Saturday, January 9, 2016

Grinch Cookies

I love Grinch cookies! They are so festive and colorful and any cookie topped with a Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss is going to be delicious! Last year I used a Peanut Butter Drop Cookie recipe but this year I decided to go with a Snickerdoodle recipe because I new some of our neighbors had peanut allergies. Both tasted great! I'll post both recipes...

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2-3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
green granulated sugar sprinkles
Hershey Candy Cane Kisses

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap Hershey kisses and place in a small plastic container and store in freezer until ready to use. (Candy Cane Kisses melt fast on a hot cookie so I've found this helps the kiss from melting if they are cold to begin with.)

Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, 1-1/2 c. sugar and eggs. Blend in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough into small balls. Roll in green granulated sugar sprinkles and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.  Remove from oven and place a kiss on each cookie, slightly pressing down to indent the kiss into the cookie. Let cookie cool for a few minutes until set. (If you notice the kisses going too soft on the cookie, set them in the freezer for 10+ minutes until they are cooled. The kiss will then be able to hold its shape.)

3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. packed light brown sugar
1 egg
3 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
green granulated sugar sprinkles
Hershey Kisses

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat peanut butter and shortening in large bowl with mixer until well mixed. Add 1/3 c. granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat well. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on engrossed cookie sheet.

Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until set. Immediately press kiss into center of each cookie. Return to oven for 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool.

*Note: There are many varieties of Hershey Kisses and they all melt differently. If using anything other than a regular Hershey Kiss, skip the last step of returning the cookies to the oven and instead just bake the cookies a minute longer before removing and adding the kiss.  Also you may need to put the cookies in the refrigerator after baking to get the chocolate to harden.

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