This cookie is unusual for me in that it's not an ultra-sweet cookie. Either that or I've gone and killed my taste buds doing all this baking. You know how elderly people need to pile on the salt to taste it as they lose their sense of taste? That will be me and the sugar someday. Anyway...because this base is a shortbread cookie, the kiss really gets to be the shining star of the cookie. Kinda like Jesus in the manger...star of the show! Enjoy:
Caramel Kiss Shortbread Blossoms
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Caramel-Filled Hershey Kisses
Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Beat in vanilla. Add baking powder and mix until well-combined. Gradually add flour, mixing until just combined. Stir in pecans.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I hope by now you know to just use that cookie scoop!) and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Remove from pan and let cool completely on cooling racks. Makes about 48.