When only Santa’s Balls will Do.

The next two cookies are very similar. The first I made up because we received a huge bag of those little chocolate x-mas balls that really no one ever eats, so I decided to make them the center of some chocolate chip cookies.

I also picked up some great holiday Kisses (Hershey) though I discovered that using anything but the ones that have nuts in them or are solid chocolate results in exploded cookies. The centers just get too hot and then blow up the cookie dough. I suspect if you put enough dough around them they might work better.

This is also where I learned that parchment paper and not wax paper is what you should use. I did not previously see the difference. That was before my kitchen filled with smoke as the wax paper began to heat up and turn brown and smoke. The next day I went out and bought me some real parchment paper and have never been happier.

So here are the recipes.

Secret Santa Balls

Ingredients:
* 1 cup softened margarine
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 cup mini chocolate chip
* Several Christmas chocolate balls (unwrapped)

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 375 degrees f.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until well blended.
3. Add the flour and blend until smooth.
4. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5. Mold cookie dough around each unwrapped ball covering completely.
Shape into balls.
6. Place into un-greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.
8. Cool slightly, move from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Forgotten Kiss Cookies

The little decorations on top where to help people eating them tell them apart.
(Heart= Caramel Kiss, Sprinkles= Mint Kiss, Ball= Almond Kiss)

Ingredients: Yield:4 dozen

* 1 cup softened margarine
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 cup mini chocolate chip
* 1 (9 ounce) bag Hershey’s chocolate kisses (I left these out)

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 375 degrees f.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until well blended.
3. Add the flour and blend until smooth.
4. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5. Mold a scant Tablespoon of cookie dough around each unwrapped kiss, covering completely.
Shape into balls.
6. Place into un-greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.
8. Cool slightly, move from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

 

And that is all for today. Join me later in the week where I will return to bread making.

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