My family is full of readers and whenever we get together (rarer times now since I live in Alaska and everyone else is in California), my mother rereads us our favorite children’s books. Laura Joffe Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was a favorite for me and my sisters, and now my niece and nephew love it just as much. Even better, there’s a companion cookbook which has a family favorite recipe: Cousin Bitsy’s Smooches (or, as they’re known in my family, Chocolate Smoochies). The recipe is simple and addictive.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup softened margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
approximately 30 unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses
Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit (175 degree Celsisus or Gas Mark 4).
Mix together all the ingredients except the Kisses.
Drop one-inch balls of dough onto a greased/parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press a chocolate Kiss into the top of each cookie.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bottom edges of the cookie are golden brown.
Cool cookies on a wire rack (to avoid molten chocolate Kiss burns).
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