I’m ready for the holiday season and I don’t even care. We’re a third of the way through November and that’s enough. It’s 34º right now, so it’s certainly appropriate.
Time for some holiday cookies! I didn’t even know if they still sold Hershey’s Hugs, but good news. They do.
Step 1: Gather ingredients: Flour, light brown sugar, Hugz, salt, nutmeg, molasses, egg, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, vanilla, sanding sugar, butter.
We haven’t started decorating yet, but I definitely plugged in the tree-scented Wallflower.
Step 2: Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
I lost my whisk. I only have this tiny one. It’s about 3 inches long by 3/4 inch wide.
Step 3: Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 4: Add molasses, egg, and vanilla.
This looked really gross for a while.
Step 5: Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined.
Step 6: Shape dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
4 hours?! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Ugh. 4 hours was going to be too late, so overnight it is.
Step 7: Get up at the crack of dawn to finish.
Step 8: Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar.
I only had a tiny bit of sanding sugar left, so I mixed it with the regular ol’ granulated kind.
They still looked okay, I guess.
Step 9: Bake, then remove from oven and immediately press a Hug into the center of each cookie.
I had a few that melted. GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN, REJECT!
Looking good so far (mostly)!
Don’t touch those!
We’re safe. He got down.
I’m excited to share these. I have a ton and they’re good.
Link to original recipe (McCormick again)
I got: 72 (only 67 had Hugs. I ran out.)
Start time: 4:25 Monday
End time: 8:35 Tuesday (16 hours, 10 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 4 hours, 30 mins
What did I learn?
- The cookies melt if the dough isn’t really cold.
- Christmas music sounds great this time of year and I’m not ashamed.
What do I need to learn?
- How do you lose a whisk?
I went on a run yesterday before I baked and it was painfully cold. Gotta do it, though. 6 months until my first half marathon!
They look amazing! Save a couple for Dad and I please.
These are adorable – thanks for sharing!
The cookie was soft and delicious. Thanks for sharing!
Amazing delicious they were!