These cookies are simple to make, in fact Hershey rates the skill level as beginner. The ingredient list is not too long and none of the ingredients are very expensive so it makes a great cookie to make in bulk. I love to bake, but for me I find it frustrating when you buy all the ingredients you need to make something and it ends up costing WAY more than buying it pre-made. I like making things at home when I can because there is something very special about it. I just don’t want to spend a lot more money doing it.
Here is the recipe for those of you who might be interested in giving it a try. Peanut Butter and Chocolate is such a yummy classic combination!
Peanut Butter Blossoms by Hershey (Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies)
48 Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates
½ cup shortening
¾ cup Reese’s Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Prepare Hershey kisses by removing the wrappers.
In a large bowl beat the shortening and peanut butter together.
Next add the brown sugar and 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, and continue beating until fluffy.
Making sure to beat well, add the egg, milk, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Beat the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture gradually.
Make 1 inch balls of dough. Roll them into granulated sugar, and put on an ungreased cookie sheet. Rolling the cookies in sugar gives them a glittered look. It reminds me of snow J
Bake the cookies until they are lightly browned. I find it takes anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a Hershey kiss into the center of each cookie. This way the chocolate at the bottom of the Hershey kiss will melt a little bit helping it to stick to the cookie.
Let cool for 2 minutes, remove the cookies from the cookie sheet onto a wire rack or tin foil to cool.
This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.
In case you are considering hosting your own cookie exchange this is how the one I am attending is going to work.
There are 12 of us sharing cookies.
12 is a lot of people so instead of doing 1 dozen cookies for each person we have cut it down to ½ dozen per person. We will each bring 6 dozen cookies with us to the party. 5-1/2 dozen to share with the other 11 people and ½ dozen to share at the party. In addition to sharing the cookies, we are bringing a copy of the recipe for each person.
I am going to make 1 extra dozen cookies while I am baking so that my family will have some of the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies as well.
After collecting all the cookies I will most likely freeze all of them and pull out a few of each kind a couple of hours before I need them. They are very useful for hostess gifts and for guests at my house. Having cookies ready for these occasions is a great thing when things get really busy this time of year.
This year’s cookie exchange is being held by a friend Aly Dahl of Aly Dahl Designs. Aly makes beautiful, unique jewelry, as well as one of a kind finger print jewelry. I encourage you to check out her websites at www.silverfingerprints.caand http://www.etsy.com/shop/alydahldesigns
Happy Baking/Cookie Eating All!
Any favorite cookie recipes or cookie exchange party tips you would like to share?