Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies (aka – Peanut Butter Blossoms)

Growing up we called these Peanut Butter Blossoms, but most people seem to refer to them as “kiss cookies”.  These are not an original idea of course, but I have found the best peanut butter dough recipe.  I found this several years ago on Pinterest before Pinterest was that well known of and it was one of the first successful pins I had.  I used to just buy the pre-packaged peanut butter Pillsbury dough, but they didn’t rise well and the flavor was just “eh”.

We made these quite a bit during Christmas for various celebrations and parties, but these are so good year round.  We’ll be making these again for the kids Valentine’s parties.

I used this recipe from Bakergirl, but obviously leave off the m&m’s and pretzels.  I just use the dough recipe. I tried the entire recipe years ago, but didn’t have much luck with the “reindeer” part of this recipe. My antlers, eyes and nose kept falling off.  But, I loved the dough so I’ve used it for other recipes.

What ya need (most of this list copied from Bakergirl):

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • sugar
  • Hershey Kisses

What ya do (most of this recipe copied from Bakergirl):

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.  (I can get about 24 of these from one batch.)
  • Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Roll balls in sugar to coat completely.
  • Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until just beginning to brown.
  • Once slightly brown, take them out of the oven and immediately push a Hershey kiss in the middle.
  • Let them sit a couple minutes then transfer them to a cookie rack to cool.
  • Try desperately not to eat all of them in one sitting!!! Enjoy!
We made lots of these this month...probably around 100.

We made lots of these this month…probably around 100.

Cookies and milk for Santa and oatmeal for the reindeer.

Cookies and milk for Santa and oatmeal for the reindeer.

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