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Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

These chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies satisfy several of my flavor cravings. This recipe will undoubtedly become one of your favorites because it’s easy and delicious.

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies and candies on a plate

I grew up in a family of foodies. Not only did the women gather in the kitchen to cook, but the men also participated.

Most of the time, the guys were outside cranking the ice cream machine or watching my grandpa fry catfish. My grandma didn’t want the smell of fish inside the house, but she sure did love to eat it.

After supper, we always had dessert. Sometimes it was this chocolate pie, and sometimes it was a pineapple upside down cake. However, there were many occasions when we enjoyed homemade cookies.


You only need 3 ingredients for the base or main part of the cookie—chocolate cake mix, eggs, and oil. I used gluten-free cake mix, but you can use regular. The results will basically be the same.

Cake mix, cooking oil, and eggs

Then you need 3 ingredients for the filling—white (vanilla) frosting, peppermint flavoring, and peppermint candy.

Peppermint extract, vanilla frosting, and peppermint candy

These are unquestionably some of the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. But other people won’t know unless you tell them.

How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

First of all, mix the cake mix, eggs, and oil until they’re well blended. Stick the cookie dough in the fridge for a few minutes. This makes the dough less sticky and easier to work with.

Cookie dough in a bowl

After you pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator, form it into small balls about half the size of golf balls. Next, press the center of each cookie dough ball with your thumb.

Cookie dough with thumbprints

Bake until they’re done. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

Baked thumbprint cookies before they're filled

While they’re cooling, combine the frosting, peppermint flavoring, and crushed candy. I put the candy in a plastic bag and crushed it with a rolling pin. I would have used the food processor, but I wanted large chunks.

After the cookies have cooled completely, scoop the icing into the center of each cookie. Finally, you have some of the most delicious cookies you’ll ever eat.

Okay, maybe I say that about all cookies, but these are definitely among my favorites.

Unfortunately, the cookies looked a little bit messy the first time I made them because the frosting kept sticking to the spoon. I should have put the frosting in the fridge before scooping it into the cookies.

Although I was tempted to toss them and start over, my frugal nature got the best of me. This is how the cookies look when they’re not perfect. But they still taste wonderful!

Chocolate peppermint cookies on a plate
First batch of very messy thumbprint cookies

Even when they’re a tad messy, if you put them on a plate, they’ll disappear quickly!

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies and candy on a plate
Second batch of chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies

I took my own advice with my second batch of cookies. These certainly look much less messy since I put the frosting in the fridge before filling them.

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies on a plate

More Recipes

If you like this recipe, you’ll love these butterscotch pecan cookies.

You might also enjoy these pecan brownie cookies. They’re delicious enough to bring to a buffet dinner, potluck, or holiday party.

Also check out some great recipes on Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth, Meal Plan Monday at Julia’s Simply Southern, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

Yield: 24 cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies and candy on a plate

These chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies give you an explosion of flavors, and they're super easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 chocolate cake mix (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil (1/4 cup of oil for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup of white frosting
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring
  • 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candies


    1. Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a cookie sheet with silicone liners or parchment paper.
    2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil. Stir until the batter is well blended. It will be thick, but that’s fine because it’s cookie dough.
    3. Refrigerate the dough for about 10 minutes.
      Remove the dough from the refrigerator and form into small balls, about half the size of a golf ball.
    4. Press your thumb into the middle of each ball to form the thumbprint.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.
    6. While the cookies are cooling, combine the frosting, peppermint flavoring, and 3/4 of the crushed peppermint candy.
    7. After the cookies have cooled, spoon the frosting mixture into the thumbprint of each cookie.
    8. Scatter the remaining peppermint candy over the top and gently press into the frosting.
    9. Enjoy!


Please note that you need less oil when using a gluten-free cake mix.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 241Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 47mgSodium 83mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Your Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies look delicious, we will love them! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 457. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Monday 18th of November 2019

Chocolate and peppermint are one of the best combinations! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning! Robin😊


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Hi Robin! I love the chocolate and peppermint combination too! Thank you so much for commenting and pinning!


Friday 15th of November 2019

Thanks for sharing at the Fabulous Friday Linky Party! We hope you can join us again this week >>


Thursday 14th of November 2019

These look so good! I can't believe they're made from cake mix! I'll have to try these for Christmas this year.


Thursday 14th of November 2019

Hi Michelle! I know, right? Once I discovered that I could use cake mix to make cookies, I felt so liberated! I think you'll really enjoy them. Please let me know.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

These look sooooo chocolatey and delicious!

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