Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

1 -1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into chunks
1 & 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (see note below)
1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling
Hershey's Kisses

  • Line cookie sheets with parchment.  Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and extracts, beating until combined and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Gradually, add the flour mixture, beating on low just until combined.  The mixture will be very sticky.
  • Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Use a teaspoon cookie scoop (or a spoon) to scoop generous teaspoons of dough and roll them in the powdered sugar.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and meanwhile, unwrap the Kisses.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately press a Hershey's Kiss on top of each hot cookie.  Press firmly, so that it doesn't pop off.  Let the cookies sit on the sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • The original recipe from Bake at 350 called for mint extract in the cookies and a regular Kiss on top.  I didn't have the extract and used the candy cane Kisses for a little extra visual festivity.  
  • On the down side, it looks like the white chocolate has a lower melting point, because they immediately melted into puddles.  (Glad I pushed them down firmly as suggested so there was a well to contain all that melted chocolate.) On the up side, they're still cute, just not it the 3-D way I expected.
  • This is a really delicious cookie!  Chewy and nice texture.
  • The Kisses did eventually firm up.  I was doubtful at first so I put most of them out on the freezer to cool.  By the time we got back from N's concert, both the indoor and outdoor ones were firm.
  • I made a double batch (half butter and half margarine, btw) and the yield was 8 dozen.
  • I'd definitely makes these again.


Thérèse said...

Actually, since they don't look like kisses anymore, I thought you'd done something fancy with them. I wouldn't tell, if I were you!

happymomonline said...

These look amazing! We made the peanut butter kiss cookies over the weekend and they are already all eaten...guess we'll need to make something else closer to the big day. Perhaps this will be the one!

happymomonline said...

We made these and they were amazing! I left out the extract and used the peppermint kisses as you suggested. Beautiful and crazy it!

Margaret Mary said...

Glad you liked them Heather!