Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

Cocoa Kisses

So today was spent in two different modes. 1: Cleaning to get ready for the inlaws arrival (and they're here all safe and sound, and somehow still awake at 10:30). 2: Getting the cookie tray ready for Alex to take into school tomorrow for his class. My little boy turns 9 tomorrow. It's so hard to believe! He wanted to take cookies in, so I had him pick out three kinds (after I'd done a preliminary narrowing down to eight or so, because if he had to pick out three from all my cookie recipes, those kids wouldn't have gotten them until January, lol). He picked santa sugar cookies (which he and Alicia decorated), a peanut butter/chocolate cereal bar with M&Ms, and cocoa kisses.

I LOVE these damn cocoa kisses. So I decided to share the recipe.

Cocoa Kisses

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Hershey's kisses (milk chocolate), about 5 dozen
Powdered sugar

1. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl until creamy.
2. Combine flour and cocoa. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
3. Add pecans. Beat until well blended.
4. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.
5. Heat oven to 375F.
6. Remove wrappers from kisses.
7. Mold scant tablespoon of dough around each kiss, covering completely. Shape into balls.
8. Place on cookie sheet (I always grease mine, regardless of what the instructions say. YMMV) and bake 10-12 minutes until set.
9. Cool on sheet about 1 minute, then remove to wire rack.
10. Once completely cool, either roll in powdered sugar or dust with powdered sugar.

NOTES: Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies. I dusted mine rather than rolled as they really don't need the added sugar in my opinion. Love, love, love these.

Oh, oh! I learned something from Alex's teacher today. Alex is very good at math, and while the rest of his third grade class are mastering their multiplication tables, he already knows them (He learned them in kindergarten when he and I would sit together and kill time waiting for Alicia to get out of class by doing mental math problems, his choice as much as mine, by the way.). Anyway, she said today that he's found a way to make them more interesting for himself.

By doing them in Roman numerals instead.

I love my geeky kid. :D
Tags: alex, recipes, xmas

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