Making traditional Peanut Butter Blossom cookies brings joy to the holidays, with easy chewy peanut butter bases and a melty chocolate center you can pop these cookies in quickly and enjoy them in no time. The kids love to help by adding Hershey kisses, and I like to let them have the task of unwrapping all the candies.
I like to see the new flavor varieties that Hershey’s brings out each year to change up these cookies a little too, you can use the different flavors like hot cocoa and dark chocolate, or my favorite is the peppermint hugs to add a little more smooth vanilla goodness to the peanut butter cookie.
One of my family members even likes to have these cookies with a mini Reese’s cup in the middle, and you can’t go wrong with adding more peanut butter to a delicious peanut butter Christmas Cookie, so I can definitely say those are a big win too.
A staple Christmas cookie in our house is the Peanut Bitter Blossom cookie. These Hershey kiss cookies are super easy and perfect for your holiday party or gift for your favorite teacher or neighbor.
48 Hershey Kisses
1/2 Cup Shortening
3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Sugar
!/3 Cup Packed light brown sugar
1 lg egg
2 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cup All-purpose Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar, (for rolling dough)
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolate kisses
Add shortening and peanut butter in the mixer and mix well. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Add baking soda, salt, and flour – 1/2 cup at a time.
Use a cookie scoop to shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar then place on parchment paper and baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Once you pull out of the oven immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. The cookie will crack around the edges. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Peanut Butter. Blossom Christmas cookies keep really well for about a week, so you can make them early. If you need them to keep even longer you can put them in the refrigerator too, just make sure to put them in an airtight bag or container first.
These are a great option for handing out as gifts or placing on cookie exchange tables, everyone loves them and they are quick and easy, so if you’re already making lots of cookies that require more time and effort these will bring a touch of ease and a little something different to look forward to.