Daily Archives: March 28, 2010

Hidden Kisses

Some more goodness from Paula Deen, Hidden Kisses

Original Source: Paula Deen

Ingredients
* 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
* 1 (9-ounce) package Hershey’s Kisses
* 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
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Directions

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla and almond extracts.
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Stir in the flour and blend well. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Unwrap the candy kisses.
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Press a scant tablespoon of dough around each kiss, covering it completely; shape into balls.
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Place the cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.
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Cool slightly, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
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Roll the cookies in confectioners’ sugar.
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Results: Very good. They taste a lot like the Cuban Cookies – but with a Hershey Kiss!

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Cream Cheese Spritz

Still here and making cookies. I’m trying to catch up with the posts while the Wife forces me to watch New Moon. The bad acting, silly dialogue, and predictable plotline is really distracting me from writing anything funny.

A couple of weeks ago I made some Cream Cheese Spritz using the trusty cookie press.

Original Source: AllRecipes.com

Ingredients
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1 egg yolk
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, cream together shortening, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.
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Beat in egg yolk, and lemon extract.
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Combine flour and salt; gradually mix into the creamed mixture in three additions, mixing well after each.
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Load dough into a cookie press, and press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (Please note: The random round cookie on the sheet is due to the Wife messing around with the cookie press)
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Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden.

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Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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Results: Good for the first few days but they got funky after that. They could be good with other types of extract too.