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Rudolph’s Kisses ~ The Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treats Special Edition!

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Good morning! 😀 Joining in for a little bonus excitement this month, as The Secret Recipe Club has an extra week that we decided might be fun to do a special “Holiday Treats Special Edition”! This club is a wonderful group of bloggers that get together once a month for a “Secret Santa” style recipe swap! We are all secretly assigned to another blogger in the group, where we choose one of their recipes to make, photo and review! It’s really a lot of fun, and you get to try new recipes that you probably wouldn’t get to make otherwise!

 

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For this Special Holiday Edition, I was secretly assigned to a wonderful blogger named Jamie, who is the creator behind her blog called, Our Eating Habits! She’s a wonderful cook and baker, who’s middle child has already decided to follow in her footsteps! (Her daughter has been exploring her newest interest, Amish-style cooking, along with her Home Ec class! 😀 ) I’m not sure where Jamie and her family lives, but can you believe they already got snow?!! (*And I wrote this weeks ago!) Yep! And they love the Christmas holiday so much that they put their Christmas tree up every year on November 1st to enjoy it’s beauty as long as possible!

For this event, I had a bit of a difficult time narrowing down what holiday treat to make, so I decided to show my hubby what I had bookmarked. He instantly wanted me to make her Rudolph’s Kisses, so I just let him make the final decision! 😀 Some of the other ones that grabbed my attention were her Cranberry Orange Scones, Chocolate Peppermint Snowballs, Nutty Coconut Fudge, and her Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes that I’m still dying to make! (I may get around to making these yet!) 😉

At our house, I have my own philosophy. Typically, men are “hunters” and women are “gatherers”. So, I gather together what I have on hand, and send my hubby to the store to hunt for the rest! Ha! 😉

This actually works really well for us. He’s a great speed shopper, and always comes home with not only what I’ve asked for, but likes to surprise me, too. He’s a keeper! 😉 😀

This time he surprised me by upgrading the Hershey’s Kisses for some quite tasty little Striped Hugs and some Chocolate Kisses filled with Caramel! I decided to just enjoy the caramel “kisses”, as I was afraid that they wouldn’t hold up during baking as the caramel centers are very soft (almost runny), and went with the chocolate/white chocolate-covered “hugs”! 😀

 

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I was happy to see that they still had a nice chocolate base, and should hold up well enough! Besides, we’re easy to please, so I knew that even if they came out flat as a pancake, that they would still taste good. 🙂 (*I cut one open so that you could see inside.)

 

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The dough is super easy to make and turned out perfect! It was kind of humid and I was running a little fever that day which made my hands hot, so I just smooshed the dough into a round, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and popped it into the fridge to get it nice and cold so that I wouldn’t melt the butter! 😉

 

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I didn’t get as many cookies as Jamie did, (I ended up getting 25), but that was plenty enough for us and the neighbors, to boot! 😀

 

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The edges of mine got a little “lacy”, so I just simply broke the edges off before….

 

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…coating them with the powdered sugar. Worked like a charm! 😀

 

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I had to (literally!!!) chase my hubby out of the kitchen, because he was raiding the rack before I could even get some photos taken!

 

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Though mine didn’t come out as pretty as Jamie’s due to using the striped Hugs instead of regular Chocolate Kisses, we enjoyed these just fine the way they were! 😀 But you may want to use the regular ones.

They were slightly crispy, and ever so good dunked in milk, coffee and hot chocolate!!! 😀 I had so much fun making them! They really turned out delicious, and would be easy enough and a fun project for kids to make! They would be perfectly lovely on a  Christmas cookie platter, and I bet that they would travel well, too, for those who send cookies in the mail to family and friends far away, and to the soldiers overseas. 😉

 

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So if you’re looking for a nice, simple cookie that tastes great to add to your holiday cookie tray this year, do keep these cute little Rudolph’s Kisses in mind! And, as always, please do take the time to pop on over to Jamie’s blog, Our Eating Habits, to see not only a nice collection of holiday goodies, but all of her wonderful recipes! 😀

Hope you all have enjoyed this special holiday edition from….

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Adapted from Our Eating Habits.

Yield: 24 - 30 cookies

Rudolph's Kisses ~ The Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treats Edition!

Rudolph's Kisses ~ The Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treats Edition!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 24 -30 Hershey’s kisses unwrapped, regular chocolate or Seasonal Holiday flavors, 1 (11-12 oz.) bag has plenty
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • Mix in flour and salt, until fully combined, adding flour gradually.
  • Scoop dough out onto plastic wrap and shape into a ball or disk, wrap tightly, and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Shape 1 tablespoon of dough around each kiss. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 18 minutes. Remove to wire rack and cool until slightly warm.
  • Roll cookies in powdered sugar. Cool completely. Roll again in powdered sugar.
  • Store airtight.

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    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

    Friday 4th of December 2015

    I can't sent my husband to the store - okay, I can... but he can't stick to the list and is the opposite of a speed shopper. I like these cookies though, they're a nice change to the traditional kiss cookies.

    Kelly

    Saturday 5th of December 2015

    Thanks, Lauren! :D I shop more like your hubby! I have to look at every single thing! Ha! :D

    Tara

    Friday 4th of December 2015

    Love the name! So festive. Haha, I am the grocery shopper in our house. My husband never knows where to find anything.

    Kelly

    Saturday 5th of December 2015

    Thanks, Tara! Mine may know where everything is at the store, but he'd starve if he had to find it once it's home or have to cook it! Haha!! :D ;)

    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

    I want to make these just for the name LOL....you know they are going to be delicious,butter cookie wrapped around chocolate, how could they not.

    Kelly

    Thursday 3rd of December 2015

    Exactly why we chose them! :D ;)

    Trisha

    Tuesday 1st of December 2015

    The name is adorable and they look so inviting. I can't wait to try them out sometime.

    Kelly

    Tuesday 1st of December 2015

    Thanks, Trisha! :D I'll definitely be making them again! Next time I'll use the regular, plain chocolate kisses, though! (I think that outer coating on the striped ones melted down too much.) But they were still delicious! :)

    Anna

    Monday 30th of November 2015

    These cookies look like so much fun with the Kisses hidden in the middle.

    Kelly

    Tuesday 1st of December 2015

    Thanks, Anna! It really was a fun cookie to make! :D

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