Springtime Kissing Baskets

  • 1 1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. vegetable shortening
  • 3 T. skim milk
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 48 assorted candy kisses

Combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat the mixture at medium speed until well blended. Add the egg and mix briefly to combine.

In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and beat at a low speed until blended.

Form 1-inch balls and press into a mini-muffin tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Form onto the bottom and up the sides of the cup. Chill the muffin tins for 30 minutes to firm the dough.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the chilled cookies for 10 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a single candy kiss into each "basket". I like to choose a variety of colors and flavors ... bright colors can be splendid for spring. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before gently turning them in the cups and lifting them out. Cool them completely and wrap in sets of four for a lovely addition to any Easter basket.

  • Yields: 48 cookies
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
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