Friday, December 23, 2011

New Christmas Cookie (at our house anyway)

Wanting to make a new Christmas cookie this year, I started scouring the internet for something new, yet simple.  Simple seemed to be difficult to find - everywhere i looked seemed to have all of these fancy complicated recipes for Christmas cookies.  And honestly, growing up I know my sister and I always liked the simple cookies my Mom made the best.  

After lots of looking I found these very easy to make Chocolate Kiss Cookies.  They're a slight twist on the typical peanut butter sugar cookie with a hershey kiss on top - these have no peanut butter.  They're more like a chocolate lovers dream cookie - a chocolate sugar cookie with a hershey kiss planted on top.  



They turned out REALLY well, and though skeptical, my husband ended up really liking them.  Griffin also helped me make these - he really enjoyed stirring the batter of course, sampling the batter, and putting the kisses on top when the cookies were fresh out of the oven.  Very kid-friendly!

Here's the recipe in case you need a new Christmas cookie:

Chocolate Kiss Cookies


Makes approx 4 dozen small cookies - it was more like 2 dozen for me as i like bigger cookies!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 54 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl mix butter and sugar till fluffy, add eggs and vanilla mix well. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, and add to creamed mixture.
  3. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter then roll in white sugar. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Place unwrapped chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie while still hot. Let cool and enjoy!