Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

You know you want to have at least a few over the holidays and don’t act like you don’t!  At the first holiday party where they are on the dessert table, you know you’ll head that direction.  And you probably grew up with a metal tin of them that appeared in the week or so before Christmas.  I’m talking about tradition and that’s what Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies are.  Some call them Blossom cookies, but regardless, they are excellent … like a peanut butter cup but in the cookie form.  So go ahead and make a batch. Merry Christmas!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Yield: about 32 cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
32 chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, brown sugar and egg. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add to the peanut butter mixture until a dough forms. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place the remaining sugar in a shallow dish and roll each ball into the sugar to evenly coat. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake 8-9 minutes or until the edges are light brown. As soon as the cookies are removed from the oven, press 1 chocolate kiss in the center.  Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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