Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Shortbread cookies filled with decadent chocolate and topped with peppermint pieces for just the right ratio of peppermint to chocolate

Photo by Ciarra Siller

These gluten free vegan chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies make a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie box.

Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 12 minutes
Total Time – 27 minutes
Makes 14 cookies


• 3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. vegan butter, room temperature
• 1/3 cup organic powdered sugar
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp. sea salt
• 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
• 1 tsp. coconut oil
• 3 Tbsp. peppermint candy pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the vegan butter and powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand-alone mixer or a large mixing bowl if using a handheld mixer. Beat the butter and powdered sugar together until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and mix until combined. Mix in the flour and sea salt until a dough forms.
  3. Separate the dough into 14 evenly sized balls and place them on the baking sheets about 1 -2 inches apart. They won’t spread. Use the back of a teaspoon-sized measuring spoon to press the balls down and make an indent in the centre. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to continue cooling.
  4. Once cooled, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Stir the chocolate every so often until completely melted and then remove it from the heat.
  5. Fill the cavities of the cookies with chocolate. Let them cool at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before topping with peppermint candies to ensure the candies won’t sink into the chocolate.
  6. Allow the chocolate to continue to cool at room temperature until solid, about 1 hour.

If your dough seems too dry and is not coming together, you can add 1 teaspoon of water until the dough comes together.

Nutrition facts per serving Calories 236; protein 1 g; fat 11 g; carbs 18 g.

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