Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chai Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I love fall. I love the colors, cool weather, decorating, and especially baking! What better way to start it off than with Chai Pumpkin Spice Cookies? Apple and pumpkin desserts are the best and my absolute favorite. I saw these cookies on Pinterest months ago and could not wait to make them!
The past couple of months have been pretty crazy...planning for the big day and moving into a new house has kept us pretty busy. I finally had some time to put these cookies together and they were totally worth the wait! I looked for Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses everywhere and ended up finding them at Target. They only sell them at the very beginning of the season, so make sure you get them soon!

Chai Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
22-24 Pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Position the cookie rack in the middle of the oven and cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a stand mixer, add the melted butter, vanilla, half of the cake mix, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and ground cardamom and mix until blended and smooth. Add the rest of the cake mix and beat until just combined.

3. Using a mini cookie scoop (or two teaspoons), drop dollops of dough onto the parchment about an inch-and-a-half apart.

4. Bake cookies a sheet at a time for 9 to 12 minutes or until the edges look set and the top looks barely set when touched. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately place pumpkin kisses in the center of each cookie. Don’t touch or the kisses will turn into puddles! Cool completely.