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Chocolate Orange Blossoms

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I have never made blossom cookies before and now I’m wondering where they’ve been all my life. I’ve seen them but never had one, so I knew what they were. Classic blossoms are peanut butter in flavor but I was making these for a school party and didn’t want any nuts or nut products.

Since many people associate orange with the holidays, I decided to add a bit of orange zest to the batter for that hint of citrus. You know the orange is there but it’s not overwhelming at all. I must say that blossom cookies are a favorite for many folks. I have never made them before but have enjoyed them on occasion.

Sometimes when you mess with a classic it’s a fail. Not this time. The orange is a win. I do want to share a tip. Before you put the first batch in the oven unwrap all of the kisses. A good task for kids, by the way. When you gently press the kiss into the cookie you want it to be warm so the kiss will melt into the cookie a bit making it stick. Unwrapping the kisses is not something you want to be doing as the cookies come out of the oven.

Chocolate Orange Blossoms

Chocolate Orange Blossoms

Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A classic flavor combination.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Sugar for rolling
  • 48 milk chocolate Hershey Kisses

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, shortening and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add orange peel, vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, using a scoop, roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Immediately top each cookie with a Hershey Kiss, pressing firmly so cookie gently cracks around edges. Remove fro cookie sheets to cooling racks to cool completely.

Notes

Adapted from Pillsbury Best Cookie Cookbook

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Fire up the oven, soften the butter and let's bake for the holiday.

Chocolate orange blossoms are a delicious update to an old classic.

Angela Death

Saturday 23rd of December 2017

Sounds yummy. I'll have to try this at some point.

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

How have you made it this long without making blossoms?! I do love the orange twist. I can't wait to try them this way!

Cindy Kerschner

Monday 11th of December 2017

Orange is a great flavor choice. I'm one that forgets things like unwrapping the kisses first. great reminder.

Wendy Klik

Monday 11th of December 2017

I love that you changed up the peanut butter for orange. YUM

Traci The Kitchen Girl

Monday 11th of December 2017

I loooove chocolate and orange together! Need to try this recipe...thanks for sharing!

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