Chocolate Mint Surprise Christmas Cookies

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

These look great for christmas treats for kids to leave for Santa and they will have a blast making for him! I know that my kids don't care for the normal peppermint candy canes yet, so you can probably omit those and add more of the mini chocolate chips instead! I also found them to be egg free, which should be great for those allergic or don't care for them and they still worked out great! As for the amount of Hershey kisses to use, I am not sure on the size of bags they come in, so I am guessing on the amount for the ingredients. You can probably add more or less to suit for the recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Using a medium sized ziploc bag, crush the candy canes in little pieces. Cut the hershey kisses in half. I found that a whole hershey kiss was too much for the cookies, but a half one is perfect!
  2. Heat your oven to 375.
  3. Add the butter to a stand or hand-held mixer and mix well until smooth. Add the sugars and mix well. Add the almond and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the flour and mix very well on low speed until well mixed.
  4. With a wooden spoon mix in the crushed candy canes and the mini chocolate chips well.
  5. Scoop out a teaspoon of dough and add one half of a hershey kiss. Roll up the dough in a ball to keep the kiss inside! Place the dough balls on a parchment covered cookie pan and bake for 10-12 minutes and golden. Allow them to cool for about 2 minutes before removing from the pan and allow to cool. I have found having a sheet of tin foil on your table or counter works great in cooling cookies!
  6. In a medium sauce pan, add the white chocolate chips and the 6 tablespoons of shortening. Melt slowly on medium/low heat as not to burn the chocolate.
  7. Divide the melted chocolate into 3 cups. In the first two cups, add a bit of green and a bit red food coloring seperately to the shades that you like. Using a fork, drizzle the colored chocolate over the cookies to decorate. The kids will love this part! Enjoy!
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I admit it - I'm one of those jerks who use other people's reviews to decide what recipes to use off the 'Zaar, but then I never review the recipe. Well, this time I had no reviews to rely on, but I decided to give this a shot for my annual cookie party. It's fantastic! I didn't even do the drizzle, and everyone was raving about this tasty little treat. I used Hershey's Bliss Creme de Menthe Meltaways cut in half for the centers. They're little squares, so it was easy to fold the dough around them. The candy cane pieces made these look beautifully festive for the holidays, and if you chop them finely with a rolling pin, they blend in really well with the rest of the cookie. I also didn't have mini chocolate chips in the house, so I just chopped regular chocolate chips a little more finely, and they worked great. Give this one a shot - you won't be sorry.