Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peppermint Pattie Pillows

I like alliteration.

Pillow cookies are those that have a surprise inside.  I'm not sure why they are called pillows and not something more appropriate, like treasure chests or candy holders, but there you are. I suppose I could have called them Peppermint Pattie Surprises, but as already stated, I like alliteration.

This recipe was found at Hershey's Kitchens on the Hershey website.  The only thing I modified was the size (I opted to cut the patties in half to get more cookies), which then caused me to modify the bake time.  These are super yummy, and very minty.  I considered adding peppermint extract to the dough, but didn't.  And it's a good thing because as rich as a chocolate is, any more peppermint might have been overload.

Peppermint Pattie Pillows

2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
24 York Peppermint Patties (They are pictured in the zip top bag. I got ahead of myself and took all the wrappers off while watching TV before I remembered I hadn't taken the ingredient photo.) 
colored sugar for decorating (not shown)

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until creamed.  Add egg, milk and vanilla, blending thoroughly.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Add to creamed mixture, blending well.  Refrigerate dough for about one hour or until firm (dough will be a little soft).

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone liners.  Remove wrappers from candies and cut in half.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then flatten ball.

Press candy into dough and mold dough around candy so it is completely covered.

Dip into colored sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookie is set.  Turn baking sheet 180 degrees halfway through. If using more than one sheet at a time, rotate positions in the oven for more even baking.  Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, then move to complete cooling on rack.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
(What's that? You have York Peppermint Patties leftover?  I think you can figure that out all on your own.)

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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