesday, Tuesday Talent Show, Totally Tasty Tuesday

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