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Homemade Christmas Holiday Gifts of Food: Peppermint Kiss Cookies

When it comes to Christmas and Holiday time, everyone seems to be peppermint crazy. From peppermint lattes to peppermint bark, nobody can get enough. And who are we to deny people their happiness?

So, to keep the masses happy, below is a recipe for Peppermint Kiss Cookies from my friend Lori at RecipeGirl.com…..

Peppermint Kiss Cookies (Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen) by www.RecipeGirl.com
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1¼ cups butter, at room temperature
1 tsp peppermint extract, optional
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped Candy Cane flavored Hershey’s Kisses
granulated sugar
additional, unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses- about 30

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Make room in either refrigerator or freezer for your cookie sheet.

2. In large mixer bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, extracts and egg. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy (2-3 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet mixture and beat, scraping bowl often until well blended (1-2 minutes). The mixture will be a bit crumbly. Stir in chopped Kisses.

3. Shape dough into ¾-inch to 1-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cookie. They’ll crack a little around the edges, so just use your fingers to kind of hold the cookie together while you set the kiss inside. Put cookie sheet (with cookies) immediately into the freezer (preferred) or refrigerator so that the Kisses will set quickly. As soon as you press them into the cookie, they will begin to soften… so if you can get them into the freezer then they will keep their Kiss shape.

4. Store in a covered container- at room temperature for up to a week. In the freezer they should be  good for a couple of weeks.

Lori Lange (aka “RecipeGirl”)  left the elementary school classroom in 2005 to start RecipeGirl.com, which houses over 2,500 original and adapted recipes.  Lori now spends her days developing recipes and photographing food and writing for companies, websites and publications and she was a judge alongside Paula Deen in the Real Women of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cook Off in Savannah, GA in 2010 – Lucky Duck!

Please go visit Lori at RecipeGirl.com and gawk at her recipes and photos. Photo by Lori Lange.

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