Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Blossoms

I love peanut butter blossom cookies (who doesn't) and I've always liked to experiment with the cookie-hershey's combination. In honor of Thanksgiving, these cinnamon cookies are rolled in pecans and topped with a festive turkey-feather-esque design. Aren't they adorable? :)

1/2c Butter (softened)
1/2c Brown Sugar
1/3c Sugar
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla
1.5tsp Cinnamon
1/2tsp Baking Powder
1/4tsp Salt
1.5c Flour
Pecan Chips
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses
Red and Yellow Wilton Candy Melts

OVEN: 350F
BAKE: 11-13min
YIELD: 2 Dozen 

1. In a standing mixer, combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.

2. Add in egg, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

3. Slowly mix in flour until incorporated. Place in the fridge for about an hour.

4. While the cookies are chilling, unwrap your hershey's kisses and set aside. I also ground my pecan chips up in a food processor for about a minute to make sure they were nice and small to better cover the cookies. 

5. To make the turkey toppers: I free-handed the design on a piece of parchment paper using Wilton candy melts and a candy piping bottle. I did the red chocolate first and then the yellow, making sure that the chocolate over lapped so it would stick together. It is very important that you make the feathers kind of thick (so it won't break) and that you put a point at the bottom of the feathers which will help you firmly insert them into the cookie. Pop in the freezer until you're ready to use them.

Don't judge me, I know they're kind of crazy looking (haphazard even?)
6. Once the cookies are cool, let them sit for about five minutes on the counter, and then roll them into small 1-inch balls with your hands, then roll the cookie in the pecan pieces and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

7. Bake the cookies and then immediately press a hershey's kiss firmly into the center of the cookie.

It is very important that you let the cookies cool for at least one hour. If you try and put the feathers on beforehand the cookie is too hot and will melt the chocolate too much. 

8. When the cookies are ready, gently press the feathers into the backside of the hershey's kiss. It should slide in pretty easily. Then pop them in the freezer for about twenty minutes and you're all set!

I know this seems kind of labor intensive, so forgo the feathers if you want, these cookies are pretty tasty all on their own!

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