Christmas baking is one thing we all look forward to as the holidays approach, at least in my family. Baking cookies can conjure up such great memories I have of the women in my life, two of whom I miss terribly, my mom and my grandma. Today, I’m sharing a popular holiday recipe, one that my grandma perfected. It’s just not Christmas without my grandma’s Peanut Blossoms cookie recipe.
Do you have a recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation?
We have so many, and though Peanut Blossoms are not unique to our family, they remain a favorite nonetheless. My daughter recently made them for the first time herself. I helped with the oven, but she handled everything else like a pro, just like all the women who have done before her. She was so proud.
They are such a hit at cookie exchange parties, which was why my daughter was making them. She was attending her very first cookie exchange party with some girls from school and their mothers. Everyone loves the “Hershey cookies”! Yes, they come complete with a chocolate Hershey’s Kiss on top. You can’t do better than that!
It’s an easy recipe for kids to master, so try them this holiday season (or really, anytime of year, because though we make them at Christmas, there’s no reason why you couldn’t make them year-round).
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Peanut Blossoms Cookie Recipe
While I have seen variations of the recipe, and some which use butter, I stick with my grandma’s recipe.
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening – My grandma’s recipe and many original ones call for shortening instead of butter. I keep these Crisco baking sticks on hand for older recipes that call for it. So easy.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- extra sugar for rolling balls into
- Hershey’s Kisses (at least 30), unwrapped – while I love to stick with traditional milk chocolate when shopping for Hershey’s Kisses flavors, you can find many special holiday flavors to use like mint, hot cocoa, candy cane, or ones with nuts in them. Since they will be unwrapped, the color of the candy wrapping doesn’t matter though you’ll find many festive holiday choices.
Combine all ingredients (except for extra sugar and Hershey’s Kisses) into large bowl.
Stir and mix ingredients together until they form a dough.
Once made into a dough, form into 1-inch round balls.
Roll each ball into the extra sugar, coating it evenly.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake as they will be going back into the oven later.
Remove from oven and IMMEDIATELY place a Hershey’s Kiss in the center of each cookie. Press firmly but not too hard as you don’t want to push all the way down.
Return cookies to the top rack of the oven for ONLY 2 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
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