Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chocolate Blossoms

I have started my Christmas baking a couple of weekends ago. Decided not to wait until the last minute to do everything this year!


Made Bake at 350 Chocolate Blossoms cookies today. Mmmmmmmmm! Had one before I put them in the freezer and oh my they are good!!


I didn't use peppermint as I am not a big fan - I used almond extract instead. I also love the look of the cookies with powdered sugar instead of regular sugar.


Chocolate Blossoms
from bakeat350

1 and 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)

1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into chunks
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (used almond extract)
1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling
Hershey's Kisses (used chocolate rosettes)

Line cookie sheets with parchment. Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and extracts, beating until combined and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Gradually, add the flour mixture, beating on low just until combined. The mixture will be very sticky.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Use a teaspoon cookie scoop (or a spoon) to scoop generous teaspoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Place the powdered sugar on a plate.
Gently roll each ball of dough through the powdered sugar until coated. Place back on the cookie sheet.  
Bake for 12 minutes, until puffed and crinkly. (Meanwhile, unwrap the Kisses.)

 Remove from the oven and immediately press a Hershey's Kiss on top of each hot cookie. Press firmly, so that it doesn't pop off. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.



Nicki said...

These look fabulous. I have so missed visiting with you and drooling over your baked confections.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh I knew I shouldn't have come over here! Those look SO yummy! (And I didn't know they were called chocolate blossoms.)