December 21, 2015

Best-Ever Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Every year, the peanut butter blossom cookies I bake are a huge hit. No matter how many dozens I make, it's never enough. The peanut buttery cookies topped with a chocolate kiss simply vanish as if by magic, quicker than Santa pops down the chimney to deliver Christmas gifts. If I should dare to set a peanut butter blossom out on Santa's treat plate, a quick hand snatches it up before the kids are even nestled all snug in their beds. Poor Santa. Maybe one year he'll get lucky enough to try one.

If you'd like to whip up a batch for him at your house (or just enjoy them yourself) here's the simple yet scrumptious recipe. My recipe is a bit different from the rest I've seen as it has more peanut butter and vanilla but less salt. It gives the cookies a richer, more peanut buttery taste. Be sure to get extra chocolate kisses when you make these. I guarantee you some of those are going to "disappear" while you're baking if your house is anything like mine.

Other Cookie Recipes
Be sure to check out my recipes for these other great holiday cookie treats:
Big & Chewy Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Meltaway Spritz Butter Cookies
Snickerdoodle Specials 
Colonial Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies (Coming soon!)

Baking Tricks
These are the silicone baking mats I use for cookies and LOVE. They are also great for cooking chicken and other foods in the oven. The baking sheets hold up well, I've had my set for a few years now. I'd be lost without my KitchenAid mixer, attachments and a good set of wooden spoons, too!

Best-Ever Peanut Butter Blossoms

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert peanut butter chocolate Christmas cookie American fall spring summer winter

Ingredients (4 dozen)

    For cookies
    • 1 cup peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    For rolling
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    On top
    • 48 unwrapped chocolate kisses


    Combine sugars, butter and peanut butter. Cream together until light and fluffy.
    Add egg, vanilla and salt, beating until well mixed
    Stir together flour and baking soda
    Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture, mixing continually
    Dough will be crumbly
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls
    Roll through sugar
    Place on cookie sheet about two inches apart
    Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes
    When the dough is set and you have one minute left to bake, remove the cookies from the oven and press the chocolate kisses down into each
    Bake for the remaining minute (this allows the kisses to melt into the cookies a bit and adhere better)
    Remove from oven and put the cookies onto a cooling rack right away
    Store in an air-tight container
    Cookies keep for awhile so can be made ahead

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