This is a quick recipe from "Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies Special Publication 2000". I've made it a million times and my family thinks it takes alot of work to make them. SHHHHH!! I usually double the filling recipe and I pipe it into the tarts with my pastry bag (star tip) to make them look even more elegant. I also make them in advance and freeze them.
These cookies are so dainty and pretty that I served them at my daughter's birthday tea. When I make them during the year, I use multicolored sprinkles on top rather than the crushed candy canes. They are on my "must have" list at Christmas. They are always the first to go at a party. I've had several people say, "I just can't stop eating them". Best eaten within about 2 days of baking. Note that dough does need to be chilled for about an hour before baking.
My sister's co-worker brought these to a party and they were quite a hit. I don't know where the recipe came from originally.
"Bark" is an artificial chocolate or vanilla candy coating/confectioner's coating used to make a treat called almond bark and can be found at most grocery stores near the chocolate chips.
You can use chocolate chips and white chocolate chips if you don't have almond bark, but I have found that almond bark melts better and is easier to work with.
This candy is a must for gifts, parties, or special occasions, especially if your time is limited.
NOTE: The butterscotch chips will NOT melt. When they are soft, they look shiney. Do not overcook, as the chocolate will burn.
You may use more peanuts if desired. I usually throw in more to make sure the last pieces have some nuts in them.
This is more of a technique for differently shaped cookies than a recipe. Of course, your own favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie dough can be used instead of the purchased dough. The cookie bakes up around each kiss in the muffin tin. It is almost like a chocolate filled cookie. The recipe was adapted from Pampered Chef.
These cookies come from the (now deceased) mother of a friend. My copy of the recipe is in her handwriting and is very much a treasure. Most people believe that the cookie contains dates, not prunes. I don't bother to correct most. They are so good; why spoil it for them? (hehe)