Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic Christmas cookie. This delightful, soft cookie is made with a baked peanut butter cookie dough and then topped with a Hershey's Kiss chocolate. It's SO simple but so delicious and can also be made in the Thermomix. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
Peanut Butter Blossom cookies originated in 1957 in Gibsonburg, Ohio where Freda Strasel Smith entered the recipe into the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. At that time they was called Black Eyed Susans and she was awarded third place in the competition. The name was subsequently changed and the cookies have been a perennial favourite since. Now they're commonly associated with Christmas although I'm not sure why apart from the fact that they're so easy to make!
Tips for making Peanut Butter Blossoms
1- As there are only two of us, I wanted to make a smaller batch. This batch only makes 18 cookies. It also involves using half an egg which is easy to do. Just beat an egg and add the weight specified.
2 - You don't want to use natural peanut butter for these (the kind where the oil separates from the peanuts). You want one like Kraft, Bega or Skippy. I used smooth peanut butter but can you can also use crunchy.
3 - Make sure that the butter is soft but not melted.
4 - I like these with a generous amount of salt to balance them out - I like to taste the batter when adding it.
5 - If you have allergies you can substitute peanut butter with other nut butters or sunflower seed butter.
6 - In Australia Hersheys kisses aren't available at the supermarket. I found them on Amazon.
7 - My favourite tip for ensuring that the Hershey's kisses don't melt? Freeze them! All they need is 15 minutes in the freezer while you're prepping everything. They'll sink into the cookie perfectly without melting.
8 - These also work with a mini Reese's peanut butter cup if you really love the PB and chocolate combo!
These peanut butter blossoms are the perfect cookie. Not only are they easy and don't require refrigeration before baking, they're also one of those magical never-fail cookies if you follow the recipe. They're the perfect mix of sweet and salty and rich - also what could go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?
I needed an easy slide into Christmas because the last quarter of this year went past in a liquid blur. I was making these peanut butter blossoms one afternoon while we were very busy with a few things. We are getting floorboards installed removing the carpet from all of the bedrooms. However we use two of the bedrooms as offices so we had to kick Mr NQN out of his home office and me out of mine.
There's only so much space in our house so there was a lot of juggling. Mr NQN had an early morning meeting in our upstairs bedroom and then moved outside while I did my workout upstairs. Then he moved outside and Peter had the run of the rest of the house while I was ensconced in the kitchen and dining room where our bed was also located.
While I am happy to have a home (because seriously it feels like musical chairs buying property in Sydney) I think I would prefer a single story dwelling. Mainly because the bedroom upstairs gets so hot in summer. The bed was only supposed to stay in the dining room for a week but it's so much cooler downstairs that I half jokingly told Mr NQN that I wanted to keep it there. Teddy and Milo have adjusted easily but Mr NQN keeps asking when we will move the bed upstairs again. "Is everyone coming over for Christmas going to sit at a dining table near the bed?" he asked.
I thought about it, "You know everyone coming to friend's Christmas wouldn't care," I said. Because my closest friends wouldn't care - well Queen Viv and Miss America may cast a side-eye at the bed but my other friends wouldn't care. They're probably just as stressed with this crazy Christmas season coming up too!
So tell me Dear Reader, did you find the last few months whizz by? Have you ever tried Peanut Butter Blossoms?