If memory serves, this recipe, that my mom introduced us to, is really my Gramma Moutaw’s recipe. Though, alas, the true origin of this recipe is lost in the sands of time in my mind.
I just know that every Christmas, Mom made these. Then after I left home, every Christmas, I made them…until I moved to England and couldn’t get Hershey’s kisses.
I missed them.
These are also the cookies The Promise’s Benny Bianchi adores and Frankie Concetti makes for him. And once you try them, you’ll know just how angry he was in “that moment” when she sent them to him for Christmas because no one should waste this goodness…ever!
Leave extra time to chill between making and baking – at least 30 minutes but more is better!
1 cup Margarine (in a shocker, butter isn’t so good)
½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cup Flour
1 cup Chopped Walnuts (chop ’em fine!)
1 Package Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses
How to do it…
Beat margarine, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts and blend well. Chill for 30 minutes (or more!).
Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C).
Remove kisses from the foil. Shape about 1 teaspoon of dough around the each kiss, covering kiss completely. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes or until set but NOT BROWN. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar.
Now, if you can’t get Hershey’s kisses, I don’t know what to say. I didn’t try them with anything else and as they’re “snowballs,” whatever chocolate you use should be round so you can form the balls. But it’s worth it to try with whatever. The dough is nutty goodness and with the surprise chocolate center…oh my! It can be a Merry Christmas all year round!