The idea came from this conversation while we were looking at some photos of art cakes that my sister Sherry made… And a fairly easy Christmas cookie recipe that V found in a cookbook I got from an event.
V: Aww, I wish you could bake like tita Sherry.
Me: Hmmm. I never bake. It’s very hard to bake. You have to measure everything exactly. It’s messy. We have no pans, no tools… (voice trails off with more excuses)
V: Hmm… Can I try baking?
Me: SURE! (thought bubble: whew, please don’t try to talk me into it!)
V: Really? Yay!
The other two – Patch and Nate – were excited with the new project too so off we went to the supermarket to buy their materials.
We have a kiddie cookbook at home called The Witchkins (by Mel Martinez-Francisco) that I got from the ladies of Tomatis Philippines when I attended an event at their Rockwell center. It’s got some really easy recipes and this Christmas cookie recipe –Secret Kisses for Santa- is perfect for my newbie bakers.
We all agreed to make the Secret Kisses for Santa recipe because it’s primarily egg-free (Nate is allergic to eggs). We also bought some white chocolate to substitute the Kisses in some pieces too. So even if it isn’t Christmas, and Santa is most probably enjoying himself in some sunny getaway, we decided on doing this one.
SECRET KISSES FOR SANTA – Christmas Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 28 Hershey’s Kisses (Cookies and Cream flavor), unwrapped
- several squares of a white chocolate bar (for Nate!)
- powdered sugar, sifted
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F.
Nate was happy with his primary role: unwrapping the chocolates and cutting the bar into squares… and occasionally sneaking in a white square to his mouth.
Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. (We don’t have an electric mixer so the little arms went to work. I did, however, promise V that I would buy an electric mixer if she sustains her interest in baking.)
Step 3: Gradually add the flour. Mix on low speed until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Step 4: Shape 1 tbsp of dough over each Hershey’s Kisses (or white chocolate square), making sure it is covered completely.
We’re ready to roll – wrap the chocolate pieces with dough; form dough into balls; roll balls in powdered sugar.
Step 5: Form into a ball.
Step 6: Roll in powdered sugar.
Step 7: Place on cookie sheets, one inch apart.
Step 8: Bake for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overbake! (They firm up as they cool.) Let cool.
The cookies are cooling. (Rectangular ones have white chocolate squares, reserved for Nate.)
They’re a bit too sweet for my adult taste, but perfect for the kids’. I am going to cut the sugar next time we do this. But wow, this Christmas cookie recipe was super easy. And the kids are super happy with how their first baking project turned out. More coming!