Peanut Blossoms

Chocolate and peanut butter, together again, in a delectable cookie.

By The Editors

The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

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From The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook (Countryman Press), this modern classic is a chocolaty, peanut buttery way to spread some Christmas joy. Make sure you press in the kisses while the cookies are still warm from the oven, or they won't set.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (7 1/8 ounces) creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup (2 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar, plus more for coating the dough
1/3 cup (2 3/4 ounces) brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk (regular or low fat, not nonfat)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (6 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
48 Hershey's Kisses (7 ounces)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter together until well blended. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk, baking soda, salt, and vanilla and beat well. Gradually mix in the flour.

3. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in granulated sugar. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets.

4. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until they’re a very light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and immediately place one chocolate Kiss atop each cookie, gently pressing it in. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

From The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook © 2004 by King Arthur Flour. Reprinted with permission of The Countryman Press.

Comments

I have made them without peanut butter (my granddaughter has allergies to nut products)..They are a sure family pleaser. I also eliminate sugar that coats the cookie..

GrammeO on 2012-12-23 14:55:04

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