Sunday, January 07, 2007

the 34 cookies of Christmas: day 18

Day eighteen of the 34 cookies of Christmas 2006 focuses on a candy-like cookie that is small and dense, and full of flavor. These cookies first came to our attention approximately a decade ago, when we began baking holiday cookies with a dear friend. This was one of her family's favorite recipes, which we baked once prior to the recipe being misplaced and lost forever. Since that time, we have worked diligently to recreate the cookies made on that first occasion, with this year's result the closest we've come. These cookies are a flaky butter cookie, which envelop a hidden treasure-- a Hershey's Kiss, Kiss with Almonds, or Hug (tm). After baking, we drizzle these pointed gems with the finest quality Belgian white, milk, and dark chocolates. Their tiny size lends them perfectly to popping the entire cookie in one's mouth, and then letting it slowly dissolve... or, for those who can't wait, chomping it quickly and enjoying the medley of flavors-- vanilla, chocolate, and almonds. True to their ingredients, these cookies would make anyone want to kiss (or hug!) the baker!

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