January 26, 2013

Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies




It's almost Valentine's Day!  So, have you made some sweet treats for your sweetie yet?  I've whipped up these totally adorable Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies.  Aren't they cute?

But I have a confession to make ...

I didn't make these for my sweetie.

No.  I shared the love of these tasty little cookies with someone else.  But it's okay, and my sweetie is okay with it.

See, I have a new baking project.  For me The Kitchen is My Playground has always been about more than cooking, baking, and writing about it.  It's also an opportunity to do something I love ... cook & bake ... that I would do no matter what ... and turn it into an opportunity to give back to the community.  Even if it's in just a small way.

And so I began this newest baking project back in October, and have continued with a new sweet treat each month since.

Who is the recipient of my confections, you ask?  Well, it's not just one person ... it's the group of children in residence at a place simply known as The Shelter, ... our local battered women's shelter.  The Shelter strives to empower victims of domestic violence by providing emergency shelter, advocacy, and support on their journey to an abuse free life.  And in so doing, at any given time, they are typically providing shelter to about 20 children.

I am happy to share this tiny token of love with these children.


For this month's treat, I was specifically asked to make Valentine cookies.  No problem there ... I was definitely game for that!  So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this sprinkle-covered adaptation of the classic peanut butter blossom cookie.  But with chocolate.  'Cause in my book, chocolate beats peanut butter any day.

I got myself ready with unwrapped Hershey Hugs and Kisses and an assortment of pretty Valentine sprinkles, ...



... whipped up some tasty chocolate cookie dough, rolled the dough into balls, and coated each ball completely in sprinkles.


Then I just baked them up and popped a Kiss (or Hug ... but the Kisses work better) in the center of each one.



So cute!  I just love how fun they look in a group with all the different sprinkles.


Now, Hugs taste just great in these cookies, but they tend to melt into little pools of zebra stripes instead of staying intact like the Kisses do.  See?

It's a cool look ... but just wanted to make you aware of the melting.  You know, full disclosure and all.


Whatever your Valentine's plans, I wish you and those in your heart the blessings of many sweet treats.  Happy Valentine's Day!  And, ... share the love.


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Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies
Source:  Concept inspired by classic peanut butter blossom cookies; chocolate dough adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Ingredients
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 c. assorted Valentine sprinkles
  • 25 to 30 Hershey Kisses or Hugs candies, unwrapped
Directions
  1. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  4. Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in sprinkles, completely covering the dough ball with sprinkles. Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. With your thumb, gently press down into the center of each ball just slightly to make a very small indentation. Chill the baking sheet of dough balls in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.
  6. After removing cookies from the oven, immediately place a Hershey Kiss or Hug in the center of each cookie. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes, remove to a cooling rack to cool.
Makes approximately 25 to 30 cookies.

69 comments:

  1. What a nice thing to do to help brighten those kids' day!.These are super duper cute! I think I'm going to have to make some of these this weekend with some of my valentines sprinkles.

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  2. cute chociiis......My Valentine's day wishes to u & to "The Shelter". :)

    Helen
    http://myworldmyhome2012.blogspot.in

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  3. very colorful recipe! these kisses looks scrumptious!

    I'm a new follower, I just discovered your blog and read some of your latest recipes, they're all yummy!

    Michela @ www.cook-alaska.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thank you for becoming a follower, Michela! So glad to have you here.

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  4. Think I'll have to make these for the next dance competition...kids would love them!

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  5. You're an inspiration Tracey! These are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Dorothy! You're pretty inspiring yourself. :-)

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  6. Love these cookies! Great idea!

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  7. Those are adorable!!! The sprinkles look so cute on the cookies. Great idea. I might try these and use the dove heart chocolates instead of kisses! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These are absolutely darling and what a wonderful way to give back to your community, I'm sure it means a lot to those kids. I've taken treats I make from my blog to a soup kitchen...it's a great thing.

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  9. These are perfect! I'm in long distance relationship and I'd love to send these to my boyfriend! :)

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  10. These cookies are so cute, and perfect for Valentine's Day. That's so sweet of you to share your cookies with The Shelter.

    I had the same experience with Hugs at Christmas and peppermint zebra striped cookies. Great idea to add the sprinkles:)

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  11. These are so cute! Is there an easy way to print the recipe?

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    1. There's a little green 'print-friendly' button at the bottom of each post ... give that a 'click' and it'll help you out with that. Enjoy!

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  12. Your cookie idea is so cute, and the reason behind their creation is an inspiration. I think I'll try the cookies, and try to include in packages being sent to our troops overseas. Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Oh, wow! ... love that you prepare packages for our troops overseas. YOU are an inspiration!

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  13. Perfect and lovely cookies....so cute...amazing clicks...
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  14. What a good baker you are and sure the shelter is happy to see you arrive. Your little cookies are cute. Andi thewednesdaybaker

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  15. Oh they are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! We would like to invite you to share as many of your ideas as you would like at our link party. It starts tomorrow (Thursday) 1/31/13 and goes through Tuesday each week. We hope to see you there!
    Thank you!
    Joye & Myrna
    thebusybhive.blogspot.com

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  16. The sprinkles put this over the top! Pinned!

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    1. Sprinkles just make ya happy, don't they? Thanks so much for the Pin, Diana!

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  17. These are way cute & I'm sure incredibly yummy too!! Pinning..thanks for sharing! ;)

    -Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  18. I've been looking for the perfect Valentines Cookies recipe and I think I just found it :) Saw your link over at This Gal Cooks link party.

    I'd love for you to stop by and link up a few of your favorite recipes this weekend @The Weekend re-Treat. The party starts Friday morning!

    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

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  19. I love this idea! I love all your sprinkle options! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party-5/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  20. How good for you! I love that these aren't just fun and festive but for others, too.

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  21. Found your recipe from Rattlebridge Farm. They are absolutely yummy!

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  22. These cookies are super cute, and I love the fact that you made them for a local women's shelter. I'd love it if you would share these at my Saturday Spotlight linky party. :) http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-2-features/

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  23. oh my... YUM. How fun for Valentines Day!! I hope you'll come share at my New Super Saturday Show & Tell Party today :) You're awesome and I love your mad cooking skills! xoxo~ Ruthie http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

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  24. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #60!

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    1. Thank you popping over and letting me know about the feature, Sarah! I'll be right over to party!! :-)

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  25. These are beautiful! Had to pin them. Found you on the PPP party!

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  26. These are awesome! And who doesn't love sprinkles?! I love this alternative to the peanut butter blossoms.

    I'd love for you to share this at my weekend link party. Hope to see you there!

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  27. Chocolate cookies, kisses, and sprinkles. Can't go wrong.
    I'm having a Valentine link party going on now and would love you to link up.

    The link is:

    http://homastyle.com/wp/2013/01/30/valentine-link-party/

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  28. What a great Valentine Cookie. Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  29. Just featured these yummies at cowgirl up, so come by the ranch, and grab a featured button!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Anita! I so appreciate you stopping back by to let me know. I'm on my way over to the ranch!

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  30. These are the most amazing looking cookies! Every time I see the pictures I just stop and stare! And the reason behind the cookies is so sweet...you are definitely an inspiration to me!!! Thank you!!

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  31. I found you on Trick or treat Tuesday's! These are the cutest Valentine Cookies so far! You did a great job! I have pinned these little darlings!

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  32. I am in charge of the Valentine's Day treat for my 2nd grader, and these look perfect! They are gorgeous!

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  33. Okay, Tracey, I have printed out this recipe. These are so cute. My husband loves Hershey Hugs and so do all my grandchildren. I like the dark chocolate Kisses best, so I guess I'll make some of both! Thanks for this recipe. Your blog is great!

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  34. P.S. I have signed up to follow you on Google friends.

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  35. I love these! I found these on pinterest and I am definitely making them for my son's 1st grade Valentine's day party. I make the peanut butter blossoms every year for Christmas, and have had so many 'melted puddles' I've learned to POP THE KISSES IN THE FREEZER FOR 10 MIN PRIOR TO PUTTING THEM ON HOT COOKIES. Trust me- works every time :)

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for the freezer tip, Debbye. I will definitely try that next time. Hope your little 1st graders enjoy the cookies!

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  36. Thank you so much for visiting Homa Style and linking your Valentine cookies. Almost too pretty to eat...almost!
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Remember to visit again on the last Wednesday of February for the Inspire Me link party.

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  37. I just tried these last night and they were a huge hit. I love it when a recipe turns out just like the picture, and these definitely did. And they were delicious to boot! Thanks very much.

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  38. just made these...doubled the recipe...put kisses in fridge while the cookies baked....turned out perfect!!! Had to try one (of course) and delish!!!

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  39. Gotta tell you, I mixed up a batch of this cookie dough last night and took it out our the fridge this morning. My 4 yr. old grand daughter, whom I keep every week day while Mama works, and I had a ball making these cookies. We used only hugs and used multi-color sprinkles. They are delicious and when Mama came by to pick her up, she and my other daughter, who had also stopped by took home to share with the rest of family. They truly are good. Thanks again!

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    1. So fun, Lynn! I love that you and your grand daughter had such a great time making these together. Thank you so much for stopping back by and sharing this!

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  40. I made these--and a vanilla version using Biscoff--for my daughter's Valentine's Day party and they were a huge hit. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Thanks for sharing!! These cookies are so cute! I will be making these for sure!

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  42. I mixed this up today but haven't baked it yet. Quick question--there isn't anything in the dough to make it rise--such as baking soda. Do they raise anyway? Do you not need that in the cookie dough?

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    1. Hi, Kristi! Yes, they'll rise the amount they need to just fine. Enjoy!!

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    2. Thanks. I was just wondering about that. I think they are just the cutest cookies for Valentine's Day! Can't wait to bake them and share them!

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  43. So pretty! I love these. I am making them tomorrow to share with my daughter's basketball team. Great sweet treat for a pizza party.

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  44. OMG!!!
    Cookies with Kisses.
    Sounds Interesting.
    Thanks for Sharing.

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  45. I noticed their is no baking powder in this recipe.

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  46. I made these for a work pitch in today and they went over SO well. Plus, they tasted delicious. I made half of the batch with different sprinkles, and the other half plain. they were so easy to make, too. Two thumbs up from me!

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  47. This recipe is great! Just made them for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately the kisses melted into a puddle, but hey, it all tastes the same!

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