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
adapted from The Curvy Carrot
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup chai concentrate <– click here for a link to what I used
- 1 large egg
- 1 teas vanilla extract
- 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teas baking soda
- 1/8 teas salt
- 1/2 teas chai spice mix<–click here for a link to the chai spice mix recipe
- 22-24 Pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses (found at Target in the early fall)
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.
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.