Hershey Center Bars

On one of the hot days of summer, I decided I should do a bunch of baking.  This is not the first time in my life or the first summer that this has happened.  I saw this recipe in the Shepherd of the Valley cookbook and knew I wanted to try it when the right occasion came up.  Last month I wanted to send some treats to a friend and these seemed perfect — a little melty, but able to hold up.  The cookie base was a little bit like shortbread, and the milk chocolate Hershey bars made for a great creamy contrast to the flaky, buttery crust.

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Hershey Center Bars

1 c butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 giant-size Hershey chocolate bars

Cream butter and sugar; add egg and vanilla.  Add flour and salt.  Put half of dough in a greased jelly roll pan, until almost to corners.  Put 3 Hershey bars on top, leaving 1/2 inch of dough all the way around.  Ease the other half of dough on top.  Seal sides with a fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool slightly, cut while still warm.

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