Going through left over Valentine's candy I found some Hershey Hugs for half price.
I thought to myself, "I need to make a cookie like a peanut butter blossom but with Hugs."
And thus the quest began.
I talked with my sister-in-law, a very good baker. I discussed things with my mom, another accomplished baker. I glanced through allrecipes.com, checked the index in multiple cookbooks, read the suggestions on the Hugs' bag, and I thought about what I wanted. It had to be chocolate and chewy like a brownie, but not a brownie. I also wanted to make something from scratch - not just make a brownie mix and pretend it was a cookie.
That's when the 1963 Betty Crocker's Cooky Book came through once again. I took old Betty's brownie recipe, made some modifications, experimented a bit, and ended up with a cookie I'm quite pleased with. It kinda looks like a brownie and it tastes like a brownie, but it's not as crumbly, gooey or sticky as brownies can be. So it travels like a cookie but tastes like a brownie.
2/3 C margarine, softened
4 Tbsp oil*
2 C + 1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 C + 2 tsp cocoa powder*
3 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 bag Hershey Hugs, unwrapped
Beat shortening, oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Separately mix cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.
Make small balls out of dough and place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
Place Hug in center of each cookie, softly pressing down on each one.
Allow cookie to cool on baking sheet.
*You can use 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and blended with shortening. Omit the cocoa and oil if using squares.
I hope you like it! Let me know if you try it and enjoy it. But don't tell me if you don't like it - I can't handle rejection.