Merry Winter Solstice and Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints

 Merry Winter Solstice and four days until Christmas! I’ve been enjoying some holiday baking and came across these Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints while searching for a new Christmas cookie. Red Velvet = Christmas and these festive red velvet cookies are infused with a burst of peppermint flavor and white chocolate in their centers.

Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Adapted from Taste of Home

Yield: About 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

4 teaspoons red food coloring

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 oz. bag white chocolate morsels/baking chips

2 teaspoons canola oil

1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, food coloring and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Press a deep indentation with the back of a melon baller in center of each cookie or with the end of a wooden spoon handle.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until set.  If cookies have risen too much after baking, press lightly down on centers while cookies are warm. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a microwave, melt baking morsels/ chips with oil; stir until smooth. Spoon a scant teaspoon filling into each cookie. Drizzle tops with remaining mixture if desired. Sprinkle with peppermint candies. Let stand until set.

Today is the Winter Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year, marking the beginning of winter.

Optional shortcut: Save yourself some time on this shortest day of the year and busy holiday season and place a Candy Cane Hersey Kiss after baking while cookies are warm from the oven.

Printable Recipe->scroll down to the bottom of the page for ‘print page’ option

The good news for those who dread winter, is that beginning today, the days start getting longer and the sunsets and sunrises are more vivid due to the dry, clean Canadian air that sweeps down in winter.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Bite!

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  27 comments for “Merry Winter Solstice and Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints

  1. Karen Wright
    December 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Wow! The sunrise and sunset photos are magnificent!!! How fortunate to live in such a beautiful location and experience those views!!! Thanks for sharing those photos!!! The thumb prints look delish! I’m adding that recipe to my cookie making list for this year!!! Merry Thursday!

  2. December 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    What pretty cookies! I love red velvet and these would be wonderful for Valentines Day too. Of course I love your beautiful lake views and sunset and sunrise photos too. Merry Christmas! 🎄🚤⚓️🌅

  3. December 21, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Mary, I love red velvet anything! I will be adding this recipe to my cookie list. I actually enjoy winter and your sunrise and sunset photos are stunning! Merry Christmas to you and yours! ❤️

  4. Rita C.
    December 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Great cookies. The thing I love about winter solstice? The days begin getting longer again! Merry Christmas, Mary!

  5. December 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I wish I could reach through my computer screen and take one of those pretty red velvet cookies. Thanks for the shortcut tip and Merry Winter Solstice!

  6. December 21, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Another delicious recipe to add to my list. I made your Cranberry Orange Pistachio Loaves last week and my neighbors loved them. Thank your for all your year long holiday inspiration and recipes. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Cyndi Raines
    December 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Oh my gosh! LOVE the sunrise and sunset pictures of the lake, I could stare at those all day, post card perfect! Just made the traditional thumbprint cookies and they are almost gone. Lol. I like them best with the marchino cherries, hubby likes them with raspberry jam. These look really good too. I also want to try your No Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs, they sound delish! Love that the days will be getting longer. 🌞

  8. December 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Those cookies look fantastic.

  9. December 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Those little cookies look delectable, Mary! Subbing peppermint Hershey Kisses is a great idea, and I just bought a bag yesterday (Cissy is crazy for them!).

  10. December 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    These cookies look amazing…and who cannot resist red velvet and peppermint!….I so love the skies in the winter…they are truly spectacular and I so love to see the skies especially at sunrise…they just start off the day on such a happy note! Have a Merry Week Mary!!!

  11. Louise
    December 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Your site makes me smile. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  12. Virginia
    December 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Saving the cookie recipe for next year since I finished my baking yesterday. Just amazing sunsets. Thanks for sharing. Yesterday I made 18 loves of the cranberry, orange and pistachio cakes for our neighbor’s and friends and added a tablespoon of grand marnier to the batter. I also made cranberry pistachio bark to go with it. Thanks so much for the recipe and for inspiring us through out the year. Merry Christmas to you, your husband and the doggies.

  13. Sandy Park
    December 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Oh my goodness, those look so yummy. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and your family and Merry Christmas.

  14. December 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

    They sound wonderful…Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Mary!

  15. December 21, 2017 at 11:53 am

    If I made these, I would immediately have to gift them or I would eat all! These look festive and delicious, Mary. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. Marilyn
    December 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    The cookies look delicious. I am a chocolate lover and I would love to take one of those cookies off of your plate.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY,HEALTHY,PEACE FILLED YEAR.
    Marilyn

  17. Joan
    December 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Thank You for sharing the cookie recipe. I love those Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses.
    Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas’ and a wonderful 2018.
    Joan

  18. Marion
    December 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Mary the photos are beautiful. One of the best things about Winter is the clear starry nights. The sky is extra clear on cold nights. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a WONDERFUL 2018.
    Marion

  19. December 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I’m making red velvet cookies tomorrow for Christmas Eve and to freeze for the Sugar Bowl, I hope mine turn out as pretty as these! Gorgeous photos and YaY! for longer days! Merry Jolly Holidays Mary!
    Jenna

  20. December 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Your cookies look great Mary, wish I had a couple right now! Happy Winter and Merry Christmas Count Down-enjoy:@)

  21. December 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    These look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  22. Linda Tietjen
    December 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Being a southern girl, anything red velvet catches my attention! My mother-in-law gives me a subscription each year to Taste of Home but somehow I missed this recipe…happy you included it in your beautiful blog today! Enjoy the holidays and your great gift of sharing with us all!

  23. Sue
    December 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  24. Norma Rolader
    December 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    WOW!!!! What beautiful sunset scenery … God’s beautiful world The cookies sound yummy almost like my red velvet balls using red velvet cake mix Thank you for sharing your beautiful scenery with us you are so bless to be able to wake up and go to sleep by such beauty God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family

  25. mistimaan
    December 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Looks too yummy……Merry Christmas :)

  26. January 2, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe!

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