Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winter Hugs

I don't know about your house, but our house is full of the sights and smells and tastes of Christmas! Today, I'm going to share the recipe for my absolute most favorite Christmas treat! These cookies are incredibly yummy and look pretty on a platter too!!





Winter Hugs



4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
8 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
1 package Hershey's Hugs


1. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.


2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.

3. Beat in eggs until mixture is a pale yellow, then add vanilla and melted chocolate until well blended.

4. Gradually add in flour mixture, mixing just until blended.

5. Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour.

6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

7. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. (I love using a dough scoop to help with this!)

8. Roll balls in confectioner's sugar. (Children love helping with this part!)




9. Place balls 1 1/2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.


10. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. While cookies are baking, recruit a young child to remove all the wrappers from the Hershey's hugs!




11. Remove cookies from oven. Firmly press a Hershey's Hug into center of each cookie.



12. Return cookies to oven and bake 3 to 4 minutes more. Do not overbake!


13. Cookies are soft when hot, but firm and chewy when cool. They are Delicious both ways, but if you can't wait to try one right out of the oven, take care not to burn your mouth with the melted hugs!

Aren't they pretty?


10 comments:

Noel said...

It's raining, again, and those hugs look so good :D

busymomof10 said...

Noel,

Yes, I've never seen such a rainy December! But, when it is cold and rainy outside, it is pleasant to be inside baking cookies, listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. Today we are watching Little Women! :)

mommyx12 said...

This is a new idea. They look good. My kids love to put twist pretzels in the oven to heat up and then when they come out of the oven they stick a kiss on them. They are so yummy.

tlmalcolm said...

Melt a rolo candy on top of a small petzel in a 350 oven for a few minutes then add a pecan or m&m and let cool. Salt, chocolate and chewy all in one bite. yum

Rebecca's Refining said...

Those do look yummy!! I loved the picture of Matt and Bethany!!

Mette said...

these loook so great - I'd love to try them out. I don't think I can get Hersheys Hugs overhere though (I'm in Denmark) - can you tell me what those are exactly? Are they all chocolate, or is there some sort of filling inside? I can probably find something similar if I know what to look for :)
thanks and Merry Christmas from
Mette

busymomof10 said...

Mette,

I think Hugs are made of swirled milk chocolate and white chocolate. The white chocolate is the distinguishing flavor, so if you have access to some candy that is made of white chocolate, that should work just as well. I hope they turn out for you! They are really delicious!

tlmalcolm said...

Oreo Truffles
1 bag of regular oreo cookies
1 8oz cream cheese
2 bars of Bakers Chocolate semi-sweet (I used Hersery's semi sweet and it works fine, you need about 16 oz of chocolate)
process cookies in food processor until fine crumbs, add cream cheese and blend until it turns to a dough
roll dough into truffle size balls and chill 1 hour.
Melt chocolate and dip truffles into the chocolate and place on wax paper and chill. before chilling you can sprinkle with crushed peppermint sticks, nuts, sprinkles whatever suits your fancy. Then chill and enjoy! No one will know you used oreos!

busymomof10 said...

Thanks Terri for posting that oreo truffle recipe! That sounds easy and delicious and like something my family would Love! Maybe that could be our special Christmas Eve treat?

AntfarmMom said...

Yummmmm!

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