Hershey’s Kiss cookies are an absolute holiday staple at our house, they’re one of the cookies we make every year, so I was totally excited when I heard about the Hershey’s Kiss Ultimate Cookie Exchange Party. You can enter for your chance to host one of 1,000 Hershey’ Kisses Chocolates Cookie Exchange Parties this December. Don’t wait to enter, the contest closes November 15th.
I also have some really yummy looking Hershey’s Kiss Cookie and Treat recipes with a twist below to share with you. You can visit the Hershey’s Kisses Cookies website for more mouth watering holiday cookie recipes and yummy holiday desserts and treats.
Midnight Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Cups
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa or Hershey’s Cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Chocolate Filling (recipe follows)
- Whipped topping or sweetened whipped cream
- 42 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolates, unwrapped and divided
- Heat oven to 350°F. Paper or foil line 30 small (1-3/4 inch diameter) muffin cups.
- Beat butter and shortening in medium bowl until fluffy. Beat in sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into butter mixture, blending well.
- Drop rounded teaspoonful of dough into each prepared muffin cup. Using back of spoon, push dough up sides of muffin cup forming crater in cup. (If you are having difficulty with this step, refrigerate pans for about 10 minutes and then continue.) Prepare Chocolate Filling; evenly divide into muffin cups. (Cups will be very full.)
- Bake 15 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, top each cheesecake cup with whipped topping rosette and chocolate piece. 30 dessert cups.
Chocolate Filling: Beat 2 packages (3 oz. ea.) softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until well blended. Beat in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place 12 chocolates in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolates are melted and smooth when stirred. Cool slightly, blend into cheesecake batter.
Recipe makes 30 dessert cups.
Double Kisses Truffles
- 28 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons whipping cream
- 10 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates filled with Caramel
- 1 cup ground pecans
- Remove wrappers from milk chocolates. Place milk chocolates and whipping cream in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at Medium 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolates are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm.
- Remove wrappers from caramel filled milk chocolates. Using about 1 tablespoon of milk chocolate mixture for each truffle, shape chocolate around each caramel chocolate piece; roll in hand to make ball. (Be sure to cover each chocolate piece completely.) Roll in pecans; refrigerate until ready to serve. For best chocolate flavor, allow truffles to soften at room temperature about 5 minutes before eating.
Recipe makes ten truffles.
Even if you don’t win Hershey’s Ultimate Exchange Cookie Party you can host your own cookie exchange party this holiday season, they’re tons of fun!
Here are some tips from Hershey’s for planning a successful cookie exchange party yourself.
- Remind each guest of the total number of guests, and ask each to bring one dozen cookies for everyone. If the group is large, consider reducing this quantity to a half-dozen – more than 10 dozen cookies may overwhelm some guests.
- Encourage all participants to bring plenty of printed recipe copies so the recipe exchange can begin, along with an empty, sealable container to take home new treats.
- For a festive touch, play a favorite holiday CD during the party and display a set of holiday gift tags and pens so guests may label their goodies.
- Be sure to offer refreshments, but keep it simple. Consider making something the night before that can be reheated for the party. Plan to serve a holiday beverage, such as hot Hershey’s® Cocoa or warm apple cider, along with standard beverages such as coffee, tea, juice and milk.
- For added fun, turn the cookie exchange into a cookie gifting party. Set out gift tags, gift bags, ribbons, and festive Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates wrapped in holiday-colored foils, and invite guests to make sweet gifts for co-workers, neighbors, teachers and friends.
- Have guests vote for “The Cookie Santa Can’t Refuse” or “Most Decorative Cookie,” and award prizes to each winner.
- Supply extra plastic bags or containers for guests to transport their cookies home. There are bound to be some participants who forget to bring their own.
- For a perfect party favor, consider asking guests to provide their recipes in advance, and print them out on festive paper to compile homemade recipe books.
- Additional cookie exchange tips are available at KissesCookies.com.
Images tips and recipes courtesy of Hershey’s