Two Kinds of Peppermint Cookies

Posted on 12/27/2012 by bloodofareptile
I really love peppermint and it's one of the few flavors that my husband and I can agree on. We're a trans-Atlantic couple (I'm American, he's British) and we have such different tastes in desserts it's rare that we agree on anything.

A few years ago I was home in the US visiting and came across Candy Cane Kisses, red and white striped peppermint flavored Hershey's Kisses. One of the things I loved about moving to Europe was dumping Hershey's for other, richer chocolate, but I couldn't resist how cute they were. I was sure that you could do a version of the peanut butter cookie with a kiss in it that I'd seen for years, and I bought SO MANY packs of the kisses and hauled them back with me.

I was right, Hershey's even had a recipe on their website. I dove right in.

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I rolled mine in red and white sugar crystals instead of the solid color suggested (mainly because that's what my local bake shop had - supplies are harder to get in the UK). They're delicious straight out of the oven. When eaten later, we like to microwave them for a short burst to re-melt the kiss - they're best when it's gooey.

IF I can make any at all because my husband likes to eat the dough.



My mother saw that I'd made these and came across some red and white PEPPERMINT flavored sugar crystals in the US and threw them in my Christmas box this year. I was pretty excited to combine them with this, but when I opened them and gave them a taste they had a completely different peppermint flavor and I thought they'd clash with the kisses.

So instead I made another batch of the same dough and rolled much smaller balls, then rolled them in the peppermint sugar.

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When I first took them out of the oven, I thought these were a flop. The peppermint flavor was weak, nearly undetectable. I was not impressed, but packaged them up to at least take photos of them. Then my husband snuck one cold and started raving about them - I took a taste and he was right - once they'd sat for a while the peppermint from the sugar really started seeping into the cookies and they're pretty strong and flavorful.

I microwave them for just a short while to take off the cool edge and eat them. Delicious! They've both been flying out of the tin - neither one of us can keep our hands off them, which makes them both a definite holiday hit in this household!

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rainynights 28th-Dec-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
http://strawberrysprinks.blogspot.be/2012/12/peppermint-blossoms.html

I made them as well. They really are fantastic! Yours look adorable. I made a peanut butter version as well with chocolate hershey kiss bells.
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 11:30 am (UTC)
OMG that pic of yours where it's all melty and half eaten is SO making me want to eat one. I just keep telling myself that cookies are not a breakfast food!!!

We don't get Hershey's here, so I don't think I knew they made bells (or if I did I forgot) - what a cute idea though!

Thank you!
kmazzy 28th-Dec-2012 11:08 am (UTC)
they look a bit like boobs :) mmmmmmmmm.
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 11:31 am (UTC)
LOL. Raising the tone of any post. :-p
kmazzy 28th-Dec-2012 11:57 am (UTC)
but they dooooooooo. i want to eat them. post me some? ;)
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ha ha... I could! We eat them for about a week, so they'd probably make it a day in the post.

Or I could post you a handful of the kisses so you could make them. I don't think the recipe makes anywhere NEAR 4 dozen cookies as it claims.
querulouspeg 28th-Dec-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
SO CUTE! Hersheys kisses are the most perfect baking decoration and these ones more so! adorable cookies!
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
I rarely get to work with kisses, but I just fell in love with these and had to have them. :)

Thank you! :)
squid_ink 28th-Dec-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
nice variation of the traditional peanut butter cookie... love it! <3 so festive!
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We really love them - those striped kisses are so adorable!
bathofglitergrl 28th-Dec-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I had a leftover one of these for breakfast. Mmmmmm they are good!
bloodofareptile 28th-Dec-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, they are so delicious. I had to talk myself out of eating one for breakfast!
j_d0e 29th-Dec-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
One of my coworkers made these. They're delicious and festive!
bloodofareptile 30th-Dec-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
They really are. :) I will definitely be adding these to my holiday rotation!
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