You know you’ve hit on something good when you have to make two batches of it in order to have enough for a complete photo shoot! And I still had to be careful of camera angles…
This recipe originated in my Ma’s kitchen, probably about 20 years ago. I told you she was “eating clean” before that was even a thing! I still have her handwritten recipe for these kisses on an index card, and the only changes I’ve made are to roll them in balls (she flattened them into cookies), reduce the maple syrup a tiny bit, and dip them in chocolate. This indulgence takes these kisses to a whole ‘notha level, and I’m sure Ma would approve. Of course, if you want to keep it simple, just skip the dip, and you won’t be disappointed. Well, you might be a little…
These kisses require only 5 ingredients and about 35 minutes to prepare, including the dipping. That’s pretty amazing for a Christmas cookie! They are vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and suitable for paleo diets (although I’m not sure cavemen had access to chocolate…)
The only slightly tricky part is forming the dough into balls (or mounds, or whatever shape you want,) because it’s really sticky! You can get around this by keeping a little dish of cold water by your bowl and dipping your fingers to keep the mixture from sticking to them too much.
Melt your dipping chocolate while you wait for your baked kisses to cool, then dip away! I dipped half in the chocolate, then used the tines of a fork to fling the rest of the chocolate on top. But do whatever suits you! Dip the whole thing if you like, or just glaze the top… whatever floats your boat.
I have to warn you, though- they’re addictive! They’re small and easy to pop into your mouth. I don’t normally have the urge to eat past my, ahem… “reasonable point of fullness”… but these little bites of heaven defy all sense of reason. The flavour and texture combination of sweet toasted pecans, chewy coconut, tart dried cranberries, rich dark chocolate, just a pinch of salt… well, they can be dangerous. There, you’re warned.
Now, go make them.