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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

There's always about a million Christmas recipes I want to try each year and yes, I always convince myself that it's attainable. Crazy, I know - but Christmas gets me in a baking mood BIG TIME. 

I remember the year I was 6 months pregnant with Silas I had just finished making about 12 dozen cookies (no lie) and I was out at the dollar store for a break. A woman came up to me, sweet as anything, to tell me she would be praying for me because she "knew" I would be having the baby that night. I stood there arguing with her for about 5 minutes, trying to explain to her that if I did  give birth that night it would NOT be a happy time because I wasn't due until March! I knew I was showing a lot, but I didn't think it was THAT much! 

So what was a super pregnant girl (that apparently looked like a whale) to do at Christmas? Make more cookies, of course! I literally remember having to throw cookies out that year because I had made way more than we could ever eat by ourselves. Of course now with two kids, they would never happen. And it certainly wouldn't happen with these yummy Candy Cane Kiss Cookies! I'm super lucky to live in an area with lots of great places for baking supplies so I used red sanding sugar to give these cookies more shine, similar to my Sparkly Gingersnaps. If you can't find the sanding sugar, just use regular red sugar instead. 

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
from Hershey Kitchens

10 oz bag Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup red sanding sugar

In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until creamy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add about half of the flour mixture followed by one tablespoon of the milk. Repeat procedure for remaining flour and milk. Place sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll tablespoonfuls of cookie dough into balls and then roll in colored sugar. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes, or until just starting to brown on the edges. Place one candy cane kiss in the center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets and place on wire racks to cool completely. Makes 3-4 dozen.

I'm not sure you can get a cookie that says "Christmas" better than these!

Here are some more of my favorite cookie recipes:

Sparkly Gingersnaps

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. These are so pretty, they would be perfect for a cookie exchange!

  2. Thanks so much, Stephanie!

  3. Cathy@LemonTreeDwellingDecember 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Omg....I have had so many "interesting" encounters with strangers surrounding pregnancy and babies. Strange people come out of the woodwork when you're pregnant!! Thanks for sharing this fun recipe, Kelly!



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