Our family has been making these cookies forever and they are a favorite. I recently found milk chocolate/caramel kisses and tried them and also they are selling dark chocolate kisses in addition to the milk chocolate (which were the original). I experimented today with the caramel and the dark chocolate. I think the caramel kisses are too light to bake into a cookie -they leaked after chilling the kisses balls for almost an hour.
8 oz. butter
1/2 cup sugar (I see notes you can use 1/4 cup honey, I tried 1/2 powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup nuts, we use pecans but I think any kind would be fine, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar together, add vanilla. Lower the speed and add flour and then the nuts. You can chill the dough, in fact, I think it is better to chill the dough. Unwrap kisses-the recipe says it makes 40-it can vary as to how much dough you wrap around the kisses.
Take a small amount of dough and flatten in your palm, put the kiss in the dough and roll the dough into a ball around the kiss. You can chill the pan of cookies or bake. If you are using the caramel kisses, you must chill them. The dark chocolate kisses are fine to go straight into the oven.