Blend first five ingredients well. Refrigerate for one hour until dough is firm.
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
13/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 6-ounce package chocolate kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wrap enough dough around each unwrapped kiss to cover completely, and shape into a ball. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Roll in confectioners’ sugar while still warm.
Store in airtight container.
Reader note: I like to freeze the kisses before I bake them so they retain their shape and consistency. For an extra surprise, I also like to use the different varieties of kisses now available (i.e., caramel, dark chocolate, almond, etc.).
Times testing notes: We tried freezing the chocolate candies but liked them better a little softer. To each his own on this one!
Source: Deborah Surman-Hobbs, Clearwater