Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I have been debating getting a stand mixer for years.  Typically, I borrow my mom's if I have to do a serious bout of baking.  For anything else for which a stand mixer would come in handy, I just make due by some other means (like hand-mashing potatoes, which doesn't happen often).  When a stand mixer showed up on my doorstep a week ago as an early Christmas present from my husband, the first thing I made were these cookies - his favorite.  I used a recipe out of my recipe box from my mom.  I had to smile when I noticed it was the exact recipe from the back of the bag of Hershey Kisses.  (Incidentally, my kids loved to help - I shaped the dough into balls, they rolled the balls in the sugar and put them on the cookie sheet.)

  • 48 Hershey Kisses
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 3/4 c peanut butter
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1/3 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until blended. 
  3. Add 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  4. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.
  5. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  6. Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  
  8. Immediately press a chocolate piece into center of each cookie.  Cookie will crack around edges.  Cool on wire rack.  Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Difficulty: I think these are relatively easy as far as cookies go, but I have made easier
Time: 10 minutes prep; 8-10 minutes baking per batch
Source: my mom (or the back of the bag of Hershey Kisses)


  1. I think this was originally a Pilsbury bake-off recipe.

  2. Wow! I hope the person who won got a lot of credit for this one! :)

  3. Funny. This recipe must have a lot of history! Your Grandma Bodenham and I used to bake these. It was "her" recipe (in the 60's) and I don't know where she got it but it called for "star shaped chocolate pieces" so the loose candy counter at whatever store we went to would do. Not Hershey's. No unwrapping. Less work. Perfect.