Gooey peanut butter blossoms are simply warm chocolatey bliss.Take your peanut butter cookies to the next level with a Kiss from above!
If you have children, relatives, or little friends of school age, then you have likely been hounded at some point to make peanut butter blossoms. You know, “those scrumdiddlyumptious peanut butter cookies with hershey kiss in the middle!” And can you blame your young pals? Their tiny taste buds merely detect what we all know: peanut butter and chocolate amalgams are crazy addictive. When delivered in a warm and gooey form… this makes for some seriously eats! Whether you’ve tried Betty Crocker peanut butter blossoms or you are more of a peanut butter blossoms allrecipes sort of person, I bet the indulgence left a lasting impression. Also, observe caution, the dough from this peanut blossom cookie recipe warrants extra security. Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic; peanut butter blossoms are celestial. But I digress. Blossoms are great for school events and church gatherings, or as a reward for a job well done. Read on for some baking tips and the dessert’s delightful history. And for your next bake sale or begging reprieve, check out my mouth watering Peanut Butter Bars recipe!
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:
- Easy peanut butter blossoms are a cinch to create!
- The chocolate peanut butter combo is unbeatable.
- The first bite of that melting Kiss will take you out of this world!
- Blossoms are a great launching point for further culinary experimentation.
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What Are Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies?
Hershey’s peanut butter blossoms are next generation Peanut Butter Cookies, revolutionized with the help of peanut butter filled chocolate Kisses! Their name presumably derives from their bud or floweresque form.
Legend has it that peanut butter blossom cookies were invented on the fly by Ohio resident Freda Smith. When she reached for chocolate chips while baking one day, she grabbed Hershey’s Kisses instead, …sincerest thanks Freda. Thus blossoms were born, and the course of history was forever altered. Freda entered her creation in a 1950’s bake-off, where they took third prize, and later won her national repute.
What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Peanut Butter Blossoms?
The dough of these chewy peanut butter blossoms is composed of shortening, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, an egg, and a bit of whole milk. The dough balls are rolled in a little extra sugar and finished with peanut butter filled Hershey’s Kisses. You will need at least 48 of these.
How Do You Make Peanut Butter Blossoms?
Peanut butter blossom treats take 25 minutes to make, and they are certainly worth the investment! The most difficult part of this recipe is remembering to freeze the chocolate Kisses the night before, easy peasy!
The dough is similar to that of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. After beating together all of the ingredients, you form 48 dough balls, roll them in sugar, and bake them for ten minutes. Once they have cooled a little, you embellish them with a Kiss, and present them to your adoring public!
Peanut Butter Blossoms
- 48 Hersey's kiss candies
- 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 egg large
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- extra sugar for rolling cookies in
- Remove wrappers from chocolate kisses; place in the freezer overnight. (I forgot to freeze them and they came out just fine!)
- Heat oven to 375°F. Beat shortening and peanut butter in the 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 48 balls (about 1-inch each). Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 3 to 4 minutes. Press frozen peanut butter filled chocolate piece into the center of each cookie; the cookie will crack around the edges. Remove cookies from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
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Recipe Notes For Peanut Butter Blossoms:
Blossom variations: This recipe is ideal for the innovator. If you can’t find or do not like Hershey’s Kisses, give some other chocolate candy a try! You can make peanut butter blossoms with Reese’s cups (I suggest using the small version) or any other filled chocolate candy. If you are looking to mix things up, you might enjoy Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites or Magic Middle Peanut Butter Cookies.
Peanut butter blossoms without shortening: You can generally substitute an equal portion of butter or margarine for shortening. The texture and flavor will vary slightly, since shortening is pure fat while butter and margarine have some water content. If you use butter, expect the dough to spread and brown a bit more. Remember, whatever variations you try, the best peanut butter blossoms are those made with love.
Rolling in sugar: Some people are confused by this step! What is the point? Isn’t the dough tasty enough? The purpose of the final extra coating is to provide that sweet unmistakable exterior crunch of caramelized sugar.
Cooling: Placing the Hershey’s Kisses is a bit of a fine art. If you push them in too soon, they may melt into a (delicious) puddle. If you wait too long, good luck pressing them in, and better luck getting that warm melty texture! This step involve a little trial and error.
Can You Make Peanut Butter Blossoms Ahead Of Time?
This yummy cookie will keep for roughly ten days (good luck), the raw dough for about four days. This gives you some wiggle room if you would like to prepare them in advance of some event!
How Do You Freeze Peanut Butter Blossoms?
Blossoms are a bit trickier to freeze than your standard cookie given their fragility. Let the cookies cool entirely, then arrange them in one layer in an airtight container. According to Bob’s Red Mill they will keep for approximately nine to twelve months.
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