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Dean's kiss cookies and apple cider recipe

Dean's Apple Cider and
Kiss Cookies

Slow-Cooker Mulled Apple Cider Ingredients
(Makes 8 Servings)

  • 2 quarts good quality apple cider
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 orange (sliced)

​Method

  1. Place cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth and tie with a string to form a bag.  
  2. Place cider and brown sugar in a 3 quart slow cooker and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add spice bag. Place orange slices on top. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag before serving.

 

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional granulated sugar
  • Approx. 36 Hershey's kisses milk chocolates, unwrapped 

Method

  1. Heat over to 375 degrees. 
  2. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder until dough forms.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Pour additional sugar on a plate and roll balls in sugar, then place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. 
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  6. Remove cookie sheets from oven and immediately press one Kiss in center of each cookie.
  7. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

Note: The warm cookies will slightly soften the Kisses.  Allow to cool thoroughly so the Kisses can harden again.