I discovered this in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine special, ‘Best-Loved Reader Recipes’, and thought it would be a terrific classroom treat for the girls. The original recipe uses almond butter and also rolls the dough balls in ground almonds along with the sugar before baking…I’m sure peanut butter would also be tasty, but for us (and because it was a school treat), I used No-Nut Golden Peabutter and eliminated nuts altogether – 2015 – (our new favorite peanut butter substitute is SunButter) – enjoy!
Kiss Cookies – makes 50-60 cookies
1/2 c. EACH softened butter AND SunButter
1/2 c. EACH sugar AND brown sugar
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cream of tartar
1/4 t. salt
2 T. milk
1/2 t. vanilla
1 c. EACH flour AND whole wheat (or spelt) flour
~1/4 c. sugar for rolling the dough balls in
50–60 Hershey’s kisses
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper. In your electric mixer, beat together the butter and SunButter for about 30 seconds until smooth, and then add in both sugars, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and beat again – scrape down the sides as needed.
Add in the egg, milk and vanilla and beat until combined, then turn the mixer to a lower speed and slowly add in both flours. Once the dough comes together and you’re not at risk for flour flying everywhere, increase the mixer speed and beat the dough until it’s well combined.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll each ball in sugar before placing them on a baking sheet. I found it easiest to roll a couple of dozen, then roll them in sugar all in a row – either way, they don’t really spread so you can fit more than usual onto your baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the balls have flattened slightly and have just started to crack, then remove them from the oven and quickly but gently press a Hershey’s kiss into the center of each. You may need to allow them to cool completely before moving them to a rack. These also freeze beautifully – just make sure the kisses have hardened again before packing them up!
- Category: Cookies, Sunbutter