Monday, January 23, 2012

{ Peanut Butter Blossoms the Vday Way }

So, let me tell you about Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.

For years, I had convinced myself that these were called Peanut Butter Kisses.

Incorrect.

Peanut Butter Kisses are those black and orange wrapped peanut butter taffy that old ladies give on Trick or Treat.

And that no one likes.

I remember getting those on Trick or Treat and thinking, “trick, definitely trick.”

That and boxes of raisins. And pennies.

What was with the pennies?

Pennies.. me no likey.
Snickers? Me likey!

Peanut Butter Kisses? Nay.
Peanut Butter Blossoms? Yay!

So, that is what I’m making today.

You’ve probably all made these a time or two. Or a hundred.

You probably even have your own favorite recipe.

I’m showing you mine though. You, of course, can substitute your own if you wish it.
These are updated for Valentine’s Day. I saw the idea on Pinterest, which I tracked back to this site, eighteen25.

I also found these at by Betty. You know, Betty Crocker.

Sadly, I wasn’t clever enough to come up with this on my own.

Woe is me.
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Heart shaped chocolates in place of the kisses. Total brill.
Yeppers.

Now, you’ll see residing there in the middle of these puffy peanut butter cookies lies Dove chocolates.

Confession #1: I don’t like Dove chocolate.

GASP!

I know so many people out there, including the Bean, LOVE Dove. Dove is 2nd on the Bean’s list, only after Godiva.

I, however, prefer Hershey’s. True story.

Confession #2: I love Peanut Butter Kiss Blossom Cookies, but I pop the chocolate off and eat it last!

I never eat the chocolate AND the cookie together.

Is that odd? Please reassure me that I’m not the only weirdo person out there that does this!

My unlike of Dove aside, these are SUPER DE DOOPER cute, yes?

No worries, I’ll just pop the chocolate off and feed it to the Bean. I doubt he’ll object.

You can roll these in pretty sanding sugar, if you like:
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to get cookies like this:

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If you want, you could tint the dough with red gel food coloring.

I didn’t take that route today though. Maybe some day I’ll travel it.

I, personally, think they are prettier nekkid.

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So stop yapping and get to the recipe, eh?

Alrighty then, the recipe I use is from Pillsbury.

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
Sugar
48 Hershey's® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped (or in this case, heart shaped chocolates)

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, shortening, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg; mix with electric mixer on low speed until stiff dough forms. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately top each cookie with 1 milk chocolate candy, pressing down firmly so cookie cracks around edge; remove from cookie sheets.
The chocolate will keep its form, but will take at least a couple hours to set back up, so be sure not to touch it.

Remove from oven, then press chocolate candy into cookie. Cracks will form- that's fine, that's what you want; remove from cookie sheets.
 
I made some of mine larger (you can see one in the photo with the colored sugar), and baked for the larger for 12 minutes. The smaller (normal size) I baked for 10. 

The chocolate will keep its form, but will take at least a couple hours to set back up, so be sure not to touch it. 

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Make some for your sweeties for Valentine’s Day, you know you wanna!

Oh, and be sure to visit eighteen25 and tell them I sent ya, lots of fun ideas there.

7 comments:

  1. so cute, I hated those candies at halloween, thank goodness our area doesn't have many old ladies yet.

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  2. I just came across this post from via Pinterest. Beautiful blog! I have some confessions as well:
    1. I prefer Hershey's too :)
    2. I also eat the cookie first... but sometimes I don't get around to the chocolate because the cookies are so good!

    Looking forward to reading more!

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  3. Oh.My.Word!! :) I just pinned this. My friend, you never fail to make me completely hungry and drooling over your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  4. LOL Sue!

    Harmony, we may just be kindred spirits. Welcome to my blog :)

    Alison! Thanks so much!

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  5. These cookies are the best!! We love them! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday to share more great recipes! -The Sisters

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  6. these look yummy! if only i could eat peanuts...

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  7. I always eat the chocolate last, too! These look so festive and yummy! Bonnie and I would love for you to share these at our link party!

    www.uncommondesigsnonline.com

    Take care! Trish @ Uncommon

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