MInt Chocolate Kiss Blossom Cookies are not only the cutest Christmas cookies around, they’re out of this world delicious! Anyone that loves mint and chocolate is going to fall in love with these melt in your mouth cookies topped with a big kiss!
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You guys! Have you seen a cuter Christmas cookie? I’m totally in love with these cookies!
The other day Branson texted me and asked me if I could make Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for him to share with his Algebra class. Apparently the class fell in love with those cookies when I made them for a party earlier in the year. Of course I could make them again, but it’s almost Christmas now and I’m ready to move on to all things mint!
I’d been dreaming about Mint Chocolate Kiss Blossom Cookies anyway, so I decided to make them for his class! Talk about a hit! They were in love! I’d be in love too if my algebra class sat around and ate goodies instead of graphing inequalities!
Like I said, I’d been dreaming of these cookies for a while. In my mind they were going to be perfect in every way! I whipped up the first batch and they were gorgeous, but dry, like fall apart in your mouth dry! And they tasted like toothpaste! Not dreamy!
So I played around with a few different recipes and created a new cookie, that come out of the oven flatter than a pancake! Not pretty!
I was determined to make the perfect mint blossom cookie! Giving up wasn’t an option! Thank goodness the third time was a charm!
They’re puffy, perfectly minty, and gorgeous! These cookies are dreamy!
Why should I use real butter in baking?
These cookies have powdered sugar in them and I’m in love with it! It makes the cookies almost taste like a cross between a shortbread cookie and a traditional cookie which is what makes them melt in your mouth!
Another important ingredient in making these cookies is REAL butter! I’m a dairy girl and think all baking should be done with REAL butter! There are a few reasons butter works best in baking.
- Have you noticed the ingredient list on the box of butter? It’s cream. That’s all! Just cream from real milk. Unless you buy salted butter, then it’s cream and salt. Still, you recognize those ingredients and feel safe eating them right?
- Some alternatives to butter contain less fat and more water. That’s going to affect the consistency and overall outcome of your baked goods. Stick with real butter for best results.
- There is nothing like the taste of real butter! There’s no comparison! It have the best flavor and can’t be matched by other products!
- For more information on benefits of butter, and how to fit it into a healthy diet, check out this post 9 Reasons We Think Butter is Better by Dairy Good.
Can I omit food coloring in cookies?
When I was in highschool my mom took me to a restaurant, not a fancy restraurant but not fast food. The waitress asked me if I’d like butter or margarine. My mom only bought real butter once a year, at Christmas. And she used it to make her famous pastries. Other than that I’d never tried butter.
I told the waitress I’d go ahead and stick with margarine. I’m not very adventerous when it comes to food. My mom looked at me like I was crazy, and instructed the waitress that I really wanted butter! I was in love! To be honest, I haven’t purchased a single cube of margarine since!
Butter is where it’s at! If you’re not in love already, you’ve got to trust me on this one! Butter from now on!
Who’s in love with that green color? Start with just a few drops of food coloring and add more from there. It’s easy to add more, but hard to take it out! I know there are folks out there that aren’t into consuming food coloring. If that’s you, simply leave it out. Obviously the cookies won’t be green, but they will taste exactly the same!
If you’d like you can roll cookie dough balls in granulated sugar. It adds a pretty texture to the cookies. Or you can leave it off if you don’t want to mess with the extra steps!
By the way, some of these pictures are from my first batch of cookies. They have cracks in them, which I think is actually kind of pretty, but not tasty! The photos with non cracked cookies are from the recipe I’m sharing with you. You can expect your cookies to look like that as long as you don’t over bake them!
When should I add a chocolate kiss to blossom cookies?
Food nerds like me like to read about questions like this! I can’t help myself and it will save you some time from having to research it yourself!
Remove cookies from the oven, let them sit for about 1-2 minutes. Then gently press a chocolate kiss into cookies. The chocolate will get a little soft, but not to worry. As long as you don’t touch it, it will hold it’s shape. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and finish cooling on a cooling rack. Completely cooled cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
Adding chocolate too soon will melt the kiss right away and it could make a mess. Waiting too long gives the cookies a chance to firm up a bit, then they crack when the kiss is added.
Cookies and milk are always a good snack!
It’s getting cold and dark here on the dairy and when my boys come in from working they are always starving! Their bodies must burn extra calories trying to stay warm in the winter, because I cannot keep them filled up.
I guess you could consider my boys to be cookie experts, and they think a glass of ice-cold milk is a must with these cookies …or The Best Chocolate Snickerdoodles, Coconut Cream Cookies, Mint Chip Sugar Cookies, No Bake Caramel Cookies, or any other cookie recipe!
What’s happening on the farm?
Speaking of cold weather I thought I’d show you how we take care of the cows when it’s cold.
The cows are bedded with fresh, dry straw every day. They lay on the straw for a clean bed. After milking they’re udders are coated in weather barrier coating. It helps keep their udders soft, and keeps them from getting chapped.
We are often asked how the cows do in the cold? They actually are happier in the cold, down to about -15 degrees, than in the heat of the summer. That thick coat of hair must keep them warm!
Our cows have babies all year long. We get calves 365 days a year. This little guy was born about a week ago.
On cold days they are moved to a warming house until they are dry and ready to go back outside. Some days are so cold they get little calf blankets to wear for awhile. And, there have been times when I’ve had baby calves in my house warming up by my fire! That doesn’t happen very often, but it has happened before and the kids LOVE it more than I do!
Grab the Mint Chocolate Kiss Blossom Cookies Recipe!
Be sure to pin this recipe for later! Be sure to add it to your list of Christmas cookies! These gorgeous green cookies are always a standout on goodie plates!
MInt Chocolate Kiss Blossom Cookies
- 10 Tbsp. butter softened
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp. peppermint mint extract use less if you like a less minty cookies
- 6-12 drops green food coloring
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 24 chocolate kisses
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, a silpat, or spray with nonstick baking spray.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, egg yold, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. Start with 6 drops of food coloring, mix until smooth. Gradually add more food coloring until desired color is reached.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
- Roll cookie dough in 1" balls. Place on cookie sheet.
- Bake 7-9 minutes. I bake my cookies for 8 minutes and it's perfect. Be sure not to over bake them or they will be dry.
- Remove cookies from oven. Let sit on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes. Gently, press chocolate kiss into tops of cookies. Move cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.