Candy Cane Blossoms for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

by Kelly on December 12, 2011

The sugar high continues here on The Pink Apron with the reveal of our recipes for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed participating because I definitely enjoy baking for others much more than for myself and I also really, really enjoy receiving packages.  Getting my boxes reminded me very much of getting care packages in college.  They were always a welcome surprise and broke up the day and the ones I received during the exchange were no different.  I was lucky enough to receive Peanut Butter Fudgies from Sweet Words, Tasty Treats, “Better Than Hot Chocolate” Cookies from Twice Cooked Half Baked, and Macroonis from That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles, all of which received high marks from my co-workers.  Every time I opened a box there was understandable interest from those who sit around me, so I couldn’t help but share.

For my contribution I made Candy Cane Blossoms.  I’m a bit of a sucker for seasonal candies (as made evident through my Cherry Cordial M&M obsession) so when I stumbled upon Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses I instantly knew I wanted to turn them into a festive holiday cookie.  What resulted was a vaguely similar cookie to the Peanut Butter Blossoms and Cherry Blossoms that are staples in my family.  The base recipe for the Candy Cane Blossoms came straight off the bag, though being me, I took some liberties.  In the original recipe the candy cane flavor came exclusively from the Kisses, but I wanted it to come through in the dough as well so I added some crushed candy cane pieces and mint extract.  I liked it because to my taste buds, it carried the flavor through well without taking on a too-strong mint flavor of a breath mint.  The candy cane flavor when combined with a copious amount of red sprinkles made for a festive holiday treat.

I sent my Candy Cane Blossoms off to Ashley of Savvy Table, Julia of In Pursuit of Sugar, and Tiffany of Strudel and Streusel.

I had a great time participating and cannot extend enough thanks to Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen for conceiving and executing the swap.  Given that over 600 people signed up I cannot imagine it was a small undertaking and thank them for organizing this.  If you didn’t get a chance to participate this year, be sure to sign up for their notification list by visiting http://eepurl.com/hsS-Y. They will be sending an email blast out as soon as things start gearing up for next years’ swap.  And should you be looking for more holiday cookie recipes they will also be posting a round up later this week.


Candy Cane Blossoms
In making these cookies it may seem like you have to make them incredibly small in order to get a full 4 dozen, but they spread quite a bit.  
Adapted from Hershey’s
Yields about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

-48 Candy Cane Mint Hershey’s Kisses
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons half and half
-2 tablespoons crushed candy cane pieces
-Red decorating sugar

Method:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove wrappers from candies.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla and peppermint flavor in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in candy cane pieces.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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Ashley December 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I can personally attest to how delightful these cookies were! Thank you!

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Kelly December 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for the comment Ashley. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them.

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The Duo Dishes December 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

Just read about this swap on Eats Well with Others. How fun. There will no doubt be some great cookie ideas floating around, which will be oh so helpful for an upcoming cookie party here. :)

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Kelly December 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

Absolutely! With over 600 people participating I’m guessing there will be no shortage of inspiration.

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shannon December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Definitely a great cookie :) I wanted to participate, but alas, there is not enough time to do it all!

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Kelly December 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Shannon – I agree. I definitely lucked out this year and my holiday season has been very, very light. Last year I hardly had any time for baking at all and this year it’s been nothing but sweets. But then again, as fun as online swaps are, I’m not sure they compare to in-person swaps. There is something so fun about sharing company and cookies.

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Erin December 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Well these are just delightful looking! I’m a sucker for all of the holiday themed candies as well. I love how cheerful and Christmasy these appear. Thank you for sharing :)

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Carolyn Jung December 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

If these don’t epitomize Christmas, I don’t know what does! So clever and lovely. ;)

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5 Star Foodie December 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

These cookies look just lovely, very festive!

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ash December 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

How have I never seen peppermint kisses?! I love the mint chocolate M&Ms, and these are like them but probably even better! Love these cookies, super festive and cute!

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