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
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.