I am a sucker for anything chocolate. I will eat peanut butter out of the jar. I think I have a problem.
Enter one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever had: The Peanut Butter Blossom.
First of all, let’s just start by saying that the recipe starts with a full cup of peanut butter. Right away, I’m hooked. Add some sugar, flour, brown sugar, eggs, shorteing and vanilla extract and you have the makings for a typical peanut butter cookie. Place them in the oven and away we go.
Then, the best part…the chocolate. As simple as a Hershey’s Kiss because, well, that’s what it is. Because the cookies bake until they are only “just set” or slightly underdone, they come out of the oven looking like golden rounds of shear scrumptiousness. But do I pop them in my mouth as is? Most definitely not! (Besides, I’d burn my mouth.)
At this point, I suppose you could leave off the chocolate kiss and merely refer to them as Peanut Butter Un-Blossoms, but where is the fun (or the chocolately greatness) in that? To make them true blossoms, take one unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss and gently press it into a (still warm) cookie. The cookie itself with squish and crack a bit, leaving a perfect pillow for the kiss to sit in. Immediately transfer them to a baking rack and let them cool completely. (They will fall apart if they don’t.)
When I tell you these could just be one of my Top 3 Favorite Cookies of all time, you know I’m not fooling around. Try ’em – I dare you.
Peanut Butter Blossoms (originally created by Hershey Co.)
Yields: 48 Blossoms
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening, softened
2 TB milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
48 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
Extra granulated sugar, for coating
1. Heat over to 375 degrees. Unwrap candies.
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.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
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.