Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cocoa Kiss Cookies

These are a new FAVORITE cookie of mine. I try new cookie recipes all the time and while most of the time they are delicious, most of them don't make it into cookie hall of fame. At least in my recipe book hall of fame.

But this one was AMAZING! I loved it! They are like a chocolate version of Sandies (A.K.A. Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowballs, etc. They have a million different names.) Plus to make them even better, they have a chocolate kiss in the middle of them which gives them extra goodie good-ness.
With no further ado..... Here's the recipe....

{{Cocoa Kiss Cookies}}

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1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 bag (9 ounces) Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolate
Powdered Sugar

Beat butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Stir together flour and cocoa in a separate bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add pecans; beat until well blended. Refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. Mold scant tablespoons of dough around each chocolate piece, covering the kiss completely. Shape into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly, about 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar. Roll again in sugar just before serving, if desired.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

Here are the cookies after they have been cooked. The dough was wrapped around the kiss and then baked in the oven. Let them cool on the baking sheet for about a minute, before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Then they get coated in powdered sugar.

Then you can coat them again in more powdered sugar right before you serve them so that they look this beautiful white color.

They melt in your mouth. You want to limit how much dough you put around each kiss so that they are a decent size but not too big and so that you can get the full 4 1/2 dozen of cookies from this recipe. They are yummy cookies. You can omit the pecans if you want... but I think they really add a great flavor and dimension to these cookies.

Serve with a tall glass of milk... And enjoy!

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