Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Kisses

These Peanut Butter & Chocolate Kiss cookies are a family favorite... my mom has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember! The Peanut Butter & Chocolate Kiss recipe we uses comes from an old 1980's cookie recipe book aptly named Cookies by Natalie Hartanov Haughton. For Christmas a few years ago, my mom was able to track down and gift a copy of the book to me and Amy. A very special and nostalgic gift that we have been able to get a lot of use out of so far!

My mom's copy of the Cookie book is missing its front cover, the pages are tattered, dog-eared and torn, spattered with remnants of cookie baking from the past. You know the recipes are good when a recipe book looks like that! Needless to say, my holiday baking includes these traditional, delicious cookies!

Not only are these Peanut Butter & Chocolate Kiss cookies a crowd-pleaser, they are also easy to make! The most time consuming part is unwrapping the chocolate kisses... :)

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Kisses
recipe from Cookies by Natalie Hartanov Haughton

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or colored sprinkles)
48 milk-chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375F.

In a medium bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. Add flour and baking soda, beating thoroughly until blended. Shape dough into 48 balls, using a rounded teaspoon for each.

Roll balls in 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately top each cookie with a candy. kiss, carefully pressing down firmly. Remove cookies from baking sheets; cool on racks.

Makes 48 (1 3/4 inch) cookies.

Note:  Make sure the chocolate kiss is hardened before you try to put away/package the cookies!!! If it's not cooled completely, you will have a gooey chocolate mess on your hands (literally).

Hope you enjoy this cookie recipe as much as we do!

Happy Holidays!


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