November 18, 2012

Fudgy Bon Bons

This weekend's cookie insanity comes to a close with my 3rd and last batch in as many days.  These are definitely my favorite cookies; a guilty pleasure I save for the holidays that make Christmas sooo special.  They're best served warm and gooey.  Fair warning: you will be asked to make these again.  They're so good, they deserve the extra large photo treatment.  Omg I'm drooling.

  • 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional; I leave them out)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 60 unwrapped Hershey hugs candy kisses
  • 2 ounces white chocolate chips (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium pan, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter over low heat.  Stir until chips are melted and smooth.  Add sweetened condensed milk and mix well.  Remove from heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, nuts, chocolate mixture, and vanilla.  If mixing by hand, be ready to put some muscle into it.  This dough gets strong by the end!
  4. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough around each Hershey kiss, covering completely.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  If dough begins to crumble as you're working, warm it up by kneading in your hands before pressing around the kiss.  If you still have a lot of dough to work through, you can microwave the bowl for just a few seconds and stir to make it pliable again.
  5. Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Cookies will be soft and appear shiny, but will become firm as they cool.  Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.
  6. Melt white chocolate chips and oil in a baggie in the microwave, heated for 30 seconds or until the chips are melted.  Tilt the bag left and right to incorporate oil and chips thoroughly.  Snip a small corner off the bottom of the baggie and drizzle the glaze over the cooled bon bons. 
  7. Alternatively, you could melt the chips and oil in a bowl, and drizzle the glaze on the bon bons with a spoon.

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