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Ever since our post 25 days of Christmas Cookies I’ve been dreaming of two things: getting a Kitchen Aid mixer and Chocolate Star (or Peanut Butter Blossom) cookies. It was in the comment sections that wht member, Katie, suggested this yummy cookie. I mean all cookies are yummy, but this one is a peanut butter cookie, sprinkled with sugar and topped off by a Hershey Kiss! It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day cookie.
Way back in high school, my first real boyfriend’s Mom made a just such a cookie for her family and I loved them. Her version was based on a basic sugar cookie dough and she popped the kisses onto the cookie towards the end of baking, just for a minute of so, which somehow makes the chocolate taste even better. This was years before I began to think about things like asking for or jotting down a good recipe. When I tried to recreate them, since I didn’t have the exact sugar cookie recipe, they never tasted quite the same. Ever since, I always remembered the cookies almost as mistily as my high school love.
Katie says this recipe from the Hershey site (and best smelling city in America! with candy kiss shaped lights!) is her favorite cookie ever. How will it fare in the first ever we heart this kitchen test?
Peanut Butter Blossoms
* 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup REESE’S 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.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges.
** I removed the cookies at about the 7-minute mark, pressed a kiss into the each one and than put the sheet back into the oven for the final two minutes. You have to watch the cookies a bit more carefully, but it’s worth the effort!
5. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.
Oh my word! This is one delicious cookie, especially just out of the oven when the kiss was still gooey! The recipe is simple enough for even the most basic of bakers, (that would be me.)
These would make a great Valentine’s Day treat (you’re giving out kisses, aww) Additionally, this is fun and a fabulous cookie to make with the kids! Little ones can help remove the wrappers from all the kisses you will need and with some guidance, will love planting the kisses into the cookies. Enjoy!