December 8, 2000


Share the Season with Holiday Cookies and Crafts

What better way to share this festive season than making traditional-and not so traditional-cookies and crafts? When friends come knocking, let them know they are welcome with special gifts made with Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates and baking pieces.



Clockwise from top: Festive Sandwich Cookies With Creamy Filling, Mini Kisses Chocolate Blossoms, Scrumptious Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cookies.

Merry Kisses Wreath

Wrap 12 to 14-inch foam wreath with strips of aluminum foil. For each Hershey's Kiss used, insert round toothpick, cut in half, into bottom of foil-wrapped Kiss. Dip bottoms of Kisses with toothpicks into prepared "Safe Confectioner's Glue."* Push Kisses with toothpicks into sides and front of foil-covered wreath, building layers to cover spaces.

Alternately arrange colors of Kisses to achieve desired design. Let glue dry overnight. Attach bow with florist wire. To hang wreath, use plastic or metal wreath door hanger. (Wreath will use about four bags [13-oz. each] Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates.)

 

"Kiss-Me" Candy Roses

For each candy rose, spread "Safe Confectioner's Glue"* on bottom of one foil-wrapped Hershey's Kiss Milk Chocolate. Firmly press the bottom of another Kiss to it. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of double Kisses. Wrap 4-inch square of clear cellophane around double Kisses, twisting cellophane tightly around Kisses. Starting at bottom of rose, wrap florist tape around edges of cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape. Tie candy roses together with bow.

*Prepare "Safe Confectioner's Glue" by whisking together 4 teaspoons powdered egg whites (meringue powder) with 1/4 cup water until completely dissolved. With mixer, beat in 3 cups sifted powdered sugar until thick and smooth.

 

Mini Kisses Chocolate Blossoms

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional sugar
1-3/4 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Hershey's Mini Kisses Semi-Sweet Baking Pieces or 8-oz. pkg. Hershey's Hugs Chocolates or Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

1. Beat butter, 1-1/2 cups sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

2. Heat oven to 350ºF. Remove wrappers, if using Hugs or Kisses. Shape dough into 1 to 1-1/8-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven. Place 3 Mini Kisses or 1 Hug or 1 Kiss on each cookie, pressing down lightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

 

Scrumptious Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cookies

1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
Powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.

2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, apricots and nuts. (Batter will be stiff.) Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Sift powdered sugar over top. About 3 dozen cookies.

 

Festive Sandwich Cookies With Creamy Filling

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey's Cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

CREAMY FILLING
(recipe follows)

WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE
(recipe follows)

1. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until well blended.

2. Divide dough in half; shape each part into a roll, about 7 inches long. Wrap each roll in wax paper or plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 to 5 hours or until firm enough to slice. Heat oven to 375ºF.

3. Cut dough rolls into 1/8-inch thick slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Spread CREAMY FILLING on flat side of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, forming sandwiches. Drizzle with WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE. Sprinkle with colored sugar. About 3 dozen sandwich cookies.

 

CREAMY FILLING

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red or green food color (optional)

Beat butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in medium bowl until creamy and of spreading consistency.

 

WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE: Place 1/2 cup Hershey's Premier White Chips and 2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred.

 

Sensational Cinnamon Chip Biscotti

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Hershey's Cinnamon Chips (divided)
1 cup very finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine or oil)

WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE
(recipe follows)

1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until smooth. (Dough will be stiff.) Using spoon or with hands, work 1 cup cinnamon chips and walnuts into dough.

2. Divide dough into four equal parts. Shape each part into a log about 8-1/2 inches long. Place on prepared cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart; flatten slightly.

3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until logs are set and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; let cool on cookie sheet 30 minutes. Transfer to cutting board. Using serrated knife and sawing motion, cut logs into 1/2-inch wide diagonal slices. Arrange slices close together, cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes. Turn each slice over; bake an additional 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Melt remaining cinnamon chips with 2 teaspoons shortening; drizzle over each cookie. Drizzle WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE over top. About 5 dozen biscotti.

WHITE CHIP DRIZZLE: Place 1/4 cup Hershey's Premier White Chips and 1 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred.

 

Peanut Blossoms

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Reese's Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate piece into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

For an assortment of other great Holiday gift-giving ideas, recipes and tips, visit the Hershey Foods recipe site on the World Wide Web, www.hersheykitchens.com or www.allrecipes.com/hersheys.

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