This classic peanut butter blossoms recipe is an essential cookie for every baker. The soft and chewy peanut butter cookie base is topped with a sweet chocolate Hershey Kiss. Perfect for Christmas or baking all year round.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 48 Hershey kisses, unwrapped
In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the ingredients together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl down with a spatula. Add the egg, vanilla, and salt. Beat them into the dough on medium speed until just combined. Add the flour and baking soda to the bowl and mix together on low speed. Be sure to scrape the bowl and check for dry flour pockets. Once everything is combined and smooth, cover the dough with plastic wrap.
Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
When you are ready to bake:
Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Set out 2 cookie sheets and place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Unwrap all the kisses and place them in a small bowl. Roll the peanut butter dough into small 1 1/4 inch balls (just a bit smaller than a golf ball). Roll each cookie ball in the sugar and place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until the cookies are just very lightly golden brown. Set a timer for just 1 minute and then gently press 1 chocolate kiss candy into the center of each cookie. The cookies will crackle a bit. You can gently push them back together if they crack too much. They will set as they cool and firm up.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Kisses will remain soft for hours, you don’t want to stack them or the kisses will get smooshed.
Don’t freeze the fully baked cookies, rather freeze the peanut butter cookie dough formed into cookie balls separately. You can then bake the cookie balls directly from frozen by adding 2 – 3 minutes to the baking time.
Keywords: peanut butter, cookies, chocolate, Hershey kisses,