Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Kisses!

This is my newest favorite Christmas cookie:

Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Cocoa Kiss Cookies

1 cups butter - softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 bag (9 oz) Hershey's Kisses - milk chocolate
Powdered Sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Stir together flour and cocoa; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add pecans; beat until well blended. Refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to hangle. Heat over to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from Kisses. Mold scant tablespoon of dough around each chocolate piece, covering completely. Shape into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly, about one minute. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Roll into powdered sugar.

Yeild: 4 1/2 dozen cookies

Friday, December 7, 2007

Monster Cookies

4 eggs
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cups melted butter
2 cups peanut butter
6 cups oats
8 oz bag chocolate chips
8 oz bag M&Ms (red and green for Christmastime)
1/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup all purpose flour

Combine melted butter and sugars in a large bowl. Mix in eggs and other ingredients. To make the cookies "monster" size, scoop out with an ice cream scoop. Bake 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes