Day 9: Peanut Butter Blossoms

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21.12.08

Only 4 more days til Christmas! Eeeekk that means I have to do all of my bulk baking for my gift baskets/boxes tomorrow. I’ll be in the kitchen all day long, so expect the end of my countdown within the next two days. I baked these cookies for my friend’s fondue party that she was throwing, and everyone LOVED them! Even on top of all the food we ate for the cheese & chocolate fondue (trust me.. we had A LOT! For the cheese fondue: wedge fries, ham, broccoli, cauliflower, bread, pretzels, & tomatoes. For the chocolate fondue: strawberries, pineapples, bananas, pretzels, & rice crispy treats.), people still had room for these cookies. They even smuggled some home for the road! That must mean that they’re good.

Day 9 of my 12 Days of Cookies: Peanut Butter & chocolate… almost as good of a combination as mint & chocolate. These cookies take a bit more effort, but are totally worth it in the end. They are extremely soft cookies (my favorite), yet they can hold up when being stacked upon one another. The peanut butter ratio is the perfect amount.. not too overwhelming, but you definitely taste it. The Hershey’s kiss just tops it off.. give someone a kiss this Christmas!

You can vary this recipe by omitting the kiss if you wanted just a plain peanut butter cookie. You can also change your kind of kiss (swirled, filled, white chocolate, dark chocolate.. the list is endless!) to better suit your taste. There are a TON of different kinds out there! You can even do red and green swirled ones for the holidays. I halved this recipe and made a little over 2 dozen.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar for decoration
  • 2 (9 ounce) bags milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and stir in the milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture until well blended. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to12 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. Allow to cool completely; the kiss will harden as it cools.

6 comments :

  • Anonymous

    Hi.

    I somehow came across your page.
    its funny that you dropped out of law school but amazing at the save time.
    I understand your passion.
    Your cookies and food look BRILLIANT, taste wise should be the same.

    I need some help with baking.
    cos my cookies always don’t have the regular shape and are too thin and not crispy you know?
    I really can’t put my finger to the problem. so yes.
    I shall come back here searching for an answer.
    I shall try your recipes as well.

    Cheers.
    and have a good christmas.
    Regards
    Ashley :)

  • Kim

    hi there ashley! i didn’t actually drop out of law school.. i’m not even in law school or have ever been. i’m a senior at UCLA, doing my undergrad work there. my profile is just implying that my life is like the girl in the movie.. (she drops out of law school to open her own bakery in the movie). I’m planning on finishing school and getting my bachelor’s before doing anything professionally baking related.

    thank you so much for the kind words! i can try and help you on your baking escapades, feel free to email me anything at kim@lovintheoven.com have a great holiday!

  • capri-lala

    hi!

    these cookies look precious!
    will it be any different if i didnt add the shortening into the recipe?

    -Crystal

  • Anonymous

    HI~

    I have made these cookies for years and save yourself some time. You don’t need to grease the cookie sheet. These are some of the best cookies everyone loves them.

  • Rachel

    Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite! But I’ve found that using other kinds of kisses, mainly filled ones, doesn’t work out because they melt very quickly into a bloc. Have you with this?

  • Claudia

    hi Kim! I’d like to make these cookies for my bf (he L-O-V-E-S PB!!) but wanted to ask you a couple questions before… just to make sure i don’t screw them up lol!!

    Instead of doing half cup shortening/half cup butter, is it possibile to just do one cup of butter?

    Also, do you think they would still be good if instead of putting the kiss on top I mixed in some Hershey’s milk chocolate chip into the dough? How much do you think would be enough?

    thank you!!!
    Claudia

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