We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cookie Recipe #67 - Cocoa KISS Cookies

Be rewarded with a KISS as you bite into one of these cookies. A melted mouthful of chocolate surrounded by a chocolatey cookie and rolled in powdered sugar makes today's recipe a hit.
Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks)butter, softened, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cup finely chopped pecans, 1 bag (9 oz.) Kisses chocolates, unwrapped, powdered sugar for rolling (the cookies, not you...)
Instructions: In large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Add flour and cocoa until thoroughly incorporated. By hand, mix in pecans. Refrigerate dough for about an hour or until firm enough to handle.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Flatten a tablespoonful of dough in your hand, place a Kiss in the middle, wrap dough around Kiss, and roll in hand, forming a ball. Place balls on ungreased baking sheets about 1 inch apart and bake 10-12 minutes, or until set. Balls will retain their shape. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Roll in small bowl of powdered sugar. Just before serving, roll in powdered sugar once again, if desired.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies. "Hershey's Homemade" by Hershey Foods Corporation in 1991.
Cookies Rule!!!

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