Peanut Blossoms always make me think of my childhood. This is a cookie my sister and I bake with our mom almost every year. This recipe originally came from our Grandma Mouthorp, and it's definitely a classic and I remember one year, my sister and I got into the cookies while nobody was watching and we ate the kisses off the top of almost every cookie. Sorry, not sorry!!
Having to keep with tradition, I still make these every year, and my favorite part is still the chocolate kiss, but I do eat the whole cookie now. Peanut butter and chocolate are probably the number one best combination of flavors, in my opinion, and that's why this gem has stayed in my Christmas cookie rotation all these years. And the fact that they are beautiful little cookies so they make great gifts.
Preheat the oven to 375°, and get your butter and peanut butter to room temperature. You may also want to take the time to unwrap all those yummy Hershy's kisses too, that was they are ready for you when the cookies come out of the oven. Now, in a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy (about two minutes) Once butters and sugars are mixed, add in your egg, milk and vanilla extract. Mix another minute before slowly adding in the sifted flour, salt and baking soda combination. Mix this until just combined.
Roll the dough into one inch balls, then roll the dough ball in granulated sugar so the entirety of the outside is covered. Place the dough onto a lined baking sheet about two inches apart. Now, place the cookie sheet into your preheated oven and bake for 8 minutes. You will know these are done when the bottom is golden brown, the cookies don't spread much and will likely be in a very similar shape to when they were put in the oven. As soon as the cookies are removed from the oven, press one Hershey's kiss into the center of each cookie. The cookie will crack slightly around the edges and this is normal. Once each cookie is crowned with a kiss, remove them from your baking sheet and cool on racks until the candy is hardened again. Make sure these are completely cooled before storing in an airtight container, so the chocolate doesn't melt everywhere.
Thank you all for baking with me and for your incredible support! Try this family favorite and share with your family and friends this holiday season. Happy December everyone, and stay with me for the next few cookie releases! Cheers!