Monday, October 26, 2015

Chocolate Pumpkin Kisses

These 4 ingredient (or 3 if you only want to use one type of Hershey Kiss) are super easy to make. I love cake mix cookies, and I love the ease of combining cake mix and pumpkin (and that's it!!) to make cookies. Once cooked, these cookies had a nice subtle pumpkin flavor and were really nice and chewy.


Firstly, you want to combine your cake mix and canned pumpkin. I used an electric mixer and it went really easily. I also used Betty Crocker's Triple Chocolate Fudge because it is by far my favorite type of boxed cake mix. I love the little chocolate chips in it and in my opinion, it really added to the cookie. 
Two main ingredients 
All mixed!
While my girls were busy licking the beaters, and with no egg it's totally acceptable, I got to work on the cookies. I used a #70 cookie dough scoop (see below picture), I think it's about a teaspoon of dough.
I dropped those onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I totally could have fit more on the baking sheet as the cookies didn't really spread, just puffed up. 
While the cookies were baking in a preheated 350 degree oven, I unwrapped some Hershey Kisses. For future reference, I would probably freeze some Hershey Kisses to keep them from completely melting when you put them in the cookies. I did this with my last batch and they came out much better than the first. 
Bake your cookies for about 9 minutes. They should resemble the below picture when done. 
Allow to cool for about a minute then place Hershey Kiss into the center of each cookie like below. 
Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. I was short on time, and space, so I also popped mine in the fridge to help harden the Kisses back up. Once the Kisses have re-hardened, place them in an airtight container.

1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 can pumpkin (not pie mix)
Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses *I used 24
Caramel Filled Hershey Kisses *I used 24

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin using electric mixer.
Place cookie dough using cookie dough scoop or teaspoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake for 9 minutes
Remove pan and cool for 1 minute. 
Press Kisses into center of cookie and place on cooling rack.
Cool completely and place in airtight container once Hershey Kisses have set.

These cookies got a "Delicious" from Craig's co-worker Jason, so I consider that a total success! They stayed super soft and chewy too. I would say that the Pumpkin Spice Kisses were a little bit better with the cookie (they gave them that extra oomph), but the Caramel filled ones were not that bad :) 
Cookie closeup of the inside of the cookie!!

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