Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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5 from 4 votes
It is my favorite time of the year, Christmas! Hands down the most popular cookie at every cookie exchange and the first cookie that everyone reaches for at holiday parties are these glorious Peanut Butter Blossoms.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie

It is my favorite time of the year, Christmas! Hands down the most popular cookie at every cookie exchange and the first cookie that everyone reaches for at holiday parties are these glorious Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies on a wire baking rack

The men in my life all go crazy for anything peanut butter. When you add chocolate in the form of a sweet, chocolate kiss and they are in true heaven. This recipe is a hit in my family because it comes out great every time. It has just the right amount of crispness to make this cookie a real winner and if you love peanut butter, there is nothing better.  This cookie is a classic and one that I make every Christmas.

Close up of Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie on a wire baking rack

Can you freeze these Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies?

These peanut butter blossoms can be baked in advance and stored in an air tight container for three to four months.  The better you wrap them, the longer they will last.  You can also freeze the dough by scooping the batter with this handy cookie scoop and place dough on a baking sheet and freeze for an hour and then store in an air tight container. You can take out the amount you need and bake. There is nothing better than a cookie fresh and hot from the oven!

Cookie batter being made with beaters

Can you make the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie without brown sugar?

If you start the cookie making process and find that you have no brown sugar, you can replace brown sugar with white sugar one to one. The white sugar will result in making a crispier cookie. You can also make your own brown sugar by adding two tablespoons of molasses to every one cup of white sugar.

To make your peanut butter chocolate kiss cookie, pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat together your peanut butter and shortening in a large bowl add 1/3 cup of white sugar and the brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in your milk, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients together and with your mixer running, add to your wet ingredients and mix until blended together. Use a cookie scoop or form dough into one inch balls, roll in remaining white sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, eight to ten minutes.

Immediately place Hershey’s kiss into the middle of the cookie. Do not worry if it cracks a little. Set cookies on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before storing.

peanut butter on a spoon

Expert Tips for Making this Peanut Butter Kiss cookie recipe.

Making these peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies is really easy but I have a few tricks that will make your cookie making experience so much easier.

  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to keep your cookies from sticking.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make the cookies uniform in size so they all bake evenly. They look better for presentation purposes too.
  • Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is baking at the correct temperature to prevent over or under done cookies.

Variations for Making this original Peanut Butter Kisses Cookie recipe.

Every one likes the original, but if you feel like shaking up your peanut butter blossom cookies try one of the following:

  • Use crunchy peanut butter instead of original creamy peanut butter.
  • Make the cookies in an hors d’oeuvre pan and replace the chocolate kisses with miniature peanut butter cups.
  • Add some festive sprinkles to up your Christmas spirit.
  • Make sure you mark your cookies, so if anyone has a peanut allergy they can avoid.

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

5 from 4 votes
It is my favorite time of the year, Christmas! Hands down the most popular cookie at every cookie exchange and the first cookie that everyone reaches for at holiday parties are these glorious Peanut Butter Blossoms.
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Servings: 48 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  • With the mixer running, slowly add the dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in remaining granulated sugar.
  • Place cookie balls on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • While cookies are baking, remove wrappers from Hershey Kisses.
  • When cookies have finished baking, immediately press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges.
  • Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool completely before storing.

Expert Tips

  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to keep your cookies from sticking.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make the cookies uniform in size so they all bake evenly. They look better for presentation purposes too.
  • Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is baking at the correct temperature to prevent over or under done cookies.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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2 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter is always a good combo! I love your recipe notes, the cookie scoop is a great tip as it really does help for even baking. Thanks for sharing!

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