- 48 milk chocolate kisses, candy cane kisses or miniature chocolate-covered peppermint patties, unwrapped
- 4 candy canes
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freeze kisses in a covered container for at least 1 hour. Place candy canes in a food processor; process until finely crushed.
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
- Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in crushed candy canes. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Immediately press a kiss into center of each cookie. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.
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Because I had made Strawberry Cream Cookies just before, I had anticipated a problem with this recipe. It was royally crumbly even with only 2 1/2 cups of flour. I had already decided that I was going to mix the candy canes in the dough. The recipe didn't specify what size of candy cane, so I figured on small ones, but I put in eight small candy canes. Then I thought about checking out the comments. THANKS for the comments, because it determined what I would do next. I added an extra egg, but not the rest of the flour, eight crushed candy canes, and letting the cookies rest for 3 minutes after coming out the oven before I put on the hershey hugs/kisses...but it sure takes a long time to set. Don't touch the hugs because you'll sink it! Otherwise, they look beautiful and are probably yummy. With my modifications, I would make it again. Good thing I know how to do that!!
These cookies are delicious; however, did adjust a few things when I was baking them. I crushed the candy canes like powder, then added some to the dough and combined some with granulated sugar to roll the cookie dough in. This made it easier to remove the cookies from the pan. I used Hershey's Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses to top the cookies and found that if I froze them first, they didn't melt into a puddle. My husband loved them!
I had no problem with the recipe just as written. I did not freeze though. I used chocolate hershey kisses, I thought the peppermint may have been too much with the crushed candy cane coating. I crushed my candy canes in the food processor so some of it was more like powder. I do like the idea of adding it into the batter it will save time. People that had problems with melting I only had one or two that the kisses melted over. I think if you wait a minute or two to press the kisses into the cookie when removed that would take care of that problem. I bake all my cookies on a silicone sheet on top of my cookie sheet. I had no problem with sticking at all. The hardest part is storing them. The family thought they were good.
These cookies cemented themselves to my baking sheets, and the candy cane kisses melted into striped blobs almost immediately after being pressed into the cookie.
On my second batch, I tried coating only the top of the ball (dough made great balls, at least!), and discovered that taking away that much candy coating revealed a terribly bland cookie.
I wish I'd thought to read these reviews before wasting my time!
The issue with the candy oozing and the kisses melting down is easily solved. 1) The recipe calls for candy canes to be "finely crushed" - - crush them so they are like powder/fine shards so they will help hold the dough together. Also add into the dough instead of rolling balls in the candy cane pieces. 2) I also added 1/4 cup of milk per another's suggestion. 3) After removing from the oven, let the cookies sit for 3-4 minutes then lightly push kiss into top. Remove to a cooling rack. I then set mine out on the closed in porch (not heated) and they set up nicely. 4) I should also mention that I use teflon sheets on my cookie sheets - this is something I do with all my cookies so they are easily removed and there is not mess to clean. But since the candy canes are crushed to a powder substance there is no oozing since that only happens because there are large chunks of candy that have melted.
I just returned from a cooking swap and everyone thought they looked wonderful and they even thought they tasted great. I think if you use these minor tweaks you will be much happier with the cookies texture and presentation. Hope this helps
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