My mom and I have been making peanut blossoms for Christmas as long as I can remember. I mean, it’s basically the best Christmas cookie well…ever. Honestly, how can you deny the amazingness that is a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey Kiss on top?
Yesterday, we baked over fourteen dozen peanut blossoms. I never said, we didn’t have a problem. To be fair, the majority of them are being given away, otherwise my family would probably have to be removed from our house by a forklift if we ate them all ourselves.
If you have never tried a peanut blossom, and/or you aren’t completely sick and tired of holiday baking, and you aren’t deathly allergic to nuts or chocolate, then do yourself a favor, and make this recipe before the year is out.
Peanut Blossoms Recipe from All Recipes
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar for decoration
2 (9 ounce) bags milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, 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. (Tip: Make sure you have unwrapped your kisses because you want to put them in the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven!)
- Bake for 10 to 12 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 (Tip: It will take more than two hours for the Kiss to harden completely!).
It was especially easy making these this year because my mom and I have made them so many times, it has become like second nature. Also, ever since my mom (who hates cooking) started getting into decorating and baking cakes, everything seemed to go faster – and when you are making 14 dozen cookies…it’s good to know what you are doing.
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Do you bake cookies for the holidays?