Recipe: Valentine Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies
These Valentine Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies are really quite good. They have such a deep chocolate flavor and the cookie is just slightly crispy on the outside but it is still soft enough to be bendable. These were an unexpected gem!
I found these cookies & cream hearts at a Walgreens and had to find some recipe to use them in I’ve been “kissing” things right and left if seems like these days. Any “kiss” cookie you can add a small peanut butter cup, chocolate, caramel covered chocolate of whatever. It’s so much fun to add these to a cookie.
Let me show you how to make these Valentine Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies I adapted from AllRecipes.
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Here are the ingredients: flour, unsweetened (dark) cocoa powder, baking soda, kosher salt, butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and chocolate candy.
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and adjust your oven racks to low and middle positions. Prepare your baking pan by using an ungreased cookie sheet, silicone, or parchment paper lined cookie sheet (CLICK HERE to learn the outcome for each option.)
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder…
…baking soda and salt.
Whisk to combine and set aside.
Add butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl.
With your mixer on medium speed, mix the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. This will take about 3-4 minutes.
You can also use a wooden spoon for this step; however be prepared to use A LOT of muscle to get to a fluffy stage. The key is to use softened butter. Just don’t melt the butter if you forget to leave the butter out for a few hours. It will completely mess up your cookie texture.
Add the eggs one at a time; mixing thoroughly after each egg.
Add in the vanilla extract and mix to combine again.
Next add in the flour mixture you set aside to the wet mixture. You can either add it in one cup at a time or gently mix with a mixer or wooden spoon. Or you can do it like me. I am impatient and put it all in and gently pulse my stand mixer (I haven’t tried this with a hand-mixer yet.) If you gently pulse the switch, it works every time and doesn’t over-mix.
The general rule when mixing cookie dough or cake/muffin batter is to mix until just about all of the flour – but not all – is incorporated. You can mix by hand any remaining flour.
Roll the cookie dough into balls that are about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
Then roll them in granulated sugar and place them on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9-11 minutes.
Place an unwrapped cookies & cream candy heart (OR a standard chocolate kiss or whatever chocolate candy you want) in the center of each cookie while still hot. Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie pan for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. If you live in a cold climate like I do, set them outside for 20-30 minutes until the chocolate has set (you can also refrigerate if you have room in your fridge). The candy will melt when it meets the hot cookie, so placing it a cooled setting is important. And leave them be until they are set up hard again, otherwise you’ll have a mess.
Just look at how rich and chewy these look! These are very decadent. You have to give these Valentine Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies a try!
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
The cookie dough can be frozen after mixed, after you scoop and roll the cookie dough (freeze dough balls solid – minus the rolling in sugar – on a baking sheet before adding to a zip-top freezer bag) OR after they are baked and cooled. It’s a great thing to prepare quickly for drop-in guests.
If you try this recipe for Valentine Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies, please COMMENT below. I want to hear your results!
Enjoy the comfort of food!
PS: If you see mistakes (i.e., spelling errors or inconsistencies in the recipe), please tell me right away. I appreciate any help I can get!