Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cane-Kissed Chocolate Cookies

Remember how I said that I was going to "count" the other day's sprinkle-fest as our official cookie baking for the season?

I lied.

I decided to blow off the pretzel treats, or maybe do them later, to take to one of the family Christmas events, and instead (I think) I invented a whole new kind of cookie.

Well, the cookie itself is from a recipe for chocolate chocolate chip cookies that Google found for me at AllRecipes.com, with the chocolate chips left out, and then topped with a Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss.

(I would've thought they were Hugs, because they're white chocolate, but the bag says Kisses. So there.)

And Peeper helped!

Cane-Kissed Chocolate Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies (The photos show a double recipe.)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
For cane-kissed cookies: 2 dozen Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
For chocolate chip cookies: 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.

  2. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer (use a better mixer, dumbass!) in a large (larger than this, dumbass!) bowl until smooth. Beat in one egg until completely incorporated. Beat in the last egg along with the vanilla. Clean up cookie dough splatters from all over your kitchen.

    That's better!

  3. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. If making chocolate chip cookies, add the chips now and mix until smooth. If not, just keep mixing until it's all smooth. This will take for-freaking-ever, and there will be a cloud of cocoa powder floating around your kitchen. Or maybe that's just me.

    Keep mixing . . .

  4. Drop by heaped teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. For cane-kissed cookies, place a kiss on each one. Or have your lovely assistant do so.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 9 to 12 minutes.

    If you're not careful, the points of the kisses will burn on top before the cookies are done, so what I did is after about a minute, when they got soft, I smooshed them down, so the little points weren't sticking up, and they did much better.

    Cool for one minute on the baking sheet, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. She is such a big helper!!!!! Because I'm such a ridiculously anally 'clean it up right away person' (Deion HATES that about me!), after I was done enjoying the Peeper pictures, I went back and looked at the huge mess and, mentally, offered you a Clorox wipe and a Swiffer Sweeper to help clean up. ;-)
    Wasn't it just yesterday she was sleeping in my arms at a Christmas party?

  2. Oh my God, the mess! But what a good helper she is! Since the points of the kisses burn a little bit, perhaps you could have put them in the cookies upside down, so there's no point sticking up. Last year I made Mrs. Claus's nipples according to your recipe. They were very popular at my house. Now I need to go back and find your post from last December to take another look at them so I can make some more.

  3. D's mom - you'll be happy to know that it's all cleaned up now (mostly).

    Anon - That was my first thought, too, but the bottoms are just white, so there would be no pretty stripes.

    Poor confused Peeper, when I told her to turn them over, then told her nevermind!

    But, when I took them to the party today and someone asked "Is that what they're supposed to look like?" and someone else put their beautiful, still kiss-shaped peanut butter blossoms next to my cookies, I found out that you're not actually supposed to add the candy until *after* the cookies are baked.

    In my defense, if I'd done it that way, Peeper couldn't have helped with the candy placement, because they would have been too hot.

    So there.

    Also - I love that you not only made Mrs. Claus' Nipples, but that you called them that!

  4. Well, upside down kisses or not there can't be anything more delicious than a cookie made with help from Peeper. We all know how much love is in them!!!! ;-)

    PS: As if you didn't already know this.. she's just GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!


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