Jody Victor Has a Treat for Your Valentine

Who doesn’t like chocolate kisses? These cookies are a double treat for you and your Valentine…

Cappuccino Love Bites

Ingredients

1 cup butter-flavor shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 Tbsp coffee-flavor liqueur or milk
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp instant coffee crystals
48 milk chocolate kisses with stripes or almonds

Directions

1. Beat shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, liqueur, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. If necessary, cover and chill dough in the refrigerator about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and coffee crystals. Roll dough balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

3. Bake in preheated oven about 10 minutes or until tops are cracked and sides are set; do not let edges brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cooke. If desired, while chocolate is still warm, swirl it gently using your finger or with a knife. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Makes 48 cookies.

4. To store: Place cookies in layers separated by pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container: cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies if frozen, before serving.