Friday, February 15, 2013

Foodie Fridays: Peanut Butter Kisses

From Cook Eat Delicious

Okay, so this recipe is a day late for Valentine's Day, but I think these cookies are appropriate any time of the year!  Peanut Butter Kisses, also known as Peanut Blossoms, were an entry in the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off.  Believe it or not, this original recipe was not the winner!  Another cookie called Accordion Treats won, but has anyone ever heard of them (I hadn't)?  Peanut Butter Kisses, on the other hand, are hugely popular, especially for Christmas and of course Valentine's Day.  Do your loved ones a favor and bake them up a batch of these peanut butter and chocolate delights soon!

Peanut Butter Kisses

1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. granulated sugar
48 Hershey Kisses (any flavor), unwrapped

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and peanut butter.  Gradually add the sugars, beating until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well.  Stir in the next three ingredients until well mixed.

If the dough seems soft, chill it for about an hour.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll the balls in the 1/4 C. sugar.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and immediately press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each cookie.  Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and cool on wire racks.  Makes 48 cookies.

Note:  An alternative baking method is to bake the cookies for 8 minutes, remove from the oven, press a Hershey Kiss into each cookie, and return to the oven for 2 minutes.  Remove from the oven and immediately remove the cookies from the cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool.

For an even easier version of Peanut Butter Kisses, check out this recipe.  Be sure to watch the video for more helpful hints and tips!

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