Friday, February 13, 2015

Hogs and Kisses - REPOST!

 Remember these Hogs and Kisses Cookies?  These were one of the first recipe I posted 5 years ago!  I thought it was time to give them a little make-over and a few other ingredients you can use to make the hogs.

1-3/4 c flour
1/2 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c shortening
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs milk
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
Chocolate Kisses
1/2 batch of butter-cream frosting (also found below)
red food coloring
Ingredients for hogs:
eyes- mini m&m's, mini chocolate chips, or raisins
nose- large marshmallow (white or pink), butterscotch, peanut butter, or white chocolate chips
ears- small conversation hearts or strawberry wafer cookies.

Combine all the ingredients, except the candy in a big mixing bowl until dough forms. Shape dough into 1" balls. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Immediately top each cookie with a candy kiss; press down firmly until the cookie cracks around the edge.

For the hogs: Do not top with a candy kiss, leave these plain. Cool completely then frost with a little bit of frosting tinted pink. Add two mini M&M's, mini chocolate chips, or raisins for the eyes. For the nose: a marshmallow cut in half with two peanut butter or butterscotch or white chocolate chips for nostrils. And the ears are two conversation hearts or wafer cookies cut into triangles.

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
2 Tbs cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla (preferably clear)
4 cups powdered sugar
2-3+ Tbs Whipping Cream (or milk)*

Beat butter until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and cream.  Whip until frosting reaches a light and airy texture (5 minutes)

*Add more cream to if frosting is too thick.  If frosting is too thin, just add more powdered sugar, until you reach the consistency you're looking for.

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