Sunday, December 20, 2009

12 Days of Baking ~ Day 11

Here's another tasty little treat for ya.  This is a very sweet little cookie...a neat twist on the good 'ole peanut butter blossom with the Hershey Kiss in the middle.

This cookie is unusual for me in that it's not an ultra-sweet cookie.  Either that or I've gone and killed my taste buds doing all this baking.  You know how elderly people need to pile on the salt to taste it as they lose their sense of taste?  That will be me and the sugar someday.  Anyway...because this base is a shortbread cookie, the kiss really gets to be the shining star of the cookie.  Kinda like Jesus in the of the show!  Enjoy:

Caramel Kiss Shortbread Blossoms

1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Caramel-Filled Hershey Kisses

Beat butter in large bowl until creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating well.  Beat in vanilla.  Add baking powder and mix until well-combined.  Gradually add flour, mixing until just combined.  Stir in pecans.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I hope by now you know to just use that cookie scoop!) and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately press chocolate kiss into center of each cookie.  Remove from pan and let cool completely on cooling racks.  Makes about 48.


  1. I have good news for you Leanne! The sense of tasting sweet is the one that goes last. Salt, sour and all the rest go first. That's why some elderly people will sprinkle sugar on their food instead of salt. They think it doesn't have any taste without sugar on their food. So, you're in luck, my friend. You will be able to eat and TASTE chocolate far into your elderly years! God knew what he was doing when he designed us, and there's the proof. He wanted us to enjoy sweet things like candy and cookies, the longest. :)

  2. I can't wait to see what you have cooked up for the finale! Enjoyed all of your hard work, good girl!