I bought these Candy Cane Hershey Kisses about a month ago just because they were so darn cute. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I knew it would involve cookies. Not wanting to go with the recipe on the back of the package (nothing against it I promise) I tucked them aside in the pantry until I decided their fate, and oh what a sweet one it was.
Last weekend I bought my first ever bottle of eggnog. I had never tried this concoction before, I've admittedly been too afraid but I was ready to take that step. I love it, well I love the flavor of it...the thickness though is just a little off putting. My thoughts immediately following the first glass was this would be perfect in some sort of baked good. It's thick and creamy and so flavorful...cookies, perfect.
One day I was just checking in on one of my favorite girls and followed a link to a cookie contest...just because she told me to. It was only until I ready the title that I knew, right then that my candy cane kisses and my eggnog were going to be joined together in one heck of a sweet treat, for Santa of course! So after
drooling reading through Tongue N Cheeky I decided I was going for it, I was going to make this special cookie just for the big guy.
Eggnog Candy Cane Cookies
I feel sort of guilty because this is such an easy recipe...and I cheated (thanks Betty) but it turned out so good that I couldn't not share it with all of you.
Also, I got about 3 dozen cookies out of this but I only kissed half of them, so adjust the peppermint kiss amount to your desires!
2 oz. Neufchâtel (or regular cream cheese), softened
1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter, softened
2/3 C eggnog
36 Candy Cane Kisses (more or less depending on how many you want to kiss)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Beat all ingredients in a large bowl until very well combined. Drop by rounded teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1-2 inches aparts.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges start to turn brown (don't under cook these, blech).
Remove from oven. Cool in pan on wire rack 2 minutes, then place one candy cane kiss in the center of each cookie. Let cool completely on the pan on a wire rack.