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Hidden Hugs Cookies

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Servings: 48
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

Ingredients:
1  pk  HERSHEY'S HUGS or HUGS WITH
    -ALMONDS chocolates (8 oz)
1  c  Butter or margarine,
    -softened (2 sticks)
1/2  c  Powdered sugar
1  t  Vanilla extract
2 1/4  c  All-purpose flour
1/4  ts  Salt
3/4  c  Toasted almonds, finely
    -ground (see note)
    Additional powdered sugar

Directions:
Heat oven to 400'F. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar amd vanilla until well blended. Stir together flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Add nuts; blend well. Mold scant tablespoon dough around each chocolate piece, covering completely. Shape into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely. Before serving, roll again in powdered sugar, if desired. NOTE: To toast almonds, heat oven to 350'F. Spread almonds in thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown; cool.


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