They are so delicious, totally worth the weeks I waited for Target to start selling Pumpkin Spice Kisses.
I contemplated buying the candy on Amazon, but seriously $6.50 for something sold in stores for $2.99 is robbery. Since I knew I’d only find them at Target, I stocked up and bought 4 bags. Each bag has enough kisses for two batches of cookies, plus some sampling along the way because they are delicious!
Here’s the recipe for Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints from Pass the Sushi (adapted from the Curvy Carrot). Her pictures are superior to my iPhone snapshot, so feel free to head over there to drool.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered chai concentrate (I used 1 1/2 packets of the Oregon Chai mix)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tea vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat because that’s what I had)
- 1/2 tea baking soda
- 1/8 tea salt
- 1/2 tea chai spice mix
- 22-24 Pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses
Let me start by saying the chai spice mix involves cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. I keep all of those, except the cardamom, on hand for regular baking. When I was at the store I nearly fainted at the $13 price tag under the bottle of ground cardamom! They didn’t have a smaller bottle, so I splurged and now have a ridiculous amount of a spice I rarely use. Everyone is getting homemade chai mix for Christmas! The point being, don’t be crazy like me, just use what you have. If you have pumpkin pie spice, use that, the powdered chai concentrate will give you the flavor you need.
The cookies have your standard preparation:
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until combined. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt and chai concentrate and chai spice (original recipe says to sprinkle on top, I mixed it in). Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat oven to 325.
The dough was a little crumbly for me, but using your hands softens the butter enough for the balls to held together nicely. Line your baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment. Bake for 12-15 minutes. While cookies are baking unwrap your kisses and throw them in the freezer. Eat a few to make sure they’re not poisoned. Leia ate two, declaring “I taste it mama.” She’s such a rockstar helping me cook, but that’s another post.
When the cookies start to crack a little and look matte, they’re done. Press down a chilled kiss onto each cookie. Now comes the hard part – don’t touch them! They need a while to set so the kiss doesn’t melt everywhere. Although I guess that’s not a bad thing? I put the cookies on cooling racks in the fridge.
They are so darn good I’ve made 3 batches now! These are definitely going on my list of cookies to bake as gifts during the holidays too. If pumpkin kisses aren’t available, the caramel center kisses would probably be amazing as well.