Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Cookie #16: Peanut Butter Blossoms

I always planned to make these cookies as part of our countdown. I love them, and I'm guessing that just about any of you reading this post and seeing the picture of these has tasted one before. Right?

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate - oh, sweet togetherness - it's one of life's best combos.

I let the boys taste the cookies plain - and they liked them. Then, they helped press the Hershey's Kisses into our cookies. Of course, they liked them so much better with chocolate on them. It really helped illustrate a great lesson on togetherness.

For the sake of this blog and this kid-friendly countdown, we made Peanut Butter Blossoms.

However, as a result of our MOPS cookie exchange, I will never see them as that, again.

My awesome group of MOPS friends and I were sitting around our table discussing what kinds of cookies we were going to make for our little MOPpy cookie exchange. Jill, our table leader and my she-just-doesn't-know-how-hilarious-she-is-which-makes-her-even-funnier friend, very matter-of-factly blurts out:

"I'm making nipp.le cookies."

The rest of us spit out our orange juice and coffee and gasped, "What did you say?"

"You know," says Jill. "The peanut butter ones with Hershey's kisses in the middle."

And, the uncontrollable laughter that erupted from our table was followed by snorting and deep breaths and more snorting and was surely heard by our sermon-preparing pastor across the building. I can only guess that he paused and thought to himself:

"Those hard-working Moms of wee ones - glad they're having some good, clean fun up there."

Oh mercy. If he only knew.

Our lesson: (for Peanut Butter Blossoms, ahem) Sometimes, it's fun to play with our games and trains all by ourselves. But, the most fun of all, is sharing our toys with our brothers and friends.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
recipe from Hershey's...

48 Hershey's Kisses
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
extra sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated 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. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

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


  1. And my lesson is: I love it when Sarah shares her home cooking online with us.

  2. Hey Sarah,

    I've been enjoying your cookie countdown and have been busy baking. :)

    I must share my funny story-----I decided the other day to make some cookies similar to the peanut butter blossoms. However, I made chocolate cookies using brownie mix and then added the hershey's peppermint kisses in the middle. And BOY, oh BOY----the combination of red and the creamy white made the cookies look as though they had nipple tassles! That was my first thought after making them! Glad to see I was NOT the only one. Ha. Ha.

  3. Oh my goodness, that is hilarious - I have truly NEVER heard that before but will never think of them the same either.

    These are the cookies I miss most of all at Christmas - my grandma used to make them every year and boy I loved eating them. Enjoy one for me!

  4. omigosh! That is too funny. I've never ever heard that before. Now I'll never look at them the same way either. I love these cookies too, already made some =)

  5. I love these cookies. Of course I'll never think of them the same way again!

  6. Try it with Dark Chocolate Kisses!

  7. I will never look at those cookies in the same way again.

  8. They will never be the same for me again. Hilarious!!!

  9. too funny! I made some corn dog muffins for the kids on a muffin theme day and posted them on my blog. I found out later that everyone thought they looked like boobs! I was so embarassed and will probably never make them again!