Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saint Nicholas Purse Cookies

I printed this recipe a couple years ago after seeing it shared by Amy Heyd, author of Saints at the Dinner Table.  I just loved the idea, but I never got around to baking them until today.

The cookies turned out darling, not to mention sooooo yummy, and they will make a perfect addition to our St. Nicholas Celebration tomorrow.  I think I might just have to make them again for Christmas!

Saint Nicholas Purse Cookies


1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup corn starch
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
24 Hershey's Kisses filled with Mint Truffle
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
about 2 teaspoons powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 350º. In large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar together on low until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for 1 minute on low speed.

Sift the flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture. Mix on low speed for about 3 minutes. The mixture will look crumbly at first and then suddenly it will begin to blend together. When the dough forms into a ball it is ready.

Lightly roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball.  (I used the small scoop from Pampered Chef and was able to make 30 cookies.)  Press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each ball and mold the dough up to shape a cookie that looks like a cinched bag (they settle during baking).

Optional: To further enchance the appearance of a bag, you may want to place mini chocolate chips like a tie around the cinched part of the cookie.

One of my sons walked by at this stage and said "Oh, neat!  Those look like money bags!"  :-)

Adding the mini chocolate chips is so much fun for little helpers! 

Place the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350º oven until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for one minute before placing on a cookie rack to cool. When cookies are cool, dust with powdered sugar.

This recipe is easily doubled, as there are plenty of Hershey kisses in a package.

Wishing you and your families a very blessed
 Feast of St. Nicholas! 

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  1. Oh, so neat! They look wonderful! I love how you do so much great baking with your children!

  2. Thanks Jenn! I am enjoying it more than ever, now that we have a DISHWASHER for the first time in 11 years! :-)

  3. LOVE the aprons with the CC logo. Way to go! Yum.

  4. We just made these today also! So very easy and fun. I had extra dough because we doubled the recipe, (also used PC's small scoop), so I dug around and found some caramel Rolo's which also worked. The mini chocolates look great too. We'll have to try that next time. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. These sound wonderful ... I was thinking I would try something along the lines of sticking a marshmallow in the center (like resurrection cookies) so that when the marshmallow melts it leaves a hole to be filled with "gold").

    I might just do yours this year and try that next year!


  6. Do you think these would work with mini Snickers instead of the Hershey's Kisses?

  7. Though I love the idea of the "mint" representing the money (aka: mint) in the "purse", mini-snickers would probably work. I am not sure if they would "settle" like the Hershey Kisses though. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it worked out for you.