My family has been making Peanut Blossoms since I can remember. You know, that soft round peanut buttery cookie with the plump Hershey kiss, or Reese’s Cup, right in the center; the cookie that you cannot stop eating and then want to kick yourself for not backing away? Well, here it is!
I have found that this recipe for Peanut Blossoms works best for me and I hope that it will for you too!
- 1 Cup shortening
- I like Crisco sticks because they are easy to work with
- 1 Cup peanut butter
- Jif all the way
- 1 Cup light packed brown sugar
- 1 Cup white sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup milk
- 2 Teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Teaspoons baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Cup white sugar (for rolling)
- 2 (9 ounce) Bags of Hershey Kisses or Reese’s Cups, unwrapped
- My family likes double Hershey’s Kisses on their cookies so I usually ending up needing about 2 1/2 bags
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
- I typically use 3: 2 cookie sheets for the Hershey’s Kisses and 1 mini muffin pan for the Reese’s Cups.
- In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time and stir in the milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; gradually stir into the peanut butter mixture until well blended.
- Shape tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets or directly into the mini muffin pan.
- Bake for 9 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately press a Hershey Kiss or Reese’s Cup into each cookie. I usually put them back in the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute so the chocolate can melt to the cookie. Allow them to cool completely.
- I unwrap some of my Hershey Kisses and Reese’s Cups before I start making these so they are ready to go and I do not have to rush.
- Make sure you roll the dough balls thoroughly in sugar. One time I forgot this step and the cookies were surprisingly pretty nasty.