Friday, December 6, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint Melt-Away Cookies

The next recipe on our Cookies for Santa list are these Chocolate Peppermint Melt-Away Cookies.  They are so soft and delicious, they literally melt in your mouth. 
They also use my favorite Candy Kiss of all time- the Candy Cane flavor.  Have you tried these?  I can't get enough of these.
Here's how you make these:
Begin by unwrapping and chopping a bad of Candy Cane kisses.  Set these aside.
 To a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup oil 
 3/4 cup cocoa
 4 tablespoons of softened butter
 2 cups sugar
 4 eggs
 2 tablespoons of vanilla.  Mix these ingredients together until you get a nice chocolate batter.
 Then add 2 cups flour
 2 teaspoons baking powder and a half teaspoon of salt
 Mix these into the chocolate batter until incorporated.
 Now mix in your chopped candy cane kisses.  This is what adds a nice peppermint flavor and an awesome texture to your cookies.
 Measure 1 cup of powdered sugar into a separate bowl.
 Take a tablespoonful ball of cookie batter, it will be very soft and sticky, and drop it into the powdered sugar.
 Make sure it's covered completely
 Like this
 Place cookies onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until set.  Be careful not to over bake these.
 Once they are done baking you have several options, you can press a kiss into the center of each cookie
 like this
or you can chop up more kisses and sprinkle a generous amount on top of each cookie.  Or you can leave them just as they are.  My favorite is the kiss in the middle, but they're delicious any way.
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
 2 tablespoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 bags of Candy Cane Kisses

Unwrap and chop one package of kisses; set aside.  Cream oil, cocoa, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together in a mixing bowl.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix until incorporated.  Mix in chopped kisses.  Drop rounded tablespoonful balls into 1 cup powdered sugar, cover completely with sugar.  Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Leave plain, or top with an unwrapped kiss in the center, or sprinkle more chopped kisses generously on top of each cookie.

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