One of our favorite holiday cookies is the Hidden Surprise Cookie. Nestled inside each buttery almond cookie is a chocolate fudge treasure. These cookies are a little extra work, so they only come out at Christmastime. Once you taste one, though, you’ll understand that the little extra work is so worth it! The original recipe calls for coarse colored sugar to decorate the outside, but we love a nice coating of cinnamon and sugar for ours.
Hidden Surprise Cookies
½ cup butter
¼ cup butter flavor shortening
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon melted butter
¼ teaspoon almond extract
Coarse color sugar or Cinnamon-Sugar
Beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and slat; beat till combined. Beat in egg, egg yolks, and vanilla till combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with a wooden spoon.
Transfer ¾ cup of the dough to a small bowl. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter. Beat well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Beat almond extract into remaining dough.
Mold about 1 tablespoon of the almond-flavored dough around each cocoa ball. Roll each ball in colored sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
Bake in a 375°F oven for 10 to 11 minutes or till bottoms are lightly browned. Cool cookies on pan for 1 minute; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely. Makes about 30 cookies.
Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture – Stir together 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar.