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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Hazelnut Kiss Cookies

Every holiday season, I love indulging in those classic peanut butter cookies dimpled with a Hershey Kiss center. For our 12 Days of Edible Gifts, I experimented with this same concept to create a Ferrero Rocher-inspired treat. The combination of hazelnuts and chocolate is always divinely delicious and these crumbly hazelnut cookies with chocolate middles are no exception. They're simple to make and easily gifted in a festive basket or decorative to-go container. To make these delectable cookies for your friends and family,

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Hazelnut Kiss Cookies

Hazelnut Kiss Cookies

Hazelnut Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup ground roasted hazelnuts
48 unwrapped Hershey Kisses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place whole hazelnuts on a large cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes until fragrant. Be careful to not burn the nuts. Fresh from the oven place hazelnuts in a clean dish towel, rub against the towel to remove the skin. Grind or finely chop hazelnuts.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix eggs, yolks and vanilla well. Combine flour and salt and add a third at a time to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in nuts.
  3. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie baking sheets. Flatten each ball and place a Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until cookies have set. Only the bottom of cookie will turn golden brown. Watch the cookies closely as the tip of the chocolate can burn. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.


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omega2 omega2 6 years
these look SO delicious! I think this is something that'd be cool to make for people at my office...or just for myself! :-)
drmiya drmiya 7 years
Thanks, Yum! :) They were SO worth the work!! I will definitely bake these again.... Delicious!!
Food Food 7 years
Hi drmiya, There are always the stubborn ones! You can try to roast them a little longer or just make sure it is ground well and no one will notice a little skin!;) I hope you love them as much as me! Good Luck!
drmiya drmiya 7 years
Taking the skins off the nuts is SO much harder than it looks/ sounds. I just spent the last 30 minutes trying and I'm still not done. I must be missing something here.....
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 7 years
oooh definitely going to make this! :)
Food Food 7 years
My mistake the roasted nuts once the skins have removed should be ground in a food processor or finely chopped. The ingredient list calls for ground nuts but I am sorry for any confusion! I have fixed it! ;)
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
lovely presentation! i wish i had time to make these right now so i can eat them :)
kimberley kimberley 7 years
I agree with you, bvfashion, it definitely looks like a step is missing! I tried to play detective and find the recipe online elsewhere (no luck) or to find a similar recipe, and the best I could come up with was to put the skinned roasted nuts in a food processor and grind very fine.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
and my cookie craving has returned. thank you Yum. My uncle makes these, amongst other delights, for his christmas presents. Tins of sweets. Ugh, I cannot wait. So yummy.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 7 years
my mom used to make these for my aunt every year, and I wasn't allowed to eat a single one, even though they looked so good. :(
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
Sounds great!
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
In the pictures of the cookies, the hazelnuts look like they've been smashed, but there is no mention of it in the recipe. Are they supposed to be smashed before being stirred into the cookie dough?
smellanny smellanny 7 years
mmm sounds yummy! when i make the peanut butter ones, instead of a hershey's kiss i'll sometimes use a reese's mini peanut butter cup. wonder how it would taste with the hazelnut... too much going on or a good combo?
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 7 years
they look beautiful! adding this to my favorites....
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ooh, I'm so making these! I bet they taste like Nutella and if that's the case, I'm betting they'll be absolutely delicious.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I've made the peanut butter kiss cookies for Christmas ever since I can remember, but this looks like a good variation to mix it up a little bit.
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