This Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie recipe is a classic!
These delicious cookies are my husband Gary’s favorites!!!
With a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie base and a sweet chunk of chocolate on top, they are sure to please any crowd.
You can use a Hershey’s Kiss, chocolate star, or just a big old hunk of your favorite chocolate on top!!!
In this post I share my favorite recipe for making these delectable cookies! This recipe is easy to follow!
It will result in mouth-watering Peanut Butter Blossom cookies that everyone will love!!
Peanut butter blossom cookies are delicious treats!! They combine the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, yum!!
Here’s the simple recipe to make peanut butter blossom cookies!
Ingredients in the Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
Most of the simple ingredients in these soft and chewy cookies are probably in your pantry and fridge!
One stick of butter is needed. You’ll want to let the butter soften on the kitchen counter. You could also soften it in the microwave ahead of making this easy recipe!
This simple recipe calls for large one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
The peanut butter blossom cookies recipe needs 1/2 cup peanut butter!
Should You Use Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter?
The choice between creamy or chunky peanut butter for your peanut butter blossom cookies is a matter of personal preference.
Both types of peanut butter can work well in this easy cookie recipe. The decision ultimately depends on the texture and taste you prefer.
Creamy peanut butter tends to create a smoother texture in the cookies. It provides a more consistent flavor throughout. And blends well with the other ingredients to create a uniform cookie dough.
If you prefer a soft and smooth texture in your cookies creamy peanut butter is a good choice.
Chunky peanut butter adds a bit of texture and crunch to the cookies!
The small peanut pieces in chunky peanut butter can create a delightful contrast to the soft cookie base!!
If you enjoy a bit of crunch and want small peanut chunks dispersed throughout your cookies, using chunky peanut butter would be a great option!
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.
If you enjoy the added texture and flavor of peanuts, go for chunky peanut butter.
If you prefer a smoother and more consistent texture, opt for creamy peanut butter.
Either way, your peanut butter blossom cookies will be delicious!
The dry ingredients in this cookie recipe are 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar.
You’ll also need 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour. And 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
These cookie dough balls get rolled in 1/4 cup granulated sugar before baking.
Once they’ve baked each cookie gets a chunk of chocolate in the center to create the blossom!
You’ll use 36 chocolate kisses, unwrapped!!
What if You Don’t Have Hershey’s Kisses on Hand?
If you don’t have Hershey’s Kisses or prefer to use a different type of chocolate in your peanut butter blossom cookies there are several alternatives you can consider.
Here are a few substitution options…
Use chocolate chunks or chopped chocolate bars instead of Hershey’s Kisses.
You can use semi-sweet, dark, or milk chocolate, depending on your preference.
Simply press the chocolate chunks into the center of each cookie while they are still warm from the oven.
Another popular choice is to use chocolate chips. They come in various flavors and sizes, such as semi-sweet, dark, milk, or even white chocolate.
Similar to chocolate chunks, press a few chocolate chips into the center of each cookie right after they come out of the oven.
Peanut butter cups:
If you’re a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combination, you can substitute Hershey’s Kisses with miniature peanut butter cups!
Just press one peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie as soon as they are baked!!
For a delicious twist, consider using caramel-filled chocolates like Rolos.
The gooey caramel center pairs wonderfully with the peanut butter cookie.
Press one caramel-filled chocolate into the center of each cookie after baking.
Remember to adjust the quantity and size of the chocolate substitution according to your preference and the size of the cookies!!
Experimenting with different chocolates can add variety and create unique flavor profiles in your peanut butter blossom cookies recipe!!!
Instructions for Making the Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookie Recipe
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture and continue beating until well combined.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the dough!
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and then place them on the prepared baking sheets. Space the sugared dough balls about 2 inches apart!
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are lightly golden.
Remove them from the oven.
Immediately press a chocolate star or kiss into the center of each cookie, gently pressing down until the cookie cracks around the edges.
Here is a quick video showing how to finish off these cookies with a kiss!
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough, baking one batch of cookies at a time.
Once the cookies have cooled completely, they are ready to be enjoyed! Peanut butter blossom cookies are a classic treat and perfect for any occasion.
How Should I Store my Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies?
To store your peanut butter blossom cookies and keep them fresh, follow these steps…
Allow the cookies to cool completely after baking. This helps prevent moisture buildup and maintains their texture.
Choose an airtight container or storage option. You can use a cookie jar, airtight plastic containers, or resealable plastic bags. Make sure the container is clean and dry before placing the cookies inside.
Line the container with wax paper or parchment paper. This creates a barrier between the cookies and the container, preventing them from sticking together or absorbing any moisture.
Arrange the cookies in a single layer in the container. Place parchment paper between each layer if necessary. This helps maintain their shape and prevents them from breaking or sticking together.
Store the cookies at room temperature in a cool and dry place. Also store away from direct sunlight, heat sources, or excessive humidity. These factors can affect the texture and taste of the cookies.
Avoid stacking or overcrowding the cookies to prevent them from becoming misshapen or crushed.
By following these storage guidelines, your peanut butter blossom cookies should stay fresh and maintain their flavor for several days.
Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies?
If you want to store the cookies for an extended period, you can also freeze them!
Place them in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag and store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
Thaw them at room temperature when you’re ready to enjoy!!
What Pairs Well with Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies?
Peanut butter blossom cookies have a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate flavors, which pairs well with a variety things!
Here are some ideas for what you can serve or pair with peanut butter blossom cookies…
A classic choice, a glass of cold milk pairs perfectly with peanut butter blossom cookies. The creamy and slightly sweet milk helps balance the richness of the cookies and enhances the flavor combination.
Hot cocoa or hot chocolate:
Another comforting option is to enjoy your peanut butter blossom cookies with a warm cup of hot cocoa or hot chocolate. The chocolatey beverage complements the cookies and provides a cozy treat.
Coffee or tea:
If you’re a coffee or tea lover, enjoy your peanut butter blossom cookies with a freshly brewed cup.
The warm and aromatic drink can provide a nice contrast to the sweet and nutty flavors of the cookies.
Create a delightful dessert by sandwiching a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two peanut butter blossom cookies. What?!?!
This combination adds a cold and creamy element to the cookies and takes them to another level of deliciousness.
Fresh fruit can add a refreshing element to enjoy alongside your peanut butter blossom cookies. The combination of the fruity flavors with the cookies can provide a nice balance.
Strawberries and bananas are a great option!
If you want to enhance the nuttiness of the cookies, consider serving them with a handful of your favorite nuts! Try almonds, walnuts, or cashews.
The additional crunch and flavors can complement the peanut butter base.
Remember, these suggestions are just ideas. You can always experiment with different pairings to find your personal favorite.
Enjoy your peanut butter blossom cookies in whatever way brings you the most joy!
Substitutes to Use in the Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies Recipe
If you don’t have all the necessary ingredients or have dietary restrictions there are a few substitutes you could use!
Peanut butter substitute:
If you’re allergic to peanuts you can use other nut or seed butters as a substitute for peanut butter.
Almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter can work well. These provide a similar creamy texture and nutty flavor.
If you prefer to avoid or are allergic to dairy, you can replace the butter with margarine or coconut oil.
Ensure that the substitute you choose is suitable for baking and has a similar texture to butter.
If you want to reduce the sugar content or have dietary restrictions, you can use alternative sweeteners.
Options like coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey can be used as substitutes. Keep in mind that the taste and texture of the cookies may vary slightly with different sweeteners.
You can use gluten-free all-purpose flour or a blend of gluten-free flours as a substitute for regular all-purpose flour.
Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for substituting gluten-free flour in baking recipes. The proportions may differ.
If you need an egg-free version, you can try using a suitable egg replacer product or substitute each egg with a flax egg. Mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water.
This helps bind the ingredients together and provides a similar texture in the cookies.
When making substitutions, it’s important to keep in mind that the taste, texture, and baking properties of the cookies may vary slightly.
It’s a good idea to experiment and adjust the recipe accordingly to achieve the desired results.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
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- 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling
- 36 chocolate kisses unwrapped, can substitute chocolate stars or chocolate chunks, etc…
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture and continue beating until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the dough.
- Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and then place them on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are lightly golden. Remove them from the oven.
- Immediately press a chocolate kiss or star into the center of each cookie, gently pressing down until the cookie cracks around the edges.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Repeat the process with the remaining dough, baking one batch of cookies at a time.
- Once the cookies have cooled completely, they are ready to be enjoyed!