My plan this weekend was to start my holiday baking with my traditional peanut butter kiss cookies, but I discovered that I was out of shortening. So I skimmed through one of my seriously used cookbooks from my childhood, Favorite Brand Name Recipe Cookbook, and decided to try these cookies for the first time. Wow. They were a huge hit and were one of the easiest cookies to make.
Secret Kiss Cookies
Cream 2 sticks softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually add 2 cups flour and beat until blended. Chill dough for about an hour or until firm. Mold a tablespoonful of dough around an unwrapped Hershey's kiss and roll into a ball. Make sure the entire kiss is covered. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12-16 minutes. The cookies should be set, but not brown. Cool slightly and coat with powdered sugar.
This is one cookie that is actually better after it's cooled completely. I experimented with a variety of the holiday kisses. The cherry cordial kisses melted and oozed out onto the cookie sheet, so those weren't the best choice. But the mint truffle kisses were fantastic. They gave the cookie just the right amount of chocolate and mint, and a day later when the cookies were cool, they looked awesome when you bit into them.
With only 5 ingredients (plus the Hershey's Kisses) and minimal time and effort required, this cookie recipe is definitely a keeper.