Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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peanut-butter-blossoms-recipe-lrgCookies are great to make for summer snacks when the kids are at home.  During the summer months when children are at home, it can really wreck your food budget!  Making homemade cookies is a great way to keep your kids busy and the homemade goodies will also help to keep your food budget on track.

These cookies are another family favorite.  The cookie part is made from peanut butter and the “blossom” part is a Hershey’s kiss candy.  I’ve used chocolate kisses, and also the mint chocolate kisses for some variety.  You may want to experiment with different varieties too in order to see which kind of cookies your family prefers.

Don’t worry if you run out of chocolate candy: you can just make plain peanut butter cookies too using this recipe!

To make the cookie batter, you’ll need:

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of shortening

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla(if desired)

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  Cream the shortening and the sugar together.  Add brown sugar and blend well.  Add the egg and the milk.  Mix well.  If desired, add the vanilla.  Blend in the peanut butter.

Slowly add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until well blended.

The dough will be slightly “sticky”.  In order to make it more manageable, put the dough into the refrigerator until just slightly chilled.

Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch sized balls.

For the cookie topping, you’ll need:

Sugar

Hershey Kiss Candies–variety of your choosing( buy more candy than you think you’ll need to allow for snacking!)

Roll the peanut butter balls in a bowl filled with sugar. Flatten the balls with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly brown.  Remove the cookies from the oven and press a candy on the top of each cookie.  Put back in the oven for about 2 minutes or until the candy is slightly melted. Remove immediately from the cookie sheet or the chocolate will continue to melt.

Cool on a wire rack in a cool place.  Store cookies after the chocolate has hardened or you’ll have a mess! During the summer, I like to keep these cookies stored in the fridge.  Because we live in a very warm area, I’ve found that the chocolate can melt and stick the cookies together.

Enjoy!

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