Often times on this blog I’m putting up things which are either my favorites or somehow related to my own family’s traditions. Well there’s another member of my family who sometimes gets overlooked in the foods we eat; my wife Cheryl. Her favorite Christmas cookie which reminds her of her family are Peanut Butter Kisses, the cookies which have the big Hershey’s kiss in the middle.
Cheryl usually makes these cookies herself during the Christmas baking season but she’s been really busy this month. I guessed she might not have the time to fit this in, since we’ve got a lot to do before Christmas guests start arriving. So, I decided the Peanut Butter Kisses would be the first batch of Christmas cookies I made. She didn’t know I was going to bake them so I was hoping it would be a nice surprise for her.
The Peanut Butter Kisses recipe in my mom’s recipe book is pretty straightforward. No exotic ingredients or fancy techniques, but I do love when her recipes start out “cream the butter and sugar together.” Oh yeah, you just know it’s going to be good when you read that! I used the Dark Hershey’s Kisses as Cheryl prefers dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Minty, milk, almond stuffed, use your favorite!
Cheryl’s reaction when she got home from work and saw a rack of these cookies cooling? “Oooooh my favorite!” See, honey? I pay attention!
Peanut Butter Kisses (makes 24-30)
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 C peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs milk
- Hershey’s Kisses
Preheat oven to 375°F
Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg and mix. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Sift the dry baking soda, salt, and flour together and add alternatively to mix with the milk.
Form 1″ dough balls and place on greased/parchment paper lined cookie sheet. The dough will be wetter than normal cookie dough, but don’t worry, it will form balls and hold the shape.
Side Roam: Not sure of how big a ball to make? I can never remember either as it’s always a year between cookie making for me. Here’s the fix: Make two balls of the same size, bake one as a test cookie (it only takes 10 minutes) and set the other off to the side. When the test one is done you’ll know if you need to make the balls larger or smaller than the remaining uncooked one.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
While the cookies are baking unwrap the required amount of Hershey’s Kisses.
Remove from oven and immediately push a Hershey’s Kiss into center of cookie. Remove cookies from sheet and place on rack to cool.