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A cautionary tale…

Do you remember the two children who were lured into the forest with the promise of un-ending candy? Don’t let this happen to you. Always carry your own candy!

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You deserve Kisses for Valentine’s Day

Sure…Valentines day is about love, and your sweetie, but it should also just be about you and your love of sweets.

These cookies are hard to beat, and are sooo easy. It’s surprising that I don’t see them more often. Bring a plate of these to the office or to a potluck, and you’ll be the belle (or whatever is the male equivalent) of the ball.

I have made all of the versions of these, from the recipe that uses Bisquick and condensed milk (not good) , to the one that just used flour sugar and peanut butter (yuk).

This recipe below is the one that my family likes best, I have tweaked a few things so they are the way I like them. You can make a whole batch in a little more than 1 hour.

HERSHEY KISS COOKIES    

1/2 c. butter (unsalted is best, but salted works fine)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 egg
2 Tablespoons of milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour*
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white sugar for rolling
Un-wrapped Hershey Kisses, 1 for each cookie

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, both sugars and peanut butter.
Add egg, milk and vanilla.
3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mix to butter mix.

4. Refrigerate dough in bowl for 30 minutes. Unwrap the kisses while dough is chilling.

5. Form into 1 inch balls. Roll in white sugar, and place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are just a little brown.
Remove from oven, and press a Kiss into each cookie.Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then move cookies to cooling racks.

*Updated note: If you want the cookies to be chewier, decrease the flour by 1/4 cup.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Thanks to Hershey for the photo.

Raspberry Lindor Balls, have you tried these?

Raspberry and chocolate are a perfect pairing.

My friend Rebecca gave me a ceramic owl canister filled with these, and now I’m hooked.

They are much better than plain Lindor balls. The outside is a mild dark chocolate and the center is raspberry flavored milk chocolate, or maybe it’s dark chocolate, but it’s just plain good. They come wrapped in pink.

I don’t know if these are just made for Valentine’s day because they are really hard to locate. I’ve visited all of the local grocery stores and they are out of stock. Next I’ll check Bed, Bath and Beyond and TJ Maxx. Tip: Those are 2 good places to find seasonal candies. If you find them, treat yourself, and you’ll have a new favorite.

Epilog: My only complaint with Lindor balls, beside the word “balls”, is that they are a little too big. You can’t just pop one in your mouth, you’ll end up drooling, and looking silly.

Click here for a short lesson on the Lindt company.

Valentine Chocolates- the good, bad, and ugly

The next 2 weeks will be a full assault of chocolate, and everywhere you look you’ll see hearts.

All holiday candies have their heroes and hobos, and Valentine’s Day has some of the best (and worst) of both kinds.

Let’s start with the GOOD ones…

My favorites are the simplest ones. The Red Foil wrapped chocolate hearts, and you can’t go wrong with See’s.

Any hand made, or artsy chocolate tastes better when it’s presented in a pretty box. Just look at these from Burdick’s, Sucre, and Norman Love. All are incredible on their own, and the packaging makes them even better if that was possible…

Now let’s move onto the BAD, shall we?

Do you like sickenly sweet syrup surrounded by sub-par chocolate. Do you like strange lumps in said syrup? Do you like the syrup to explode out of its center, and possibly squirt out of your mouth? Then these are for you…

Yes, the Cherry Cordial has all of the above qualities, and more. These are the cheap, no-tell motels, of chocolates. Seriously? Who eats these things?

So let’s round this tri-fecta out with the UGLY…

These boxes are sentimental, charming, and ugly. The tops of the boxes resemble casket lining and/or toddler beauty queen dresses. The candy inside is a weird assortment of cremes, nut clusters, and other stomach turning confections. To top it off,  there is only one lonely caramel in the whole bunch. What gives?

However, the thought that goes along with the gift is very sweet, so we can give these boxes a pass.

So this Valentine’s Day treat your sweetie, or yourself to some outstanding chocolates and leave the Cherry Cordials for the grocery outlet.