Back in November, my parents went via the US for my cousins wedding on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately I couldn’t go as it was during term time and couldn’t take my son out of school nursery, but my parents did think of me while they were away though, and brought us back some goodies, including these, Hersheys Almond Kisses.Until this month, I didn’t know what to do with them, as I’m not fond of Hersheys Chocolate, apart from the Cookies & Cream, Caramel or Mint Kisses. Fortunately for me though, the Alphabakes challenge for this month was the letter “H”, and the We Should Cocoa challenge was “Chocolate and Almond”! I could enter two baking challenges for the price of one! I really do prefer Almond Kisses used in baking this way to just on their own, and will bake these again.
Here is my recipe for Hersheys Almond Kiss Cookies.
- 115g Softened Unsalted Butter
- 150g Golden Caster Sugar – 50g of which is kept back for decoration
- 60g Soft Light Brown Sugar
- 50g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1tsp Almond Extract
- 250g Plain Flour
- 1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Approximately 40 Hersheys Almond Kisses (you may want to have more for nibbling at)
Place the butter, light and dark brown sugars, and 100g of the caster sugar in a mixer.
Mix until combined, and then add the egg and almond extract.
Mix until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl to make sure that everything is incorporated.
Refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour and then prepare to roll into balls!
Place the balls of cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet, and bake at 165degrees for about 12 minutes until a pale golden colour, turning the tray towards the end of baking to ensure an even bake if necessary.
While the cookies are in the oven, it is time to unwrap the Hersheys Almond Kisses!
As you can see from this picture, the residual warmth in the cookies melts the chocolate in the Kisses, but they do retain their shape. I refrigerated the cookies at this point, as I didn’t have time to wait for them to set back up before I took them to playgroup for the mums to try.