Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cookie Baking 2012 Segment #3

So, how are we doing?  Are you keeping up with me?  Are we having fun yet?  UGH!!!!!  Today we will add two more kinds to complete the 10 varieties of cookies that I'm making this year.  

When the fall holidays arrive, the Candy Cane Kisses begin to appear on grocery shelves.  These are incredibly yummy!  And amazing when tucked into a cookie!  Surprisingly enough our next cookies are called:

CANDY CANE KISS COOKIES

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, at room temp
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional....I didn't use it)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Candy Cane Kisses, finely chopped
granulated sugar
additional, unwrapped Kisses - get two packages

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make room in either your refrigerator or freezer for your cookie sheet.

In large bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, extracts and egg.  Beat until creamy (about 2-3 min).  In separate bowl combine dry ingredients, add to wet mixture and beat.  The mixture will be crumbly.  Stir in chopped kisses.

Shape dough into 3/4 to 1 inch balls, roll in granulated sugar.  Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  As soon as they come out of the oven, press an unwrapped Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cookie and when done immediately put the cookie sheet into the freezer so that the cookies will set quickly.  If you do it fast enough the kisses will keep their shape.......see below:


You notice I had a few disasters!  Funny that they were so random.  My freezer was pretty full though so I really had to squeeze them in. Needless to say that the flopped over ones will not be going into the give-away containers.  LOL

Next, we're going to make my favorites.  These are sort of putzy in the beginning because you have to cut gum drops in preparation.  This is easy by using a scissors dipped into water before each cut.  The recipe says to quarter them, but mine were "honking" sized.....about an inch, so I had to cut a lot!  When you're done cutting, mix them with 2 teaspoons sugar to prevent sticking together.  (This bowl had a double recipe, so don't expect to get so many.)


SPICED GUMDROP SNOWBALLS

2/3 cups butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup spices red and green gumdrops, quartered
1/3 to 1/2 cup nonpareils (available in specialty baking shops)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Use parchment paper lining your cookie sheets, or grease two large cookie sheets.  Beat butter and then in order add sugar, cinnamon, then yolks and vanilla.  Beat in flour and then, by hand, add cut up gumdrops.

Shape dough in 1 inch balls and roll in nonpareils.  Place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.  Press slightly to flatten.  Bake 10 minutes.  Makes 36.


Pretty, huh?  They're just so Christmassy looking!!!  Besides, being so yummy!  I only started making them about 5 years ago and now make a double recipe every year.

So, there you have it.  Another segment of our 2012 cookie baking marathon.  Hope you're having fun!

10 comments:

Sara said...

the spiced gumdrop snowballs look divine Carol!!! May have to try that one! Thanks for sharing all these goodies:):):)

Amy Friend said...

I think I will try these two! I am always looking for new cookie recipes.

Annie said...

I'm having fun!...cause I'm not baking them. I'm just sittin' here lookin' at all their deliciousness! LOL Oops!...now I'm not having fun cause I just remembered I have to bake a Poppyseed Cake today for tomorrow. Ugh!...but so delicious.

Jean(ie) said...

Those spice gumdrop snowballs are adorable times eleventy!!!

Nicole said...

Even if you're done making the cookies, how about sharing more recipes?

Tracee said...

I've never seen candy cane kisses before, I'll be on the look out now though, they look fantastic.

Quilty Conscience said...

I agree! The spiced gumdrops look perfect for Christmas. I can hardly wait to try this recipe. Thanks again for sharing with us.

Chris said...

Hey Carol! Just popped in for the first time in a LONG time to see what you are up to. Looks like things are going well with you! The cookies look scrumptious and of course your mug rugs are adorable as usual! Happy Thanksgiving to you and have a Merry Christmas!

Amy Friend said...

Carol-Penny and I made the candy cane kisses cookies today. Thanks for the recipe! Penny opened all the little chocolates!! She was a good helper. She was paid with one or two :) Even though I put the trays right in the freezer, many of my centers got really melty. What's your trick?

Sara said...

Carol,I am baking the peppermint ones as we speak! I am wondering if you leave them in the freezer until you give them to someone else or do you leave them out? I am worried the kisses on top will melt. Sounds like a dumb question,but I am asking anyway! ha!

BTW,I had one just now and they are soooo yummy. They will be on my cookie list for the holidays permanently;)

Hope you are having a good evening:)