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The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Peanut Butter Blossoms are my all-time favorite holiday cookie and this recipe is the BEST! These cookies are so easy to make and turn out perfect every single time.

Want more peanut desserts? Try these: Peanut Butter Balls, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Cups, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Peanut Butter Blossoms on a cooling rack

Easy Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

You just can’t beat a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle. The most delicious combo that everyone loves and a staple for any Christmas cookie tray. These delicious cookies are small, but they’re loaded with peanut butter flavor. The dough is a simple sugar cookie dough with the added addition of peanut butter.

This is a great Holiday cookie recipe that the kids will have fun making because it’s so easy. They love to roll the cookies into the sugar and press the chocolate kiss in the center. They also love the taste testing of course!

Peanut butter blossom cookies on a counter

What You’ll Need

These cookies may look fancy, but the ingredients are so simple! Here’s what you’ll need to make peanut butter blossoms. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Light Brown Sugar – You can also use dark brown sugar if that is what you have on hand.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter
  • Peanut Butter – Use a smooth, not chunky, peanut butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Kosher Salt
  • Chocolate Kisses
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies on a green background

How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms

These cookies are always a favorite for Christmas so we like to package them up in festive Holiday cans as gifts. They are a guaranteed winner with everyone. They are also the first cookies to disappear from a cookie tray. Here’s how to make them:

  • Cream the butters and sugars. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, softened butter and peanut butter using a hand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, just for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients. Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and beat on low until fully combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with a cookie mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pour sugar onto a small plate. Set aside. We are going to use this sugar to coat the cookoe dough.
  • Form your cookies. Shape 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cookie dough into a 1 inch ball using your hands. Gently roll balls in the bowl of granulated sugar to coat on all sides.
  • Bake. Place approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly brown and tops of cookies look a bit cracked.
  • Add the Hershey kiss! Press a Hershey chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie, then remove to a cooling rack to continue cooling.

Tips for the Best Cookies

  • Add the chocolate at the right time. Don’t try to add the chocolate kisses before baking. They will melt in the oven!
  • Let them cool. The chocolate will need time to harden after you add it to the baked cookies. The chocolate kisses will soften for the first hour or so after added to the cookie, but will harden back up.
  • Experiment with flavors. You can add different flavors of kisses to the cookie. I think Hershey makes a dark chocolate that would be delicious!
  • Make extra! Doubling this recipe wouldn’t be a bad idea. Everyone will snatch theses up fast!
  • No special equipment needed. You can use a stand mixer for this recipe, but it’s really not needed. A hand mixer will work just fine.
  • Don’t forget to chill the dough. It keeps the cookie holding it’s shape and prevents spreading.
  • Add the additional sugar is optional. The top photo above shows the cookie without the added sugar. We prefer these cookies rolled in the sugar, but like it both ways.
Peanut Butter Kiss cookies in a decorative tin for Christmas gift giving next to hershey kisses

How to Store

It is important to let your cookies cool completely before storing them. The chocolate kisses in the middle need time to harden before the cookies are stored. Once your cookies have cooled to room temperature, I recommend storing them side-by-side in airtight containers on the counter. They will last for up to 7 days.

Can I Freeze These?

I have never tried to freeze the already baked cookies, but you can definitely freeze the dough. Roll 2 balls of dough and then cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer. When ready to use, transfer the frozen dough to the fridge and thaw overnight. Then proceed to roll the 1-inch cookie balls and proceed with directions.

Peanut Butter Blossoms - Favorite Christmas Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Published By Jill
Peanut Butter Blossoms are my all time favorite cookie recipe for the Holidays and this recipe is the BEST! These peanut butter blossom cookies are so easy to make and turn out perfect every single time. 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 113.85 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
  • 40 chocolate kisses unwrapped

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, softened butter and peanut butter using a hand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, just for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla, beat until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and beat on low until fully combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with a cookie mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add the additional 1/2 cup granulated sugar to a small bowl, and set aside.
  • Shape 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cookie dough into a 1 inch ball using your hands. Gently roll balls in the bowl of granulated sugar to coat on all sides. Place approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly brown and tops of cookies look a bit cracked.
  • Press a Hershey chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie, then remove to a cooling rack to continue cooling.

Nutrition

Serving: 36cookiesCalories: 113.85kcalCarbohydrates: 14.39gProtein: 1.77gFat: 6.04gSaturated Fat: 2.93gCholesterol: 13.91mgSodium: 70.91mgPotassium: 32.28mgFiber: 0.41gSugar: 11.74gVitamin A: 87.29IUCalcium: 16.2mgIron: 0.28mg
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Hershey dark works great BUT I have to stick the cookie in the freezer after it has cooled to get the chocolate to reharden.  Not sure how long it would take otherwise.

Best cookie recipe! Super easy & turned out perfect! 5 stars

THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL RECIPE

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Thank you for the wonderful recipe. The peanut blossoms turned out perfect. I will be making these cookies again.5 stars

I always make a double batch. after the cookies are baked and cooled I put some in a freezer bag with the kiss on it. they freeze great.5 stars

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