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 always return to the Hershey’s original recipe that 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 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 flour mixture into peanut butter until all the ingredients until combined and 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 oven and immediately top each cookie with a kiss, pressing down so the cookie cracks slightly around edges of the kiss.

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

Makes 48.


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