Oct 182013
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Thank you to Global Influence for sponsoring this post and to Hershey’s for providing product samples so that I could create this molasses cookie recipe for you.  All words and thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is having an excuse to bake.  I really don’t need an excuse, of course; I bake on a pretty regular basis.  But when it comes to holiday treats, you tend to go the extra step and make them a little more special than at other times.

Christmas is an obvious time of year to get a little fancy with your cooking, but I have to admit that Halloween has always been the one other holiday where I tend to go all-out.  Growing up we had a party at my grandparents’ house each Halloween, and my Gram would bake for two days straight to prep.  There were frosted chocolate brownies with jack-o’-lantern faces drawn on, sugar cookies with Halloween-themed words piped on, apple cider, dishes full of Hershey’s candy, and then the icing on the cake: homemade chocolate and vanilla doughnuts fried fresh as you waited.

Molasses Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups #HersheysHalloween

One recipe that my Gram sometimes made was molasses cookies.  When I found a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses in the box of candy that Hershey’s sent us, I immediately thought of those cookies.  I thought the flavors of pumpkin and spice would pair well with the spices in molasses cookies.  After thinking for a bit about exactly how to pair them, I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups.

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Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¾ C butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ C molasses
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • sugar, for rolling
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix butter, sugar, and egg until smooth.
  2. Stir in molasses.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet mixture; blend until combined.
  5. Cover and chill dough 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375.
  7. Spray a mini muffin tin with baking spray; set aside.
  8. Shape mixture into walnut-size balls, and roll them in the sugar.
  9. Press each ball into a muffin tin well, making an impression in each one with your thumb or the back of a small melon baller, creating a little "bowl".
  10. Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden and set.
  11. While cookies bake, unwrap Hershey's Kisses.
  12. Remove cookies from the oven and immediately fill each cookie cup with a Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kiss (these will melt almost immediately - that's exactly what want). Once each cookie cup is filled, go back and place a second Kiss on top of each cookie cup.
  13. Let cool fully before serving. Store in an air-tight container.


Molasses Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups #HersheysHalloween

Want some more Halloween inspiration?  Check out the Celebrate with Hershey’s website.  There are lots of recipe, craft, decorating, and entertaining ideas to help make your Halloween and fall celebrations extra-special.

What is your favorite Halloween recipe?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  36 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups”

  1. they look yummy!

  2. I’m quite certain I’ve gained 5 pounds reading this recipe. These look so good. So so good. Yum.

  3. Wait, so they have Pumpkin Spice Kisses? No way! I love the sound and look of this recipe, yummy. Great fall treat even if you don’t celebrate Halloween. I only bake at Christmas but maybe one day I’ll bake for other holidays too.

  4. Yum. These look delicious! I need to try the recipe!

  5. Those are fantastic looking! Can’t wait to try them out!

  6. You had me at pumpkin! These are seriously so cute. I’m pretty sure I would end up eating the whole batch in one sitting.

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  10. I love any excuse to bake too! These molasses cookie cups look delicious! Love the pumpkin kiss on top!

  11. Wow! What fun things you did at your Gram’s! These cookies look amazing. I love molasses cookies and adding pumpkin spice Hershey’s is genius!

  12. These look wonderful. I love molasses cookies. Pinned

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  15. This looks so yummy! Anything pumpkin is spot on. :) I can’t wait to make these with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing.


  16. What a delicious looking treat! Brilliant combination of flavors–Pinning!!

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  18. YUM! I just tried a Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kiss and is was delicious! I bet these cookies are amazing!

  19. These look so yummy! Must make!!

  20. yummy yum! These little treats look so good! Thanks for a great recipe. I can’t wait to give them a try!

  21. These look incredible! I’m adding them to my holiday baking list!

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  24. Thanks for sharing these yummy pumpkin spiced cookies! I love anything with pumpkin and those pumpkin spice hershey kisses are to die for (and then to come back for since it is Halloween!) I will have to try them with a Molasses cookie, never tried that type before. But they look so good that I’m sharing them today on my blog feature Five Last Minute Halloween Treats

    Thanks so much for sharing these. I hope you’ll come back tonight and share more great treats (after you’re done Trick or Treating of course!)

  25. What a clever idea to pair the pumpkin spice kisses with your grandmother’s cookies. These little treats look fantastic! Thank you for sharing these perfect fall flavors.

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