Hidden kisses

1 c margarine, softened — this is one recipe where I actually use some margarine, not just applesauce
1 c applesauce
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
4 dozen chocolate kisses, unwrapped
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Cream margerine (beat with electric mixer ’til it’s creamy). Gradually add applesauce and sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; mix well. Add flour and cocoa, mixing well. Chill dough at least 2 hours, or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wrap 1 Tablespoon of dough around each chocolate kiss; roll in your hand to form a ball. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Let cool slightly on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack to let cool completely. If desired, dip tops in confectioners’ sugar when slightly cool. Can be frozen.

Yield: About 4 dozen cookies…except when I made these yesterday, I only got 2 dozen. Not sure what happened.


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