Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Peppermint Orange Thumbprint Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
2 1/2 cups flour

1 (10 oz) bag Hershey®’s Kisses® Candy Cane flavored, unwrapped

Heat oven to 350º F. In a large bowl and with an electric mixer cream the butter, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest until fluffy. Stir in the flour. Roll dough into 63 balls and place on two ungreased baking sheets (cookies will not expand). With your thumb press gently into the center of each dough ball forming an indent. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done. Quickly press a candy cane Hershey Kiss into the center of each hot cookie. Then, transfer immediately to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool until chocolate is re-set. Store in an airtight container.

Yields: 63 cookies

*As a child I loved sticking candy canes into oranges and through a lot of effort eventually sucking orange juice out of the orange through the candy cane. It takes a lot of sucking but eventually you create a straw with the candy cane. The combination of orange and peppermint is festive and somewhat refreshing. Enjoy!


Sarah said...

wow. I'd never thought of that. You were even creative as a child! (I guess it makes sense. :) ) I need to try these!!!

Amber said...

Yumm. and oh so pretty!

Jana and Brett said...

ooo! need to try these! Thanks!! :0)

Leona said...

I've got to hand it to you, you really are one of the most creative people I know. Thanks for all of the good ideas. I'm definitely trying these. Mint and orange are two of my favorite flavors, but it never occurred to me to try them together!

Rachelle said...

I LOVE sucking oranges through candy canes! I've only done it a few times, however, because it takes so much effort. These cookies will be the perfect holiday fix for my orange+candy cane cravings! Thanks for the delicious idea.