Some Christmas cookies come with lots of icing, sprinkles and sparkles. Others have to be chilled, then rolled, then cut and baked. And then there are a few cookies that show their festivity and love by a simple dab of chocolate in the center. Those quick and easy Christmas cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms.
Though around my house, these cookies aren’t necessarily relegated only to the holiday season, I know that for many they are a Christmas staple. And since I want to make sure you have this recipe, I’m sharing it today.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate: the Classic Combo
In our day and age, peanut butter and chocolate are a no-brainer match-made-in-heaven. But when I was young, the Reeses commercials made the combo seem like a brand new phenomenon.
But apparently, the original Peanut Butter Blossom recipe is older than that, entering the baking scene as a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest of 1957.
Chocolate makes everything better
Let’s admit it. We like everything to the extreme. So although peanut butter cookies are delicious, the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie, a peanut butter cookie topped with chocolate, wins hands down over plain.
Most people top these lovely, sugar-coated cookies with a chocolate kiss. I’ve also used stars which I think look a little more festive for Christmas. These pictured are topped with Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses, because I like my chocolate dark.
Peanut Butter Blossoms compared to Ginger Kiss Cookies
If you like ginger cookies instead, you’ll have to check out my Ginger Kiss Cookies as well. I wondered if the two would look exactly the same so I did a side-by-side photo comparison.
Side by side you can tell the difference. Then I gobbled up all the Ginger Kiss Cookies and my husband devoured the Peanut Butter Blossoms. Teamwork makes the dream work!
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar plus additional sugar for rolling
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- chocolate kisses or star candies, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- With an electric mixer, beat together butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in remaining ingredients except for chocolate kisses.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls into remaining granulated sugar to coat. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just starting to brown.
- Remove from oven. Immediately press chocolate kisses or stars onto the top of each cookie.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g
Are you up to a side-by-side taste test! You’ll find the Ginger Kiss Cookies linked here. Let me know which cookie your family prefers!