Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lumberjack Blossoms

Don't give me that look. These are not what you think.  Does it say peanut butter in the title?  No, because these aren't a rendition of Peanut Butter Blossoms.  They are a different flavor of cookie full of fall spices, soft cookie texture and a choice of two different kisses to bring a brand new pop of flavor.  The Lumberjack Cookie base was already a hit for us, so by topping them with Hershey's Kisses--in just the right flavors--how could I go wrong? 

The fall brings out an abundance of pumpkin and spice flavored varieties of my favorite treats, Hershey's Kisses included.  I also think fall is a more caramel-y time of year too.  When I stumbled into the Pumpkin Spice Kisses and the Caramel-filled Milk Chocolate Kisses in the candy aisle, I needed to take them home with me and let them join the ranks of candy-laced baked goods that somehow keep coming out of my kitchen. I wasn't disappointed, and neither was Dave.  And like most things that happen with food, I was drawn to the caramel Kisses, but after one bite of a Pumpkin Spice Kiss-topped Lumberjack, I knew Dave would gobble those up quickly--which he did.  Inspired by these Kisses, I made the basic Lumberjack Cookie recipe then treated them similar to Peanut Butter Blossoms in order to bake and add the Kisses to the cookies. You could use just one flavor of Kisses, but you'll need two bags anyway, so try them both!  Perfectly spiced, sweet and a bit of a surprise, these are a wonderful fall cookie.

Lumberjack Blossoms

1 recipe for Lumberjack Cookie batter

3 dozen Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses
3 dozen Caramel-filled Milk Chocolate Hershey's Kisses

Prepare Lumberjack Cookie batter as directed.  Shape into balls, roll in sugar and arrange on parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.  Turn baking sheet 180 degrees halfway through baking. If using more than one sheet at a time, rotate positions in the oven for more even baking.

Remove from oven and top each cookie with a Kiss by pressing it into the top of the cookie.

Return to oven and bake for 2-3 more minutes or until cookie is set, but before the Kisses melt.

Cool on pans for 2 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 6 dozen cookies.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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