Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Kisses

I made cookies today! Isn’t that crazy? I don’t really like to bake.  Ok… maybe sometimes.

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Well, ok, fine if you count pizza dough as baking then I guess I do a good bit.

But, seriously, I don’t love to bake sweets, but this time I did because it benefits Susan G. Koman Cook for the Cure. The wonderful ladies at BeBetsy asked me to participate, and sent me the beautiful plate that I will now be passing on to Sunny from And Love It Too!

My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor and my mother had to have a breast biopsy in the past (which turned out to be a benign cyst). There is not a single woman – including me – that doesn’t need to be consistently doing self breast exams and getting regular GYN check ups. For a good self exam lesson click here.

Who says I’m not informative?

Anyway, these are crazy good cookies. The same day I got the plate in the mail, I stumbled across a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses at Publix and they inspired me. Who thought of that? I thought the whole candy cane kiss idea was really thinking outside the box.

Keep in mind I’m not a big pumpkin fan overall, but these are good. I’m really proud of how they turned out…and they don’t have jalapenos in them!

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Kisses

Inspired by Mrs. Field’s Pumpkin Harvest Cookies, makes about 24 cookies

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 package Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, about 24, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 300°. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda in a mixing bowl; set aside. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for about 30 seconds, then add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until thoroughly incorporated.

Drop by rounded tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until set. Immediately top each cookie with a kiss.

Transfer to a rack to cool.

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    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Diana

    I tried making these but they came out flat. I thought the dough seemed a little wet and sugary. I tried adjusting baking soda, then finally added flour for the very last batch and made a bar like item.

    I double and triple-checked the recipe. I even got an irritating comment from my husband if I had followed it. After that, I decided to look at the inspired cookie. I saw that the flour was 2 1/4 cups for that recipe. I feel like I wasted a lot of time and food making these flat odd sweets, and am upset about the error.

    1. Dixie Chik

      Thank you Diana for letting me know; it was a typo. I’m so glad you pointed it out and I apologize for your frustration! I have made the adjustment in the recipe.

      1. Diana

        Wow that was fast, thanks!

        The recipe was also posted on Tasty Kitchen where another baker experienced the same issue, so you might want to change it there, too.

        The taste on the flatties is alright, actually, even though they look weird and were tough to cool.

        I’m glad I salvaged the batter with more flour and made bars. One twist is that I slightly melted the kisses in the microwave and spread them on the bars like a frosting. They taste even better.

        Thanks again,


  2. Christin@FortMillSCLiving

    Thanks for the reminder about doing breast exams 🙂
    I almost picked up a bag of those pumpkin spice kisses at Target today and now I really wish I had. Your cookies look delicious!

    1. Dixie Chik

      Glad you found them – I’ve been asked so much about them.Let me know if you make the kisses!

  3. Sharon and Denise

    Love your cookies. Of course we do you are the master baker, chef, spice-loving cool Chik!

    Thank you so much for your support and for participating in this great cause. XO Hugs!

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