Today begins 3 days of cookie recipes celebrating Valentine's Day! Try one or all 3 for your sweeheart. Instead of chocolates, bake cookies, wrap both the bottom and top of a cardboard box in red (or other color) tissue paper, then place cookies inside, replace the lid, top with a homemade card expressing your love and enjoy the kisses and hugs you'll receive. (You can also recycle an old valentine candy box).
This cookie is a sugar-sprinkled peanut butter base surrounding a Kiss of chocolate.
Ingredients: 9 oz. bad of Hershey's Kisses (I used the dark chocolate ones, of course), 1 cup shortening, 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (creamy or crunchy), 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons milk or cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, raw or granulated sugar for rolling in.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from Kisses and set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat shortening and peanut butter until well blended; add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together in small bowl, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in bowl containing sugar (I used raw sugar). Place on ungreased baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes; remove from oven to heat-proof surface; immediately place a kiss in center of each cookie, pressing lightly to make cookie spread a little. Allow to cool a minute or two before transferring to cooling racks.
If you have any unwrapped Kisses left over, you must eat them immediately...gives you energy needed for the clean-up...
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.