January 10, 2007

Swoon-Worthy Kissable Cookies

1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5.5 oz Kissables (or M & Ms)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sweetened butter and mix until a very thick dough forms. Use a spoon to fold in the Kissables and distributing them evenly. Form cookies by dropping 1 teaspoon of dough on the sheet two inches apart. Flatten slightly then bake until light brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks (if you can wait that long) then serve with plenty of cold milk.

Yields: about 2 dozen cookies, depending on size. I like to make just a few cookies at a time and keep the rest of the dough in the fridge until the next urge stikes.
My thoughts:
My mom gave me a bag of Special Dark Hershey Kissables a couple of weeks ago. She had suggested making cookies with them, but I worried that since they weren't marked for baking they might melt or crack so I planned to eat them out of hand. Then she called me last night and said she had made a batch of cookies using Kissables that she swooned over. I couldn’t find the exact recipe she used (I think it originally called for M&M baking bits) but I was inspired to make some cookies of my own. They truly are swoon-worthy. I think I like Kissables better in a cookie than out of hand, out of the bag the shells are almost have a slippery coating (I think she they don't stick together in the bag) but in cookies they are perfect. The shell stayed intact and the chocolate inside stays slightly melted even after they are cool which contrasts nicely with the crisp, buttery cookie. Not to mention that Kissables are bigger than chocolate chips so you get a lot of chocolate in one cookie. Kissables have a higher ratio of chocolate to shell than M&Ms but if you can't find Kissables, dark chocolate M&Ms would be a good substitute.