Thursday, November 25, 2010

Autumn Hershey's Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

On a recent trip to the States I couldn't help but snatch up a bag each of the seasonal Hershey's kisses - candy corn, caramel apple and pumpkin spice. I tried them all and wasn't a huge fan of any of them. But I thought it would be fun to make thumbprint cookies with them and use the kisses as the center instead of jam! The cookie part is basically shortbread and the best way I can think to describe them is "homey" (and delicious of course). I would definitely make them again, though I would wouldn't buy those kisses again. It was fun though! These cookies would also be delicious made the way originally intended with jam, which I will be trying soon.

It's been snowing a bit on and off here. I'm reeeeeeally hoping for more snow today!!

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Sugar Cookie Bars
Coconut Shortbread
Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread
Earl Grey Tea Shortbread

Autumn Hershey's Kiss Thumbprint Cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes about 48

24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
48 Hershey's kisses (about a bag?), unwrapped

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, and beat until completely combined. With mixer on low, add flour and salt, and mix just until incorporated.

2. Shape dough into balls using about 1 tbsp dough. (If you want bigger cookies, use 2 tbsp and a longer baking time.) Place on baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart.

3. Moisten thumb with water, and gently press the center of each ball, making an indentation about 1/2 inch wide and inch deep. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, 10-12 minutes. Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, place a Hershey's kiss in the indentation. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.


Hannah said...

I'm so jealous of your snow! I'd love nothing more than to warm up the kitchen with baking cookies while the snow is falling...

The Duo Dishes said...

Too bad the caramel apple ones weren't that tasty on their own. They sound good. Great idea for cookies though.

Joanne said...

I love how I can't find those anywhere and you come to the states and snatch them up! :P These cookies look great although I'm sorry you weren't in love with the kisses themselves!

grace said...

as a us resident, i'm ashamed to say that i haven't seen these in any stores! now i'm on a mission.

Christmas Sweets said...

I kinda liked the caramel apples but then the original thing sure is best.Beautiful cookies. Looking forward to the one with jams. :)

Christmas Sweets said...

I kinda liked the caramel apples but then the original thing sure is best.Beautiful cookies. Looking forward to the one with jams. :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Aw very pretty! I was almost to the point of disliking how warm it's been even so late in the year. That is, UNTIL it started getting cold last week. Now I want the warmth back haha. Still, we aren't expecting snow yet. That would be fun :). Love these festive childhood-associated cookies!

kimberleyblue said...

I'm not a fan of the candy corn or the caramel apple ones, but I do love the pumpkin spice ones.

This a good idea to use them in a more interesting way. They look fantastic!

And Abby's looking pretty cute too.

Helene said...

Those kissed looks so cute. We always find great things in the States.

Melissa (The Sword in the Scone) said...

I live in the US and I wasn't even aware these Hershey's kiss flavors existed. There's no better way of exhibiting them then putting them on a cookie.

Deborah said...

I actually like the holiday flavors? :)

These are too cute and a great way to use those kisses.

Ricki said...

They LOOK adorable, even if you're not crazy about the kisses! And that Abby sure does know how to strike a pose! ;)