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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that it’s pretty rare for me to come up with my own recipe.  I love my cookbooks and magazines – and all the wonderful websites and blogs out there.  But lately, I’ve been trying to venture a little bit out of my comfort zone and try something out when an idea pops into my head.

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Well, the minute I tried of the peppermint kisses that are on the store shelves right now, I knew I wanted to make something with them.  And of course, since it is Christmastime, a cookie is what I wanted.  The only problem was that everywhere I looked, there were only chocolate cookie recipes that used these kisses.  (Or of course the standby peanut butter blossoms, but I wasn’t really feeling the peanut butter/mint combo!)  So I decided to try something on my own.

Try #1 – I thought I would just use my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I would substitute mint extract and I would use crushed candy canes for part of the chocolate chips.  This was both a success and a failure.  Failure – because the cookies spread too much and they didn’t look just as I had imagined them.  But success – because they sure did taste good!  I was afraid that the candy cane would stay hard and make the cookie have hard chunks that you bit into, but luckily, the candy canes melt down and you just get the minty flavor.

I was just going to stick with these cookies, but the idea kept nagging in my head.  So I decided to go for round #2.  For these, I used a little bit different recipe, hoping that the cookies would look just how I was imagining.  Instead of adding the candy cane into the cookie, I pulverized them in the food processor, and make a candy cane “powder” that I rolled the dough in.  I’m not sure it added a ton of flavor, but I love the sparkle that it gave to the cookies!!

These cookies were equally delicious – so really – I don’t think I could even choose a favorite between the 2!  Yes, one is prettier than the other, but isn’t the taste what they are really about?

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Peppermint Kiss Cookies I

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup candy canes, coarsely crushed (about 8 candy canes)
Hershey’s peppermint kisses, unwrapped (about 30)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Beat together the butter, shortening, both sugars and peppermint extract.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl between eggs.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to the creamed butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined.  Mix in the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Bake for about 10 minutes.

Let cool for a minute or two and then press an unwrapped kiss in the center of the cookie.  Let cool before removing from baking sheet.

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Peppermint Kiss Cookies II

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
candy canes, completely crushed in a food processor
24 unwrapped peppermint kisses

Cream together the butter and the sugars.  Beat in the egg and the extract.  Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Roll the chilled dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in the candy cane “powder”.  Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and place a kiss in the center of each cookie.  Let cool completely.

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25 Responses to Peppermint Kiss Cookies – 2 Ways

  1. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I would happily eat either, but the beauty pageant crown goes to the second one. I love that photo on the red-striped background!

  2. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I am definitely going to have to try the peppermint kiss cookies. Yum!

  3. Jennifurla says:

    Great recipe lady, I think they oook dainty and nice…infact I would be eating many of these.

  4. Ingrid says:

    YAY, for venturing into creating our own recipes. I'm trying to do the same. Good for you!

    I thought both cookies were very pretty.

  5. Jean Bugs says:

    Both of these look and sound absolutley amazing!
    Damn weight watchers…what was I thinking joining before the holidays???? LOL
    Eat some for me, Deborah!

  6. HollyL says:

    I LOVE Candy cane kisses! They are my absolute favorite!! I think both cookies look amazing 🙂

  7. Monet says:

    I would love to sample both! I saw those same kisses at the store last night and almost picked a bag up. I should have because now I'm going to have to go back! Thank you for sharing with me today. I hope you have a joyous Monday!

  8. SmallWorld at Home says:

    Those look yummy! I was actually just baking some chocolate ones with peppermint cookies:

  9. Gina says:

    These look delicious! I am making cookies this week and putting this recipe on my list:).

  10. Joanne says:

    My friend just gave me a bag of these and I'm trying to brainstorm ideas for them! Love these cookies. Mint infusion all the way through!

  11. Danielle says:

    I'll definetly have to try this(: I just made cookies like these, except with the swirled chocolate kisses. These look so pretty!

  12. teresa says:

    go girl! i'm impressed, i want a dozen of each, i love candy cane kisses!

  13. Tasha says:

    What a pretty addition these would make to a cookie tray- especially #2. Great job on coming up with your own cookies.

  14. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Lovely cookies! They look so cute.



  15. Holly says:

    I think I would like the 1st one although the 2nd one looks really yummy…;)

  16. Katie says:

    They look so cheery and festive. Well done for creatung your own recipe, the candy cane dust sounds amazing!

  17. Vivienne says:

    aww this is so cute…reminds of me strippy xmas socks hehe. both versions looks good 🙂 we don't have peppermint kisses here yet tho 🙁

  18. rebekah says:

    Love the photo styling on the second cookie!

  19. rebekah says:

    Great photo styling on the second cookie!

  20. grace says:

    both cookies are grand, but i'll be honest–i don't even need the cookie base. those peppermint kisses are awesome! 🙂

  21. Fashion Meets Food says:

    Yum how good do these look!


  22. jenna says:

    These cookies are so seasonal! Wonderful idea.

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