Monday, December 19, 2011

Candy Cane Blossoms

I very much enjoy peppermint bark, and the candy cane Hershey's Kisses are very reminiscent of the popular holiday treat.  While I was snacking away on some of the kisses this week I saw a cute little recipe on the back of the bag that I decided to make.  I promptly stopped my snacking so I would have enough candy left for the recipe!  These cookies are super festive and would make a wonderful addition to any holiday cookie tray.
This is what the packaging looks like.
Unwrap the candy.
Roll the dough balls in sugar.
Bake until the edges are lightly browned.
Pop the candy on top and enjoy!
Oh, and here is a random photo of my doggies just for fun. Sadie Sue is on the left and Zeus is on the right.
From Hershey's Kitchens

48 Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane Mint Candies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar, or powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.

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

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. 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. Cool completely.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Sometimes I think the only reason I eat cake is for the frosting.  I just really really really love frosting.  When I was a kid, I used to eat all of the cake first, and then have a pile of frosting that I would eat separately after I had rid my plate of that pesky cake.  My tastes are slightly more refined these days, as I will go ahead and eat my cake and frosting together.  Nonetheless, this peanut butter frosting is so delicious I really could eat it on its own.  It tastes great on both cakes and brownies.
From Hannah's Kitchen

1 cup peanut butter
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream

1. Beat peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer until combined.

2. Gradually add in powdered sugar and heavy cream.

3. When the sugar and cream have been incorporated, beat the frosting on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

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