I made three batches in 90 minutes using two recipes for these Peppermint Kiss Valentine Cookies. The first recipe for these Peppermint Kiss Chocolate cookies omitted a few key ingredients. My sister found a second recipe that was close enough to the first recipe that we did not have to toss almost 4 cups of flour and cocoa. With a rough start, I assumed the 2nd batch would go off the rails. And, if you read any of my recipes you know I have troubled past with recipes. The irony was that I found this recipe because someone else missed a few details. No judgment; I get it. And, the best part of this recipe? ThesePeppermint Kiss Valentine cookies are uh-mazing!
And, they look so pretty friends and family will think you spent a lot of time in the kitchen.
This recipe calls for almost a cup of unsweetened cocoa. The Hershey White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses offer the perfect contrast to the dense, chocolate base.
Peppermint Kiss Valentine Cookies
The recipe is below, but I would point out the one and only change I made to the instructions. Okay, maybe two changes but both were related to timing; baking and cooling.
And, it might be my new oven that appears to trend hotter than the dial states.
The recipe suggests the Hershey kiss be added immediately after removing from the oven. However, my sister pointed out the Kisses were melting and sliding off the edge of the cookie.
So on the second batch, I let the cookies set on the cooling rack for a minute. I played with the timing of the Hershey kiss. I either let the cookie set for a minute before adding the kisses or removed the cookies from the baking sheet onto a cooling rack and then added the Hershey kiss.
It is all about the Kiss.
It was the perfect excuse to make a second batch for Valentine’s Day.
CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT KISSES COOKIES
- 2 1/2 CUPS FLOUR
- 3/4 CUP UNSWEETENED COCOA
- 1 TSP. BAKING SODA
- 1/2 TSP. SALT
- 1 CUP WHITE SUGAR
- 1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
- 1 CUP BUTTER
- 2 EGGS, ROOM TEMP
- 2 TSP. VANILLA
- 1 PACKAGE HERSEY'S WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT KISSES
- 1/4 CUP ADDITIONAL WHITE SUGAR TO ROLL DOUGH BALLS
- 1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 3502. IN MEDIUM BOWL MIX DRY INGREDIENTS, SET ASIDE3. IN LARGE MIXER BEAT THE SUGARS & BUTTER UNTIL LIGHT & FLUFFY4. ADD EGGS. MIX WELL. ADD VANILLA5. SLOWLY ADD FLOUR MIXTURE & BLEND6. ROLL THE COOKIE DOUGH INTO 1" BALLS7. ROLL EACH COOKIE DOUGH BALL IN THE SUGAR.8. PLACE ON PARCHMENT PAPER.9. BAKE 8-10 MINUTES ** I REMOVED MINE AT 8 MINUTES 10. LET COOL FOR A MINUTE ( I PLAYED WITH THIS BECAUSE RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN MY KISSES MELTED ONTO THE COOKIE). I REMOVED THE COOKIES FROM BAKING SHEET TO COOLING RACK AND THEN ADDED THE HERSHEY'S KISS. 11. THESE PACK AND FREEZE WELL. PERFECT FOR GIFT GIVING YEAR ROUND!
And, now I have a new favorite cookie for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and the 4th of July. I love a multi-purpose cookie recipe. Here is a care package treat using Hershey’s kisses.