Peanut-Butter Blossoms

Who doesn’t love soft, chewy peanut-butter cookies rolled in sugar and completed with a piece of melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate to top off the decadence of it all? Honestly, I was never a huge peanut-butter cookie fan (I know, right? What was wrong with me?) but over the last several years, and especially during my pregnancies, peanut butter was all I wanted. I’m talking spoonfuls of rich, creamy (or chunky) peanut butter, spread on crackers, celery, or all by itself. My mom insists it was my body crying out for protein, but in the end, does it really matter? Peanut butter, especially accompanied with chocolate, is one of life’s sweet treats, so I’m starting off the recipe portion of my blog by sharing with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: The Peanut-Butter Blossom. (Plus I needed an excuse to use up all those chocolate kisses left from Christmas).

        Peanut-Butter Blossoms

  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • extra granulated sugar for coating
  • Several dozen chocolate kisses, unwrapped (some stores sell them already unwrapped, if you’re looking to save time)

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine softened butter and peanut butter until fully blended. Add both sugars and mix until soft and fluffy. Slowly incorporate the egg, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and then add to the peanut-butter mixture. Roll into small balls, about an inch wide. Sometimes it helps to put the mixture in the fridge for a while if it has become too soft, before rolling the balls.

Roll the balls in the extra sugar, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I prefer to use parchment paper, but it works perfectly well without). Bake for around 10 minutes (varies by oven), and remove when the cookies are turned a light golden color. Immediately press the chocolate pieces into the center, and allow to cool completely. So easy, even a toddler can do it!

My daughter, Amity, putting on the chocolates.