Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies Recipe
Usually I’m a bit more of a complex cookie maker – browned butter chocolate chip cookies, salted peanut butter cookies, molasses cookies – cookies that have major flavor going on. However, there’s something to be said about a simple buttery shortbread cookie that just melts in your mouth now and then. Plus they are one of the boyfriend’s favorite flavors. Consequently, he loved these Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies saying they were delicious before he even swallowed the first bite.
Not being one to leave well enough alone, I love jazzing up shortbread with chocolate, or Hershey’s Kisses in this case. I find the unique flavor of Hershey’s Kisses to be a perfect compliment to the shortbread, plus everyone deserves a kiss on Valentine’s Day, right? This way you can give everyone a kiss without getting in trouble with your significant other. You could also use the candy cane kisses, which would look great for Valentine’s Day, or the cherry cordial kisses, or any flavor really. These are great without the candy as well.
For this shortbread recipe I opt to use powered sugar for a smoother final product. The cornstarch also helps to add a bit more delicate flavor and texture to the shortbread so that it is truly melt in your mouth. You can replace the cornstarch with more flour, but I would advise against adding more cornstarch as you can add too much which will lead to sort of grainy and pasty mouth-feel. You could also dress these up for the holiday a bit more by adding chocolate chips or chunks or chopped cherries to the cookie dough itself. When I originally came up with this recipe I used half the dough for the traditional rectangular shortbread and half to make these shortbread Hershey kiss cookies, so I estimate you should get 30-45 cookies dependent upon size.