Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies



These are the quintessential Christmas cookie. They show up, without fail, at every cookie exchange and on every cookie tray. If there is anyone who tires of these cookies I’d love to find them. Yet another peanut butter cookie I can’t enjoy, but back in the “good old days” I’d gobble them up without abandon. This is your basic peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss pressed down into the middle as soon as they come out of the oven. Mmm, Christmas in a cookie!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

(Source: My Mom)

48 Hershey’s kisses, unwrapped
½ cup shortening
¾ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I used my small cookie scoop from Pampered Chef and got exactly 48 cookies). Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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32 Responses to “Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies”

  1. MrsPresley on December 21, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    i can’t believe you don’t like these! they are so good! :)


  2. Beth on December 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks cuz! I made these and they were flatter than a board. I’ll have to try yours out.

    Love, Beth

    ps- MrsPresley, she likes them, but is allergic to peanut butter. Poor cousin. :(


  3. Amber on December 27, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Mmmm PB blossom’s are awesome. They are super cute.


  4. Deborah on December 28, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    I know that Christmas is over, but I bought a bag of Christmas kisses on sale yesterday just for these cookies!!


  5. Kristin on December 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I love making these year after year and my family LOVES them! I’m going to be baking them in a few days and I’m also going to try a similiar one where you put the peanut butter dough in a mini-muffin tin and then after it’s baked put a Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup in the middle…mmmnnn!


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  7. Jaclyn on December 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I just made these for a Christmas cookie party and they turned out wonderfully … thanks for sharing such a great recipe!


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  10. Helen on December 18, 2010 at 7:25 am

    cant wait to try them!! :D


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  12. Elisa on December 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    YUMMO can’t wait to try them out!! One question-It says to use 1/2 c shortening, did you use vegetable or butter shortening? Thanks!


    • Michelle on December 6th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Elisa, I used vegetable shortening, but if you have butter shortening you could use that too.


  13. Kim on December 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    My mom makes these every year. She replaces half of the kisses with jam (whatever kind is in the fridge) just for me!


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  15. Kerry on January 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    My grand kids are allergic to peanut butter.. I used Almond butter instead. The texture was different but the boys loved them.


  16. Valerie on July 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I made a version of these cookies and they came out AMAZING! I used butter instead of shortening, because I didn’t have any on hand. and instead of peanut butter i used trader joes brand almond butter (roasted, salted, creamy), and rolled the cookies in chopped candied pecans instead of granulated sugar. they came out UNREAL. here’s a pic!


    • Michelle on July 28th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      What a fabulous adaptation! They sound (and look) amazing!


  17. Nancy on September 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I made these and they were good. Thanks again!


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  21. Michelle on November 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    It’s not your mother’s recipe. This recipe is found on Hershey’s and CVS’ website.


    • Michelle on November 21st, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Michelle, Thank you for your interest in this recipe. This is, in fact, my mother’s recipe. She has it written on an index card and has been making it since before I was born. I don’t know when the recipes were posted to Hershey’s or CVS’ websites, all I can tell you is when mine was posted (December 2007) and where I got it.


  22. RM on November 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    These cookies are a classic, and I’ve always wanted to try making them myself. I followed this recipe as written and the cookies were perfect — thank you (and your mom)!


  23. Viktoriya on December 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Could I use regular golden brown sugar insread of light brown sugar? Will it be noticable in color or taste? Thanks!:)


    • Michelle on December 11th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Viktoriya, I am not familiar with golden brown sugar or how it compares to light brown sugar, so I can’t say with certainty if it would affect the final outcome of the cookies.


  24. Alecia on December 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    My son is allergic to peanuts and eggs. I read that you were allergic to peanut butter, do you by chance make these without the peanut butter? I’m trying to do the best I can at making christmas cookies for him, but it’s really tough! I mostly have trouble subbing out eggs in cookie recipes. I was thinking of just making these without peanut butter and subbing the eggs for applesauce to keep them moist or possibly just using an egg free choc. chip recipe and adding the kiss. Pretty sure it will fail, but I’ve gotta try!


    • Michelle on December 18th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Alecia, I did have a peanut allergy issue for about 5 years, and am now okay. I’ve never made these without peanut butter, but perhaps you could try something cashew butter or sun butter?


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