Dec 2, 2012

Candy Cane Cake Batter Cookies

I just love holiday baking, don't you? Candy canes have always reminded me of my childhood Christmas. I remember my mother would buy the boxes of candy canes and we would hang them on the tree. For a month straight, I would occasionally sneak a candy cane off the tree as a treat. Funny how the littlest things remind us of our childhood, huh? Well, I wanted to bring a little of that childhood back to life, and into my holiday baking! Once a year, Hershey's sells the candy cane kisses, a perfect little addition to my cake batter cookies!

Candy Cane Cake Batter Cookies
makes 24 cookies
1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cake mix
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk
24 candy cane Hershey's kisses

Preheat your oven to 375 f degrees. Beat together your softened butter and sugar using an electric mixer until well combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, almond, and mix thoroughly. Add 3 tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. Chill dough for one hour. Roll out dough and cut with a circle cookie cutter (about 1.5 in diameter). Place one Hershey's candy cane kiss in the middle of each cookie and roll in to a ball. Place onto a baking sheet. I like to use a rubber baking mat so that the bottoms don't burn. Bake your cookies for 11 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!