Pumpkin Spice Kiss Blossoms

 
You know those delicious peanut butter cookies with the milk chocolate kiss pressed in the middle? Well, here is a FALL inspired version! The Pumpkin Spice Kisses were an impulse buy (that’s what happens when you go grocery shopping hungry!) that I thought would be SO cute featured in a blog post. The cookies taste like a snickerdoodle, and the pumpkin spice kiss is the perfect complement to them. I added the spices I had on hand in my cupboard, so feel free to adjust to your taste. Do follow the advice about freezing the kisses though…they melt pretty easily! 
 
 
Based on this great recipe from Bakergirl. 
 
1 package Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Sugar and spice (and everything nice) for rolling
½ cup granulated sugar 
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Unwrap some pumpkin spice Kisses and put them in the freezer to get them nice and cold.

Mix together the sugar and spices for rolling the cookies in later and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combines.

Shape the dough into tablespoon sized balls. Roll them in your prepared sugar mixture. Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until tops start to crack and bottom is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let them cool 3 to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer the cookies to a plate. Push one of the frozen kisses into the middle of the cookie. Put the plate of cookies right into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes so the kisses don’t melt!

Look at that sugar sparkle!

See, the kiss gets slightly melty!

Om nom.

Enjoy!
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