This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
With the holiday baking season in full swing, I was challenged to come up with a brand new recipe as part of the Hershey’s NEW TRADITIONS campaign…which scared me a little. I love baking, but I am not the most creative person in the blogging world, and while some bakers may get super excited about the idea of coming up with something new every single time they pull out their measuring spoons and baking soda…I tend to freak out a little. I recently received a rather large supply of all things Hershey’s for this campaign, and I’ve been experimenting with the different candies, chocolate chips and cocoa powder. Then it hit me! Everyone loves those peanut butter blossom cookies with the big Hershey’s Kisses chocolates on top, right? Well, what if I switched that up a bit and stuck the Hershey’s Kisses chocolate INSIDE the cookie? One of the holiday flavors I have is Hershey’s Kisses Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle, and y’all know I love mint…so it formed the basis of this Mint Truffle Kisses Surprise Cookies Recipe!
I used my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and instead of adding chocolate chips, I just wrapped the dough around the Hershey’s Kisses Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle.
The result was pretty amazing – the Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates melted just enough to flatten out a tiny bit and create a luxuriously minty and chocolaty center in the cookie. YUM!
Angeline and I had so much fun coming up with this new recipe, I think it’s inspired us to try to get even more creative in the kitchen and come up with a lot of new recipes! This holiday season, Hershey wants to encourage families and friends to create new traditions with the ones they love by turning homes into the heart of this year’s holiday fun.
While Angeline and I are adjusting to life without Chris around, it’s been a pretty tough holiday season…we are managing, but it’s been a pretty rough transition to going from the regular family holiday traditions that she’s known her entire life to trying to create new holiday traditions just for the two of us. This campaign came along just at the right time – it was a great bonding experience and I’ve always wanted Angeline to do more in the kitchen with me anyway! Now instead of feeling blue that we aren’t decorating the house together as a family (because there’s no way that either of us are going to get up on the roof to put up the Christmas lights this year), we have something else to get excited about – BAKING!
The holidays have always been the sweetest time of the year in the Quillen house, as I always baked treats for my family and friends and Chris’s coworkers. Well, while I definitely have less people to bake for now, that just means that I have MORE TIME to focus on what I am baking, and trying new recipes (like these yummy cookies!). The Hershey Company has a wide variety of baking products to help us along, ranging from classics like Hershey’s Chocolate Chips and Hershey’s Cocoa Powder to of course, the iconic Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates! There are so many different varieties of Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates, from the regular chocolate, to HUGS, to peppermint, mint truffle…the possibilities are endless, so go do some experimenting and start a new tradition with your family by baking up some sweet treats this holiday season!
Mint Truffle Kisses Surprise Cookies Recipe
- 3/4 cup vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon on baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 bag of Hershey’s Kisses Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat all ingredients EXCEPT flour and Hershey’s Kisses chocolates until you have a crumbly mixture.
- Add flour and beat at medium speed for about 30 seconds, until thoroughly combined.
- Scoop by rounded tablespoonfuls and wrap around a Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate, then place onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 9 minutes.
- NOTE: When you pull them out of the oven, they will NOT look “done” at all. They will be really light and dough-y. Do not put them back into the oven!! Let them sit on the cookie sheet for about a minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool. Once they begin to cool, you’ll notice them start to turn golden and firm up a lot.