Christmas Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 c. assorted Christmas sprinkles
  • 25 to 30 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Directions

  1. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  4. With your hands, roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in sprinkles, completely covering the dough ball with sprinkles. Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. With your thumb, gently press down into the center of each ball just slightly to make a small indentation. Chill the baking sheet of dough balls in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes before baking.  {This chilling time makes the cookies bake up soft and tender, and helps minimize spreading.  I have skipped this chill before, and the cookies came out on the dry side ... so I don't recommend skipping it.}
  5. Bake at 350℉ until set, about 12 minutes.
  6. After removing cookies from the oven, immediately place a Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie.  {Once you place the Kiss, leave it be.  Twisting or moving it will cause it to start to melt and pool at the bottom.}  Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes, remove to a cooling rack to cool.

Makes approximately 25 to 30 cookies.


Notes;

- There is indeed no levener in this recipe; that is not a typo.

- These cookies don't spread or change shape much while baking.  They just puff very slightly.

- I have not had much success with using Hugs, Candy Cane, etc. flavor Hershey Kisses.  They melt too quickly and easily and end up just pools of white chocolate in the cookies.


Enjoy!


Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground

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