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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut butter kiss cookies are a holiday favorite! Kiss candies are immediately pressed into warm and fluffy cookies giving you the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

This post was originally published December 5, 2013. It has since been updated. 

stack of peanut butter cookies with Hershey Kiss candies on top

Thumbprint Hershey Kiss Cookies

I don’t know how these were deemed a holiday cookie, but I look forward to these all year. Peanut butter isn’t my typical go-to when I think of cookie recipes, but there is something about this one that I cannot help but love. 

The cookie itself is soft, fluffy, and not too sweet. Pair that with the classic milk chocolate candy kisses and it is a match made in heaven. 

White plate filled with peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate candies

Peanut Butter Blossoms Ingredients:

  • Butter or shortening
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Egg 
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Chocolate kiss cookies

Butter vs Shortening in cookies:

When making cookies I will typically stick with butter. I like the flavor it gives and do not keep shortening on hand. However, in recipes like this one where the shape is super important (you want a puffy cookie), I stick with shortening. Why?

Glad you asked.

Butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening, which means your cookies will flatten more than ideal. Having a puffy cookie is preferred so you can have a good base to press the candy into.  

Bowl of Hershey kiss candies

How long do kiss cookies last?

We have found that peanut butter blossoms last around 3-4 days when stored properly. After that they start to harden and the flavor will be less than ideal.

Can you freeze peanut butter blossoms or kiss cookies?

Yes, but you want to freeze the dough vs the cooked cookies. I have a great tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough with some great tips, but here is a quick breakdown:

  1. Scoop and shape your cookie dough into rounds.
  2. Place close together on a parchment lined baking tray.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Remove and store in a freezer safe bag or air tight container. Be sure to label and date.
Hand holding single kiss cookie above red napkin

How to make Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream together the shortening and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and the brown sugar. Add the baking powder, baking soda, egg, milk, vanilla, and flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Shape the dough into one inch circles. Roll each mound in the 1/4 cup of sugar and place on your prepared sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  4. Press a chocolate candy into the center immediately and cool on a wire rack.
white plate of peanut butter kiss cookies on top of red napkin

Like this recipe? You will love my:

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Peanut butter kiss cookies are a holiday favorite! Kiss candies are immediately pressed into warm and fluffy cookies giving you the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy not chunky
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Kiss Chocolate candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream together the shortening and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and the brown sugar. Add the baking powder, baking soda, egg, milk, vanilla, and flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Shape the dough into one inch circles. Roll each mound in the 1/4 cup of sugar and place on your prepared sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  4. Press a chocolate candy into the center immediately and cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Try using other candies on top for fun variations! We love mini peanut butter cups!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g
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Jan

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

These look yummy! How many does this recipe make?

Jesseca

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

24 cookies

Cambria

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I LOVE these! They are definitely one of my all time favorite cookies! :)

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings

Thursday 5th of December 2013

These are still one of my all time favorite kinds of cookies. But now I always use the hugs. I should make some this weekend

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I love these kinds of cookies, but who am I kidding? I love anything peanut butter and chocolate!!! YUM!

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