Serve these adorable treats at a Fall gathering on a pretty doilie-lined tray or plate. Or, use them for an easy Autumn decoration on a Thanksgiving cake or on bar cookies, and you'll be very thankful for all the praise you'll glean. They would also make wonderful party favors in cellophane bags tied with pretty bows, or gifts presented in lovely boxes or tin cans. Friends and family will think you're so clever!
Better Squirrel Some Away For Myself!
As adapted from Carla Hall's (The Chew) recipe for Fall Acorns
Makes approx. 70 treats
- approx. 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
- approx. 70 chocolate kisses (12 oz. bag yields approx. 72 kisses)*
- 3.5 oz. container mini peanut butter cookie sandwiches (yields approx. 70 half cookies)*
- approx. 70 mini chocolate chips
- Unwrap the chocolate kisses and separate the cookie sandwiches into two halves (one side will have more peanut butter filling than the other). Place and hold the kisses and cookie halves on sheet pans or plates lined with wax or parchment paper until ready to assemble.
- Dab a small amount of peanut butter on the flat side of the cookie halves that don't have most of the filling on them.
- Press the flat side of the chocolate kisses into the filling or peanut butter on each cookie half.
- Using a toothpick, dab a very small amount of peanut butter onto the center of the patterned side of each cookie half and press on a mini chocolate chip to form a stem.*
- For gifts, line a pretty box or tin can with a paper doilie and lay the cookie/kiss acorns on their sides (so the design is obvious). Or, decorate an Autumn cake or bar cookies with them. As a treat for a gathering, serve on a pretty plate or tray. Store any leftovers in a tin can (to keep the cookies crisp).
- Use dark or milk chocolate kisses. The kisses used in the photo above are milk chocolate; however, the next time I make these treats, I'll try dark chocolate.
- A few of the cookie sandwiches may not have the patterned side on the outside (a glitch in manufacturing)...rendering them unusable, so anticipate that in calculating how many cookies you'll need.
- This is a great project to do with children; however, the mini chocolate chip stems may be difficult for little hands to manipulate; so reserve that task for, maybe, middle-school aged children or above. An assembly line would work well.