Its time to make to some Peanut Blossom Cookies! These ubiquitous cookies have been a favorite especially around Christmastime in many American households.Peanut Butter and chocolate is a great combination and I can never get enough of these beauties. In our house, the hubs and my thirteen year old equally love these cookies but my eight year old is not a big fan of peanut butter, hence he doesn’t enjoy them as much.
While I’ve enjoyed many Peanut Butter Blossoms over the years, there’s an interesting story behind it as I found out. Legend has it that Freda Smith intended to make a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and after mixing part of the dough, realized that her pantry was without chocolate chips. So, she grabbed a bag of Hershey’s Kisses instead and used them atop the cookies.
Ms. Smith entered her creation into the Annual Pillsbury Bake Off Competition and came in third place winning a General Electric range, a mixer and $100 cash while the winning cookies fetched a reward of $45,000.In 1999 Pillsbury named her Peanut Butter Blossoms one of the ten most treasured recipes in the company’s history.
I follow Betty Crocker recipe and they come out perfect every-time.The soft chewy texture and the Hershey’s Kiss standing proudly at the top is the highlight of this cookie. If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter lover like me then you should try to make these at home.You can get creative and dip the cookies in colored sugar for a more festive look.Place them in the freezer for a few minutes so the Kisses don’t melt (since you’re going to place them right after they’re out of the oven).
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!