In my family, food is a huge part of holidays, especially Christmas. Christmas Eve is filled with traditional southern Italian seafood dishes (seven different types, to be specific), Christmas Day usually involves baked brie, and everyone has their own set of Christmas cookies and fudges to offer to the mix.
One type of cookie that I look forward to the most is the silvertop: a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss nestled on top.
The recipe is old and makes literally dozens. (I’ve never bothered to count the finished number, but let’s just say that one typical-sized bag of Hershey kisses isn’t enough for all of the cookies.) And, unfortunately, since they’re my favorite, I often eat the majority of them. Yeah, not good. At least I’ve been keeping up with jogging this year or I’d probably have a solid extra five pounds right now.
Want to them out for yourself? The recipe is below. Warning: They are addictive.
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter (any kind is good, but the more natural/organic kinds are fantastic)
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 bags of Hershey kisses (there will be some leftovers)
Melt the butter, add into a mixing bowl, and add the sugars and eggs first. Then mix in everything else except for the Hershey kisses until it’s all well-mixed.
Put the mixture into the fridge for about an hour, but don’t surpass 3 or the dough will be hard to work with.
Roll the cold dough into balls. Mine are usually about half the size of a golf ball, but they can easily be bigger.
Once all of the dough has been rolled into balls, put the balls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. As soon as the cookies are done, take them off the cookie sheet and put the Hershey kiss on top. The easiest way is to twist it as you push it down. Let them cool for a while until the Hershey kisses are hard again.
What’s your favorite Christmas treat?