Ugly little things, aren’t they? Yep. Sometimes the best intentions can lead total failures. Like these cookies. I saw these Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies on Barbara Bakes and immediately set out to make them. They looked totally delicious- soft chocolate cookies filled with a sweet pumpkin spice kiss in the center! YUM! Only thing is…I decided to get ‘creative’ and ended up with some really ugly, rather embarrassing cookies. Remember that time I said there are some recipes food bloggers shouldn’t mess with? Yeah, I totally should have taken my own advice here. I was in the Halloween spirit and thought I’d roll the cookies in some black decorating sugar before baking to give a ‘spooky’ effect. What I ended up with was charred hamburger patty cookies. FAIL.

Seriously! Don’t they look like charred hamburger patties??! Not pretty. So, hubby and I had a good laugh over it and decided to go ahead and give them a try anyway…besides the fact that the black sugar turned our mouths and teeth black (eww!), these were actually really, really good! The chocolate cookie mixed with the spiciness of the pumpkin spice kiss was a great combination! Despite how delicious they were, I ended up throwing them out since I was too embarrassed to take them to work with me (I’d forever be ‘the weird lady who brought burnt meat cookies’– not something I’d enjoy!), BUT, I’ll most definitely make these again in the future…just without the black sugar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies
Barbara Bakes

2 1/2 cups flour all purpose flour flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
48 Hersheyโ€™s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, unwrapped

In medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda.
In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture; blend well. If necessary, cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes for easier handling.
Heat oven to 375ยฐF. For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 tablespoon dough around 1 Hersheyโ€™s Pumpkin Spice Kiss, covering completely.
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (I always bake cookies on parchment paper.)
Bake at 375ยฐ for 7 to 10 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and FUN Halloween!!! ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. Aww I don’t think they’re terribly ugly. I bet kids would think it’s pretty cool that it turns your teeth black too ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Comment by Molly Jean — October 29, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

  2. Hahaha! That’s a great way to look at it, Molly Jean! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by amy — October 29, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

  3. I think they look delicious! Especially that last photo.. Gorgeous! Wishing I could take a bite out of one right now. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by Amanda — October 29, 2010 @ 1:58 PM

  4. hahah I don’t think they look that bad at all! And who cares if they taste good? ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — October 29, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

  5. They look super delicious Amy and wonderfully festive. Hope you have a Happy Halloween.


    Comment by Eliana — October 29, 2010 @ 2:52 PM

  6. Giggle! I’m sorry, A – you know I’m not laughing AT you, but WITH you and J, both. I can totally see you describing these to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry they didn’t turn out the way you wanted. I’d totally give them a try – that middle looks fantastic!


    Comment by Jessica of My Baking Heart — October 29, 2010 @ 4:41 PM

  7. No really- feel FREE to laugh, Jess! Can’t you just see Joel and me standing there with black teeth cracking up at each other?! HA! ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Comment by amy — October 29, 2010 @ 4:48 PM

  8. This post cracked me up. I’m so glad they tasted good! I’ll remember not to add black sprinkles. I love the picture showing the middle.


    Comment by Barbara Bakes — October 29, 2010 @ 10:56 PM

  9. You are hilarious! The cookies sound absolutely delicious!!!!


    Comment by Jennifer — October 30, 2010 @ 9:16 PM

  10. Charred hamburger patties?? LOL They don’t look THAT bad but having black teeth after eating them is the worst part. I will remember that little fact about black sugar for future reference.


    Comment by Paula — October 31, 2010 @ 7:23 AM

  11. I saw those cookies Barbara made! I still need to see if I can find those little pumpkin kisses.. they sound so delicious!


    Comment by Evan@swEEts — November 1, 2010 @ 3:51 PM

  12. I just made these, but I used Valentine’s Day heart sprinkles. Thanks for the idea to use pumpkin kisses! They were so tasty!!!


    Comment by Molly — January 18, 2011 @ 1:37 PM

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