What a bad little blogger I am. Look at me, not posting a single thing after Father’s Day, and here it is almost Christmas. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been cooking much at all, and certainly not anything new that I haven’t already shared with you. But if you are still looking for something to make last minute before Christmas, you are in luck!
I whipped up these cookies last night, and they were super easy. Just grab a bag of candy cane Hershey Kisses from the store, as you probably already have everything else. (If I were you, I’d also buy some red and green sugar though. You can make your own with regular sugar and some food coloring, but why?)
These are just a simple sugar cookie, rolled in colored sugar before baking. Then you simply press an unwrapped kiss into the center of the cookie after pulling them out of the oven. It should be no surprise that I enjoy these types of cookies as I have done the Kiss + Cookie combination a couple of times before! (See here, here, and here.) I can’t help it. They are always good, are usually pretty easy, and provide bang for the buck! This particular cookie + kiss combination is a winner in my book as well. I can easily see myself making these cookies in future years. Cute, festive and tasty!
The recipe states that you will get 4 dozen cookies. I used a cookie scoop to portion mine out and ended up with 32 cookies. That leaves me a handful of kisses left over for eating… how disappointing.
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.