Isn’t it weird how certain aromas and smells instantly transport you to a specific time and place?
Growing up, my grandmother always made these classic, chewy, rich peanut butter cookies topped with a perfect chocolate garnish, each year for Christmas time. When I made these in my own kitchen, it was like being teleported right back to my parents’ kitchen, waiting for Santa Claus to come.
These cookies are pretty much a breeze to make- the most annoying part for me was unwrapping the Kisses. However if you have kids/someone super high-maintenance in your life, this is a great way to get them involved.
I recently made these beautiful cookies to bring to work, and I’m glad I did, because if they had stayed at home I’d have eaten them all. I’m a big fan of dark chocolate Kisses, but you can feel free to use any kind. I bet the almond-filled ones would go great here!
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
- 36-48 Hershey Kisses (start with 36- unwrap more if necessary. If you end up with extra, they’re good for a special treat!)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Granulated sugar
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, and store in the fridge if you like.
My favorite way to eat these cookies is to eat around the kiss, then pop it off and eat that. Then you’re left with the dense, pushed-down cookie part- super decadent and total noms!
What smells transport you back in time?