December 20, 2015

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies [YUM!]

This is our second Christmas together and well, last year's was our worst Christmas ever. So this year, we have decided to try to make it a happy time again and start new traditions together as a family. We got our first Christmas tree together [Malachite was clearly very amused by the tree - see below]. 
 
We have also baked cookies (an old tradition that had been lost). We have traveled too. Our best vacation ever so far was last month during Thanksgiving week and to say it was PERFECT is a complete understatement.
 
 
Anyway, I really like storing good recipes on here so here it is - the recipe I used for this year's amazing peanut butter blossom cookies.
 

48 Hershey's Kisses
1/2 cup shotening
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup 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
additional granulated sugar
Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Remove wrappers from chocolates (do this first because the cookies bake relatively quick and the chocolates need to be placed on them as soon as they are out of the oven)
3. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.
4. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar & beat until fluffy.
5. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat well.
6. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt and gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
7. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and lace on ungreased cookie sheet.
8. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.
9. Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate into the center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges).
10. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool completely.
 
 I have altered this recipe in the past and used Trader Joe's Cookie Butter instead of peanut butter and they came out delicious!!
 
[recipe from hersheyskisses.com]
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