Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mint Cookie Blossoms

Who doesn't like mint and chocolate.  I started making these cookies as mint chocolate chip cookies back in college after adapting my family's delectable chocolate chip cookie recipe to add the mint.  Now I've added another little twist in removing the chocolate chips and replacing them with milk chocolate kisses.

Here are some soft delectable cookies, with a hint of mint, and melty chocolate kisses.

Mint Cookie Blossoms

2/3 cups vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Combine shortening and sugars mixing well.  Add eggs and vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet.  Form 3/8" balls of dough and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 7-10 minutes or until golden brown (the top of the cookie will look like it just started cracking). Press a kiss into the top of each cookie immediately upon removal from the oven. Let sit on cookie sheet 2-3 minutes before removing to wire cooling rack*. Enjoy!

*Note - the kisses will melt so try not to touch them while moving the cookies. They will set again after sitting for a few hours but will remain soft and malleable.