Monday, February 8, 2010

Peanut Blossoms

I spruced up these cookies for Valentine's Day! They are usually made with a Hershey kiss in the center, but I decided to take advantage of all that fun heart shaped candy out there. I remember making these cookies with my mom when I was little. They are such a yummy cookie, and great to make with kids.
In replacement of the kiss, I used Hershey's milk chocolate hearts, Dove Dark Chocolate hearts, and some Hershey's Candy Cane red and white striped kisses that I had in my pantry. The possibilities really are endless with these. I've seen chocolate butterfinger hearts, Crunch hearts, and quite a few others.
The cookies are usually rolled in white sugar, but the kids and I had fun using our red and pink sugar crystals too. Very festive!! Make these for a fun Valentine treat and enjoy with a tall glass of milk. This recipe comes straight from my mom's recipe box.

Peanut Blossoms

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar (or colored) for decoration
2 (9 oz) bags of milk chocolate Hershey's Candy Kisses (or other chocolates) unwrapped

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or spray cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, crea together shortening, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and stir in the milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture until well blended. Using a tablespoon to scoop dough, shape dough into balls and roll in remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. Allow to cool completely. The kiss hardens as it cools.

I experimented with putting the chocolate onto the cookie before baking, and then after baking. The cookie definitely looks prettier if you wait until after it's done cooking.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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