Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

Oh boy, have I been holding out on you. Pause, now re-read that last sentence with a liiittle more enthusiasm. Because I’m not lying and the moment I saw these Pumpkin Spice Kisses, I just had to have them. (Then I got them home and had to figure out what to make with them).

After a little debate, my answer was to plop those suckers down into the middle of a chai flavored thumbprint cookie. Inspired by those delicious chai cupcakes last year, and some of the ingredients from that recent chai pie, I knew these would come together nicely.


And come together nicely they did.

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints



Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and cream at medium speed until fluffy, or with a hand mixer, for about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, chai concentrate, and the vanilla, mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Using your hands, roll the dough into 22 to 24 1 inch round balls. Place the dough balls on parchment paper lined baking sheets and sprinkle chai spice mix lightly over cookies.

Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap kisses.

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.

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So mix up the classic pumpkin pie at your Thanksgiving feast this year and throw these bad boys on the table instead.

In the mean time, check out the other inspiration from the rest of the gang participating in the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies – then panic because we are only five more weeks out until the big day.


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  1. GenkiFox says

    Made these for the holidays. The husband liked them, though I thought they were bland. The kisses also didn’t push into the dough; it seemed tough. Reading some of the other comments perhaps I over cooked them a bit. Probably won’t make again, sorry.

  2. niki says

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but do you mix the concentrate as if making a chai drink? Or just put in the dry powder itself?

  3. Tiffany Hoskinson says

    I have had this recipe pinned for over a year- I never found the kisses last year:( I read all the comments and made one adjustment of my own. First: I wasn’t paying attention and I dumped the spice I was supposed to sprinkle into the batter. :/ I froze the dough balls and kisses. I rolled the frozen dough balls in brown sugar and spice mix. I baked the frozen dough balls approximately 12 minutes. I unwrapped the kisses while they were baking and returned them to the freezer. I moved the cookies to a rack and used a wine cork to make a “thumbprint.” Then I took the kisses out of the freezer and placed them in the wine cork thumbprints. They are cooling now, they don’t look like yours because of the sugar on the outside but my husband is waiting impatiently for them to cool. :)

  4. Allison says

    Did anyone have trouble finding the kisses this year? (2013). I wasn’t able to find them in the grocery stores or target. So upset I couldn’t give this recipe a try.

  5. Elizabeth says

    I happened to find the Hershey Pumpkin Spice Kisses on clearance at my Target store after Halloween for $0.89 a bag! My initial thought was to replace the peanut butter blossom cookie kisses with the pumpkin spice ones. Wanting to just see what else was out there that used the pumpkin spice kisses I just googled it and your recipe came up. Having read through the comments I’m wondering if I could use my peanut butter blossoms recipe and replace the peanut butter with cookie butter and then roll the cookies in brown sugar with chai spice mix?! Sounds like it would so work! Maybe I’ll try that today…


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