Friday, January 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Blossoms

These cookies were part of our Christmas spread however they are wonderful any time of the year. This recipe is a lot of fun to make with children. Younger kids can shape the cookies and roll the dough in sugar and the older kids can help push the chocolate kisses in the warm cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

½ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus ¼ cup for rolling
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Milk chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add the sugars; beat till light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, and beat well. Stir the flour, baking soda and salt together. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour by hand

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies