SEALED WITH A KISS

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Book of Christmas Virtues

Sealed with a Kiss

Christmas is a wonderful time to share a favorite treat with a friend. Whip this up in triple batches and give them with a smile.

Kiss Kringles

¾ cup sugar

2 sticks softened butter

2 cups sifted flour

1 cup finely chopped pecans

8-ounce bag of chocolate candy kisses powdered sugar for dusting

Cream together sugar and butter until smooth. Stir in flour; fold in pecans. Seal dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes.

Remove foil from chocolate kisses. Completely cover each chocolate with enough dough to make a 1-inch ball. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes at 350°, until lightly firm.

Sift powdered sugar over tops while still warm. Makes 2½ dozen cookies.

Be extra kind: Package your cookies in decorator tins, on holiday trays, or in napkin-lined sewing baskets, small ice buckets, or cheery pottery bowls.

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