Hidden hugs cookies

Yield: 48 Cookies

Measure Ingredient
1 pack HERSHEY'S HUGS or HUGS WITH ALMONDS chocolates (8 oz)
1 cup Butter or margarine, softened (2 sticks)
½ cup Powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2¼ cup All-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Toasted almonds, finely ground (see note)
Additional powdered sugar

Heat oven to 400'F. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar amd vanilla until well blended. Stir together flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Add nuts; blend well. Mold scant tablespoon dough around each chocolate piece, covering completely.

Shape into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely.

Before serving, roll again in powdered sugar, if desired.

NOTE: To toast almonds, heat oven to 350'F. Spread almonds in thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown; cool.

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