Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Kisses Cookies

I got the idea to decorate these from Betty Crocker.  The peanut butter blossom cookie is already such an adorable cookie with a kiss smack in the middle... but I just couldn't resist!

But lets make the cookies first...

Hershey’s® Kisses® Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
(recipe courtesy Hershey’s)
  • 48 Hershey’s® Kisses® Milk Chocolates, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup Reese’s Creamy Peanut Butter (Use what ever PB you'd like)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F for baking.
Using an electric mixer, beat shortening and peanut butter together until creamy. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beating dry ingredients into wet mixture until dough forms.

Using your hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls.

Roll shaped balls in granulated sugar; turning completely to coat. Place sugared balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean-up.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies turn a very pale brown. Immediately remove sheet from oven and press a Kisses® Chocolate into the center of each cookie.
Carefully remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container....or decorate :)

To Decorate:

Believe it or not the Kisses do not really melt when you press them into the hot cookies. (They melt just enough to adhere to the the cookie but I was worried I would end up with a puddle of chocolate. Nope.) So, since sprinkles wont really stick to a dry surface dip the cookie (Kiss only!) into a cup of water, like so....

Be careful not to get the cookie part in the water...soggy cookies are not all that good - unless of course they were dipped in milk : )) Yummm...

If your Kiss falls into the water just fish it out and stick it right back on to the cookie. No damage done.

Now sprinkle your cookie!

Nutritonal Stats: (makes 36 cookies)
Calories 133, Fat 8.1g, Carbs 12.9g, Sugars 7.8g, Protein 2.7g
Calcium 2%, Iron 3%

1 comment:

Mandy said...

I love kiss cookies but never thought of putting little festive sprinkles on them--it makes them so adorable! Great idea!!