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!
Adapted from Lick the Bowl Good
Makes 4-5 dozen
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter softened*
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!