Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cookies for Santa

The inspiration for these cookies came from Hannah in the Kitchen. I saw these Candy Cane Blossoms on her blog and thought they would be perfect to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. I adapted the recipe slightly by adding a touch of peppermint extract, and they are quite yummy.





Candy Cane Blossoms
48 Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane Mint Candies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
Red and green sugar crystals

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Unwrap Hershey's Kisses; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Chill dough for 1 hour, then shape into 1-inch balls. Roll ball in red or green sugar crystals. Place on prepared pan. Bake for 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 kiss into the center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.




Cool the cookies on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes after removing from the oven.


Press a candy kiss into the center of each cookie, then remove from pan to a wire rack to completely cool.


I rolled half my cookies in red sugar and half of them in green sugar.





The tree is lit, the stockings are hung, and Santa's cookies are ready.
Merry Christmas!


11 comments:

  1. Anita, a wonderful Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love your blog and making your recipes. Andi

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  2. I wouldn't mind having one of those pretty cookies but go ahead and save them for Santa! I hope Christmas Day will be an extra special day for you and your loved ones. You have been such a good blogging friend and I am glad to have met you!---------- Shannon

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  3. Look amazing these cookies:) Merry Christmas:)

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  4. Perfect cookies fro Santa! Merry Christmas!!!

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  5. These are great! Pretty with the color combo too. Thanks for sharing these in the party. I am pinning and tweeting these.

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  6. What beautiful cookies, Anita! I'll have to remember these next year.

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  7. Hi Anita. I made these too! Mine turned out great and everyone thought they were so cute. I like your idea of adding the peppermint!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  8. I love those kisses and I bet those cookies taste great. Very festive too! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

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  9. These are so fun and colorful! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

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  10. Cute, festive, colorful and delicious! Thanks so much for linking them up at Sweet Temptations!

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