Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Cookies

We are having fun baking around here this week. We started off with our favorite Christmas cookie, Chocolate Surprise Cookies.

(bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees ~ makes about 8 dozen)

Purchase and unwrap
8 dozen Hersheys Chocolate Kisses

Cream Together
1 1/2 cup of butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Beat In
2 eggs
4 teas vanilla
1 teas almond extract
Add and Mix Thoroughly
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teas baking powder
1/2 tea salt
1 cup very finely chopped blanched almonds

Refrigerate dough to make it less sticky. Form balls around each kiss so kiss is completely enclosed.  The thinner the dough on each kiss, the more kisses can be covered. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet until starting to turn light golden color. These taste better when cool.


We made a DOUBLE batch (200 kisses) so that there would be plenty left over for Christmas gifts.

First the kids counted out 200 kisses using a tallying system.

Then the kids peeled the foil off the kisses.

Next we creamed the butter and sugars.

Next the kids chopped the blanched almonds.

Then they took a break for a sensory moment. Ahhh...feel the blanched almonds.

Now we mixed in the rest of the flour and such. This was about the time Mommy realized that she really did not have a big enough bowl for a double batch and she really NEEDS a Kitchen Aid mixer. The kids started getting really messy, and the dog started waiting for flying food to land at her feet.

After giving up on the mixer and Mommy mixing the dough with her hands, it looked like this.

The kids rolled kisses into dough and put them on a baking sheet.

Yummy loveliness! You can dress them up with some frosting and sprinkles if you wish, but we never do this. They are sweet without any icing.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Ummmmm, and I haven't had breakfast yet!

    We must have really been on each other's minds. I think I clicked "post comment", and when I went back to my blog, your comment was there. What a neat treat for me!

    You asked me about our fasting. For a number of years, my husband and I have always fasted on Mondays. For these last couple of years, we have fasted beginning on Dec. 26th for 10 days. This is our time of sacrifice in order to hear from God for the new year and to praise Him for allowing us to see it.

    For medical/physiological reasons, neither of us can go totally without food, but our fast is to deny ourselves of all lusts of the flesh--food is only one of those lusts. We eat an early breakfast, do not eat lunch, and then eat our evening meal. There are no sweets (a BIG sacrifice for us!), and water is the only drink. We spend the day praying and praising. The hope of our fasts is, in our time of need from hunger and the mental physical and mental fatigue that often accompanies it, to grow closer to God and keener about responding to His guidance as we pray.

    If I didn't answer your question, please let me know, and we can always talk offline. I so appreciate you as my bloggy buddy.

  2. Yummy!! That looks really good!! I'll have to try that recipe!

    Have a blessed week!


  3. www.thepiratemom.comDecember 9, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Yum! Those look delicious! Anything with a Hershey kiss included has to be good. = )


    The Pirate Mom

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