Shortbread Candy Cane Kissed Brownies & 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

I can hardly believe we are already at week 9 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies Blog Hop. This has been so much fun seeing everyone’s amazing creations. My stack of “to make” recipes is now huge but I can’t wait to start baking them all!

We still haven’t been doing much cooking at my house since my fall. The ankle is slowly getting better (thanks for all the well wishes) but it’s not quite up to me standing in the kitchen for any length of time. So thank goodness I baked these bad boys before I decided to through myself down the stairs. Am I a planner or what??? =o)

I would love to claim this recipe as my own but I can’t. Baking I can do. Creating a new recipe? That’s a different story. I rely on everyone else’s creativity and I just copy it. =o) So this idea came from Picky Palate‘s blog (which I absolutely love!) Here’s were a Halloween version so I changed this up a bit to make it more Christmas-y. It’s a great combination of flavors – shortbread (yum!), peppermint kisses and brownie. A trifecta of deliciousness!

* 9×13 brownie mix (and ingredients to make brownies)
* 2 sticks butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
* 1 3/4 cup flour
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* Hershey’s Kisses (I used the seasonal candy cane kisses – YUM!)

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Make brownie mix according to package and set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add flour and salt.
  4. Press shortbread mixture into a prepared 9×13 pan. (Line with tin foil and then spray with non-stick cooking spray.)
  5. Top shortbread mixture with Hershey kisses.
  6. Pour brownie mixture over top of kisses.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

There’s a close up for you. See the kiss in there?

They needed a little something so I melted some white chocolate and drizzled it over the top. What an amazing combination of flavors! The Candy Cane Kisses are peppermint so they added the right amount of flavor to these.
So now come check out what everyone else has been baking!

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  1. I’m also having a lot of fun with 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies! Is awesome to bake along with all of you!
    Your brownies are great! It’s now going to my have to make list! Here in Brazil we don’t have the candy cane kisses, but I think I’ll substitute for white ones.
    I hope you get better soon to make more goodies for Christmas!

  2. Looks so yummy!! I just gave you an award…come over at

  3. Yum…chocolate + candy canes = perfection. Gonna try these.

  4. Those look great. I love the idea of the candy cane kisses hiding inside!

  5. You come up with the most amazing goodies! These look absolutely delicious. I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint. These remind me of one of my favorite holiday treats, peppermint bark, only better:)

  6. These look fantastically delicious. I love how you used those candy cane kisses. What a delicious surprise to bite into. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a Picky Palate recipe, especially when it’s brownies. Yum.

  7. What a fun little surprise in there!

  8. Oh my goodness…your photos reeled me in! So rich and flavorful! Love ’em!

  9. Nice to know you were a exchange student here in Brazil! I was in a exchange program there in US, at Nebraska. And miss a lot! Now we can say that word that only exist in Portuguese: Saudades!!!
    I’m very glad to know you! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. holy yumminess!!! thank you! ..and my neighbors thank you! 😉

  11. Well, at least thanksgiving is over so hopefully you will be able to sit with your foot up and finish recovering. I also have a ton of new recipes marked from all of this cookie baking, and these look delicious so they are one of them 🙂

  12. No one would have guessed there are kisses hidden inside! it would be such a pleasant surprise.

  13. I am so sorry Erin that you are still nursing your ankle! – how much longer is the recovery period?

    I too enjoy Picky Palate’s blog! – and I love that you adjusted and adapted her lovely Candy Corn Kisses Brownies into a Christmas treat! PERFECT!!!

  14. definitely gonna try these.

  15. Oh my goodness! I love shortbread! I love brownies! I think I love just about every ingredient in there! Beautiful idea, thanks for sharing. –

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