Secret Kiss Snowball Cookies

It’s day two of my Week of Christmas Treats and I’m super excited about today’s recipe. Chocolate and mint are like the Christmas version of peanut butter and jelly. A match made — in the North pole. 🙂

A few weeks ago, I asked readers what their must-have holiday cookie is each year. The question had a bit of an ulterior motive, as I was looking for some more ideas for this week of cookies. Melissa, over at I Was Born to Cook, said that her must-have cookie is Hidden Kisses. I was intrigued, and filed the idea away. It must have been what I was thinking of when I impulsively bought a bag of Mint Truffle Kisses at the store the next day. Then last week Nikki, from Pennies on a Platter, shared a similar cookie, but with a chocolate cookie base. I just knew the chocolate version would be a perfect match for my Mint Truffle Kisses.

I was right, the pairing was awesome. Like an Andes Mint cookie. Mine did spread a little more than Nikki’s, but once they were rolled in powdered sugar it didn’t matter. Knowing that Jesse prefer chocolate/peanut butter, I also surprised him by using Reese’s cups in a few of the cookies instead. He seemed to think those were the bomb, but also was a fan of the mint truffle cookies. Personally, for this season I prefer the mint. 🙂

 

 

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

There are the people that love oatmeal raisin cookies. Then there are the people that love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. But is it possible for these two loves to join together and form one super cookie? I think it is.

When I travel, I like to bring along some sweets to munch on. For my latest journey I packed a bag of Reeses Pieces and bag of Raisinets. They feed you so much on international flights that I didn’t finish either bag (probably better for my waistline anyway!). When I finally started to settle in to the apartment and unpack my bags (including the pounds of baking supplies I bought at Costco) I came across the half full bag of Raisinets. That’s when the cookie idea crept into my mind.

I’m not sure a regular oatmeal cookie will ever taste quite the same again. The combination of sweet and subtly spicy cookie with the chocolate and raisin pieces was just like a flavor explosion in my mouth. A real win!

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup Raisinets or any brand chocolate covered raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions
In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the oats, Raisinets, and chocolate chips, stir to combine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown. Leave the cookies on the sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.

*I cut the recipe in half but I’ve included the ingredient list for the whole amounts, because I think you’re going to want the extra cookies!

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen