Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Blossoms

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Pumpkin Spice Blossoms
I saw this recipe on Pinterest a few months ago, and was hoping I would find the Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses and was so happy to purchase a bag last month at Target. I adapted the recipe from Hershey's Spice Blossoms (see link below), but added in my own touches by increasing the vanilla extract by 1/2 teaspoon, and adding a generous amount of pumpkin spice for a bold flavor profile. The trick to making sure the kisses do not melt when you press them gently into the cookie is to unwrap the kisses, and keep them in the freezer until you bake the cookies. These cookies are delightful, and the pumpkin spice kisses have a creamy white chocolate center that makes them a decadent treat. I recommend you bake this cookie for your holiday gifting! You'll be thrilled you baked them!

Yield: 2 1/2 Dozen Cookies 

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Salt

2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice

1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1 cup Pecans, finely chopped

30 Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses, unwrapped and frozen

Pumpkin Spice Blossoms cooling on wire racks

Directions
Heat oven to 350.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unwrap 30 kisses and place in cookie sheet, cover and put in freezer until ready to use.

In bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves; set aside.

With your mixer on medium speed, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth; about 2 minutes.

Turn mixer speed to low, and slowly add flour mixture and pecans and mix until combined, about 3 minutes.

Use tablespoon or ice cream scoop and form dough balls and place on lined baking sheets.

Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses - pumpkin spice with creamy white chocolate filling
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done. When you press on the cookie it should feel firm.

Remove from oven and flatten a little (and gently) with the back of a spatula.

Cool for 3 minutes and then gently press a pumpkin spice kiss into the center of the cookie. The cookie will crack along the edges a little more when you do this.

Put cookie sheet in freezer for 5 minutes so the kisses firm up and do not melt.

Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks to cool completely.

For the Hershey's Spice Blossoms Recipe, visit:
https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/en_US/recipes/96290/pumpkin-spice-blossoms.html

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

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