Friday, December 19, 2014

Peppermint Bark Blossoms

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  Thank you Influenster and Hershey's Kisses!
Peppermint Bark Blossoms

These are my new go-to Christmas cookies; easy to make, taste heavenly, and look festive!
I love the original Peanut Butter Blossoms and I am all about Peppermint Bark. Combining the two? A no- brainer.  Have a cookie swap?  Try these and be prepared for compliments :)

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch- process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup peppermint crunch (or just crushed candy canes)
unwrapped Hershey's Peppermint Kisses

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in electric mixer with a paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.  Mix in shortening (or additional butter). Add eggs and vanilla; mix until creamy.  Gradually add flour mixture.  Add peppermint crunch until just combined.
Use a small ice cream scoop for uniform cookies and drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake until edges are firm and a toothpick comes out clean from center, about 12 minutes.  Insert unwrapped Hershey's Peppermint Kisses into center of each cookie.  Let cool on a wire rack.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. (Let's be honest, they never last that long.)



Modified from this Martha Stewart recipe

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6 comments:

  1. Yum! These sound delicous! If I made them I'd get a lot since my husband doesn't like peppermint! ;)

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    1. My husband doesn't like peppermint either! Must be a y- chromosome thing ;) Make them and let me know how you like them, I've made 2 batches already!
      Whitney

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  2. I'm not a fan of the peppermint kisses myself, but we did end up making kiss cookies with the caramel filled type. Killer. I've made a chocolatey based blossom too, it was awesome. I love that it has crushed candy canes in it. I might just need to make these but switch out the kiss! Yummmmm.
    Merry Christmas =)
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Totally swap out the Kisses, any kind would work great! The peppermint crunch was really good though and made this cookie holiday-centric ;) As always, it was a fun link up.
      Whitney

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  3. I love "kiss" cookies! I've made similar ones in the past but never these. They look and sound so yummy! Might have to add them to my cookie list for next year :)

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    1. Elizabeth, you wouldnt be disappointed, especially if you like peppermint bark. Its my favorite Seasonal treat- hope you get around to making them!
      Whitney

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