Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and savory with these classic, easy peanut butter blossoms.

Peanut butter blossoms on a plate next to a glass jug of milk
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Peanut butter blossoms (also known as Hershey’s Kiss Cookies) are a classic cookie that have been a favorite among many for many years. These cookies are a perfect combination of a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie with a delicious chocolate kiss in the center. They are easy to make and are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

These cookies are often enjoyed during the holiday season, making them a staple in Christmas cookie platters. In fact, General Mills did a survey of the most clicked Christmas cookie in each state and peanut butter blossoms were right at the top of that list! Though they are mostly made during the holidays, they are a favorite that can be enjoyed year-round!

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Ingredients to make peanut butter blossoms

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter blossoms are easy to make and require basic ingredients that are probably in your pantry right now. These ingredients include:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • one egg
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • Hershey’s kisses
Peanut butter and sugar creamed together in a bowl to make peanut butter blossoms

How to Make Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

To make peanut butter blossoms, start by preheating your oven to 355 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

Next, gradually add the flour mixture, stirring until combined. Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Toll the dough balls in granulated sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet, making sure to leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut butter cookies on a cookie sheet next to a bowl of unwrapped Hershey's kisses

Variations

The traditional recipe calls for milk chocolate kisses in the center, however, you can experiment with different types of chocolate candies to give the cookies a unique flavor. Hershey’s kisses come in all kinds of flavor variations from white chocolate to dark chocolate, to swirled flavors (or “hugs” if they still exist). Or instead of Hershey’s Kisses in the middle, try them with Reese’s peanut butter cup minis. For a gooey caramel variation, try them with Rolo chocolate candies.

A plate of peanut butter blossoms

Uses and Tips

  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to make these cookies. Switch to the dough paddle when mixing in the ry ingredients if using a stand mixer.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to get consistent cookie sizes
  • Peanut butter blossoms make a great gift, package them in a nice cookie jar or tin and give them to your friends and family during the holidays or for special occasions.
  • These convenient cookies can be kept in the freezer, so you always have some on hand for whenever a craving strikes.
A close up of peanut butter blossoms

Substitutions for Allergies

One thing to keep in mind, if you’re serving them for a party and might have some guests with allergies or dietary restrictions, you can use alternative ingredients such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter, also you can use vegan chocolate or non-dairy chocolate kisses to make them inclusive to everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions About Peanut Butter Blossoms

Why are my peanut butter blossoms dry?

You have probably added too much flour or you haven’t used enough of the wet ingredients. We have tested this recipe many times and if you follow the recipe exactly, you can avoid any dryness.

How should I store peanut butter blossoms?

Peanut butter blossoms should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, but make sure that they are well wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

Can I use a different type of chocolate kiss for peanut butter blossoms?

Yes, you can experiment with different types of chocolate kisses for the center of the cookies, like dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate.

Can I make peanut butter blossoms ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before shaping and baking the cookies.

Peanut butter blossoms on a plate next to a glass jug of milk

Peanut Butter Blossoms

5 from 1 vote
Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and savory with these classic, easy peanut butter blossoms.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, and the salt. Set aside.
    Flour and dry ingredients in a bowl to make peanut butter blossoms
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy.
    Peanut butter and sugar creamed together in a bowl to make peanut butter blossoms
  • Add the sugars and beat until smooth.
    Add the egg and mix well.
    Add the milk and the vanilla extract.
    Peanut butter and softened butter creamed together in a bowl
  • Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.
    Peanut butter cookie dough in a bowl
  • Place sprinkling sugar — the remaining tablespoon — on a plate.
    Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then place onto prepared cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving several inches between for expansion.
    Peanut butter blossom dough balls being rolled in sugar
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake.
    Peanut butter cookies on a cookie sheet next to a bowl of unwrapped Hershey's kisses
  • Remove cookies from the oven and immediately press an unwrapped chocolate Hershey's kiss into the center of each cookie. 
    A chocolate Hershey's kiss being pressed into a peanut butter cookie
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
    Peanut butter blossoms on a baking sheet

Notes

Storing Peanut Butter Cookies 

Keep your cookies from getting dry by storing them in an airtight container. The cookies will stay soft and delicious in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, but will last in the freezer for a couple of months! 
More Tips:
  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to make these cookies. Switch to the dough paddle when mixing in the ry ingredients if using a stand mixer.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to get consistent cookie sizes
  • Peanut butter blossoms make a great gift, package them in a nice cookie jar or tin and give them to your friends and family during the holidays or for special occasions.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 136IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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    1. Thanks for catching that! There isn’t any baking powder in this recipe, so I fixed the instructions to reflect that.