Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Cookies - Chocolate Caramel Kiss

These cookies look really impressive and they are just a basic cookie with a Hershey's Caramel Kiss on top.  If you want to impress your friends, bring these to their homes at the holidays.

Makses about 50 cookies.
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
50 caramel-filled chocolate Kisses
Here’s how:
Melt chocolate chips.  Set aside.

Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl to blend.

Beat butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy.

Beat in eggs, extract and chocolate until blended.

Eggs and extract added

Chocolate added
On low speed, beat in flour mixture until combined.
Stir in nuts.

Ready to chill

Cover and chill 1 hour until firm.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Roll level tablespoons dough into 1-in. balls.
Roll balls in confectioners’ sugar to coat.

Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheet(s) lined with parchment.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes until cookies set and tops are cracked. Cool 1 minute on sheet on a wire rack.

Gently press a chocolate Kiss on each. Cool completely.

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