Monday, December 16, 2013

Peanut Blossoms

These famous Holiday time cookies are a mainstay in many homes across the US.

I know as kids we looked forward to topping these soft, chewy peanut butter cookies, with a chocolate star or kiss, warm from the oven.

Today, my own children, love to do the same thing. 

According to the Hershey website: In 1957, Freda Smith from Gibsonburg, Ohio pressed a Hershey Kiss into a peanut butter cookie and history was made! This cookie did not win the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, but it become a huge star in the cookie world!
Peanut Blossom is the official title of this classic cookie but it goes by lots of different names including Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie and Hershey Kiss Cookie to name just a few.

We used the Brach's chocolate star in our recipe.  


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

48 chocolate stars or candy kisses-unwrapped


Heat oven to 375°F. 

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, softened butter and peanut butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. 

Add egg, vanilla and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. (If dough is too soft, refrigerate 30-60 minutes.) Roll balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8-9 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. 

Immediately press 1 chocolate star or kiss in center of each cookie. Return to the oven for 2 minutes and then remove to cooling racks.

Cool completely until chocolate is set before storing. 

This recipe is shared on My Link Parties