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June 24, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Lookie at my Cookies: Snickerdoodle Blossoms

I attended summer camp well into my late teens…actually all of my teen years. Many people told me it was time to grow up and get a real job, well, this summer I finally caved. I absolutely loved the time I spent at camp, those days were easily some of the best of my life. While I was at camp I loved getting mail, sometimes it’s nice to return to snail mail! But my favorite thing I received each summer was a special package from my parents, a package from a cookie place in Nashville–Christie Cookies. It became a tradition for my mom and dad to send my brother, my sister, and me all a tin of the cookies with all our favorite flavors. My personal favorites were (and still are) the M&M, chocolate chip, and Snickerdoodle. When making theseSnickerdoodle Blossoms I found on Lick the Bowl Good I tried to recreate those amazing Snickerdoodles I got from Christie Cookie every summer, except these are improved because they have a Hershey Kiss in the middle too!
The Snickerdoodle Blossoms were great, but I gotta say that I think Christie Cookie still does it better. Maybe it’s because when remember eating these cookies I remember the taste while eating them in 100 degree weather plus humidity? I love a good Snickerdoodle and Hershey Kisses are always a delight, so I was pleased with how these came out. Along with the cinnamon sugar topping, I added some cinnamon to my cookie batter because I wanted to make sure they had the definite cinnamon sugar flavor I associate with Snickerdoodles. 
The wonderful smell of cinnamon and fresh baked cookies filled my kitchen as I was waiting for these cookies to come out of the oven. The cookie has a crisp cinnamon sugar outside with a perfectly tender inside, and don’t forget the warm melty Kiss in the middle! These cookies were way easy and would be great to serve at a party or just make for friends coming over. They took maybe 30 minutes to make and bake. These were so tasty that I even made Ariel a believer in Snickerdoodles (she had never had one before?!?!) though she said she probably wouldn’t like it without the chocolate in the middle. I love a classic but there’s nothing wrong with improving on them and Snickerdoodle Blossoms do just that!
Snickerdoodle Blossoms
Makes 4-5 dozen
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter softened*
1 egg*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 generous tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
48 milk chocolate kisses unwrapped
*Healthy Swaps: use light butter and fat free egg substitute.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
Combine both sugars and butter in a large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low, add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Beat until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. If dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture. 
Place two inches apart on cookie sheets (I also had to flatten mine out with the back of a spoon a little bit). Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Immediately press 1 kiss into the middle of each cookie and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over top while they’re still warm. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely on a wire rack.
NOTE: before you stack these to store them make sure the Hershey Kiss is solid again because they are melty at first when you press them in the warm cookie!
Enjoy!
Bon Eating,
Whitney

12 thoughts on “Lookie at my Cookies: Snickerdoodle Blossoms

  1. lk (Healthy Delicious) says:

    I love snickerdoodles, and the addition of the hershey kiss is so perfect!

  2. Mary says:

    These look pretty awesome. It's hard to improve on a snicknerdoodle but I think the addition of a chocolate kiss just might do it.

  3. Justin says:

    fun idea… we'll have to try that next time we make snickerdoodles, which is pretty often

  4. finsmom says:

    I really love this idea – such a fun way to dress up a snickerdoodle!

  5. misss_e says:

    I love these cookies (snicks that is), And they are easy to make. im going to try them with the kiss in the middle now!

  6. Monica H says:

    Your cookies look great! I'm so glad you made them. You're right, I think there's always a time and a place for traditional snickerdoodles, but the kiss addition is fun too!

    I noticed right away that your cookies were much puffier than mine and that's because you plattened them out, I wonder if that's because of your healthy swaps? I know margarine yields a puffier cookie as well. hmmm?

  7. Monica H says:

    I meant "flattened"

  8. Ingrid says:

    As soon as I get to target for kisses I'm making these!
    ~ingrid

  9. tastestopping says:

    No fair! I just baked some Snickerdoodle cookies yesterday. Where were you, with your fantastic idea to top it with a Hershey's Kiss? Sigh. Next time. (Of course there's always the microwave for late additions of chocolate.)

    Best,
    Casey
    Editor
    http://www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

    P.S. We did try your Tilapia with Honey Scallion Dressing last week, and my husband liked it so much he put it on our menu again this week. And easy, too. So easy I felt kind of guilty when all was said and done!

  10. Marta says:

    What a cute idea! Nothing wrong with putting kisses in anything, but I can see them pairing specially well with snickerdoodles. Very lovely idea!

  11. Whitney says:

    lk: I have to agree with you, kisses make everything better, even a cookie thats already great!
    Mary: that's my feeling exactly, it's hard to improve on something so great but I think this does the trick!
    Justin: you definitely should, though your last snickerdoodle pictures looked unbelievable, I don't know if they can be any better!
    finsmom: thanks! I too thought it was a pretty clever idea, who doesn't like a little chocolate!
    Monica: yeah they did puff up! I think yours looked better but I do think it was because I used light butter. I don't cook with margarine generally but sometimes I use a light butter instead, in this case I think it made my cookies rise a little too much! thanks again for the recipe!
    Ingrid: YESYESYES! let me know how it goes (or went) and don't worry, you should have some extra kisses left over to enjoy on their own!
    Casey: awww just missed your batch! thank you so much for your nice words about my tilapia–I'm probably going to make it again seeing as I still have a filet left in the freezer!
    Marta: thanks! they tasted pretty great and I must agree, there is nothing wrong with adding some kisses!

    Thanks all for stopping by and for your comments!
    Bon Eating,
    Whitney

  12. I just read your blog – thanks for writing. I just wanted to let you guys know that it’s not displaying right on my blackberry (the bold). Anyway, I am now subscribed to the RSS feed on my laptop, so thanks again!

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