Peanut Butter Blossoms


My love affair with making Christmas Cookies started when I was a little girl helping my mother bake cookies at Christmas. We made large quantities of my mother’s favorite recipes. To this day, I have continued the tradition of baking, baking, and more baking of delectable cookies.  Today I made a favorite cookie of my children when they were little. Peanut Blossoms are a fun cookie topped with a chocolate kiss. Who does love a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center? I love the taste of peanut butter meeting chocolate. I’ve tried different versions of this cookie, but I always return to Hershey’s original recipe I made so long ago.

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

48 chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl, mix beat shortening and peanut butter. Add sugars mixing until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

Gradually beat the flour mixture into peanut butter until all the ingredients combine and the dough forms. Shape a teaspoonful of dough into balls. Roll balls in additional sugar(1/2 cup).

Place on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden. Remove cookies from the oven and immediately top each cookie with a kiss, pressing down so the cookie cracks slightly around the edges of the kiss.

Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet letting cool completely.

Makes 48.



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