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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms

I spotted these beauties on Pinterest last week. Of all the recipes I’ve pinned, I’ve probably only made 4 or 5. But these were too cute to resist making. And it helped that I happen to love Candy Cane Kisses. Oh, and the chocolate cookies are even mint chocolate--which I also happen to love. So, naturally I made them. And they were delicious. And cute--except, they weren’t as cute as the ones in the original picture because I’m not the most patient person so I shaped fewer big balls of dough, instead of lots of little ones.

These are a fun, festive treat and would make a great addition to a holiday dessert bar, a goodie plate to take to neighbors, or a plate for Santa. The cookie dough is not overly sweet, so if you like things on the sweeter side you could add a bit more sugar to taste.

Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms
Printable Version
makes about 40-50 small cookies if you’re patient--if you’re me, it made about 26 larger cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 package Hershey’s candy cane kisses

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine butter and shortening and stir for 30 seconds.
Add sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder and mix well.
Next, add egg, milk, and peppermint extract.
Add flour a little bit at a time. If the dough gets too tough for the beaters, use a spoon.
Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour covered.
Form the dough into 1 inch small balls and place on a parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Immediately after taking out of the oven, press in a candy cane kiss. Allow to cool completely before removing cookies from baking sheet. (If you try to move them too early, the kisses will be all melty and flatten almost completely resulting in a chocolate cookie with what looks like a peppermint nipple. Which is weird, so, just don’t move them till they’ve cooled completely. Mmmkay? That is, unless you want nipple cookies...)

Recipe Source: Cafe Zupa's Blog

1 comment:

  1. I loved the instructions about avoiding a nipple looking cookie! :) You are funny!