Thumbprint Cookies are so cute and fun to make! When you add delicious fudge and peppermint to them, they are the hit of all of your holiday parties!
These peppermint thumbprint cookies are a holiday spin on a classic treat. They make your friends and guests, oooh and ahhh, and best of all it leaves your taste buds delightfully happy. Even better- they require few ingredients and they are easy to make.
What Are Peppermint Fudge Thumbprint Cookies?
These thumbprint cookies are a peppermint sugar cookie that’s rolled into balls and pressed in the center (usually with a finger or back of spoon) and baked. After baking they are filled with a nice chocolate fudge filling and topped with even more crushed peppermint candies.
Peppermint Fudge Thumbprint Cookies Ingredients
For the Cookie Dough you will need:
-White Sugar: With 1/2 cup of white sugar we can add much-needed sweetness and a little more to roll the dough balls in.
-Egg Yolks: We need 2 egg yolks to act as the binder for this cookie dough. Use the egg whites for another recipe or cook them up into a healthy snack while you wait for these cookies to bake.
-Flour: We need 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour to be the gluten-filled base for these cookies.
-Crushed Candy Canes: Using 1/4 cup of crushed peppermints (plus extra for topping) we can add some red color and bursts of flavor in every bite.
-Mint Extract: We need 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract to make a delicious minty cookie.
For the Fudge Filling you will need:
-Heavy Whipping Cream: 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream will help to smooth the chocolate into a nice and creamy texture.
-Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips: We need 6 ounces (about half a bag) of semi sweet chocolate chips.
-Butter: We need 1 tablespoon of butter to help add a rich depth of flavor and to make the fudge shiny!
How to Make Peppermint Fudge Filled Thumbprint Cookies
Start by making the cookie dough by placing the butter and sugar in a bowl and creaming it together.
Beat in the yolks and add in the flour.
Add the crushed peppermint candies and the mint extract.
Roll the dough out into 1 inch sized balls. Roll each ball in white sugar.
Line the balls on a cookie sheet.
Use the back of a teaspoon measuring spoon to create a small well in the center of each dough ball.
Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
Make the fudge filling by combining the heavy cream, butter, and chocolate chips in a small saucepan.
Stir over low heat until melted and then let it cool.
Once the fudge has cooled and thickened, use your teaspoon measure to scoop the fudge and fill the holes in each cookie.
Top with additional peppermint candies.
Peppermint Fudge Thumbprint Cookies
- ¾ cups butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- ¼ cup crushed candy cane pieces + extra for topping
- ½ tsp mint extract
Chocolate Fudge Filling:
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter
- Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk. Add flour. Add crushed candy cane and mint extract.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar.
- Line up balls on cookie sheet. Use teaspoon measuring spoon to create a crater in the center of each ball.
- Bake for 8-10 min at 375.
- Combine cream, butter, and chips in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until melted. Let cool.
- Once the fudge has cooled and thickened use your teaspoon to scoop out little balls to fill the center of the peppermint cookies.
- Use extra crushed candy cane to top the chocolate centers.
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How long are thumbprint cookies good for?
When stored in an airtight container at room temperature these cookies can last up to a week and still taste great!
Can I freeze fudge filled thumbprint cookies?
Yes, these cookies can be frozen. I recommend not topping with additional candy pieces before freezing as they will “melt” and become sticky as they thaw. Another great tip is to layer them in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer to prevent sticking. They can last in the freezer for up to 2 months this way.
Can I make fudge filled thumbprint cookies in advance?
Yes, you can make the cookies in advance! This can be done any of several ways. You can prepare the cookie dough and cover it, allowing it to chill in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance. You can also bake and cool the cookies up to 2 days prior to filling as well. The fudge filling can also be made and set aside in a covered container in the fridge but it may become harder to scoop and fill the cookie centers with.
If you love these Peppermint Fudge Thumbprint Cookies, try a few of our other delicious holiday treats:
- Easy Peppermint Chex Mix
- Christmas Candy Puffcorn
- Frosted Peppermint Cookies
- Chocolate Caramels
- Homemade Chocolate Orange Sticks
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Chippy Dippy Squares
- Peppermint Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
- Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- Holiday Cookie Salad
- Christmas Cranberry Cake
- Santa Approved Christmas Treats
- Holiday Peppermint Ice Cream Cake Roll
- White Chocolate Cranberry Rice Krispie Treats
- Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups