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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

If you're a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, you will absolutely love these Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. They're also known as Peanut Butter Blossoms and they're heavenly. This small batch cookie recipe will yield 6 Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.

Six peanut butter kiss cookies on a cooling rack

Peanut Butter Blossoms always make an appearance on our cookie tray during the holidays. Everyone loves them, and what's not to love? Creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate are a classic combination. You might know these classic cookies by another name too, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

Why This Recipe Works

  • When my kids were small, they used to love making these special cookies with me. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are just so easy to make, tiny hands can help with very little supervision. My kids loved rolling the balls of cookie dough between their hands and then rolling the balls in sugar. But the best part was unwrapping a Hershey's Kiss and pushing it into the center of the warm cookies.
  • These cookies are spectacular! Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination and these peanut butter blossoms certainly don't disappoint.

History

Peanut Butter Blossom cookies made their debut in 1957 when they were submitted as an entry in the Grand National Pillsbury Bake-off competition. Ohio baker, Freda Smith intended to make a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies but when she went to grab a bag of chocolate chips from her pantry, she realized that the bag was empty. Instead, Freda grabbed a bag of Hershey's kisses and placed one on the top of every cookie.

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Her cookie did not win first place, yet Peanut Blossoms are one of America's most popular cookie recipes. These wonderful cookies have been seen on nearly every kitchen table in America.

Small details of the recipe tend to vary from baker to baker, but in essence Peanut Butter Blossom cookies have two main ingredients; peanut butter and chocolate.

A small bowl of unwrapped hershey's kisses on a cooling rack with scattered hershey's kisses

Ingredients

When working on this small batch peanut butter blossoms cookie recipe, I didn't want to stray too far from the original. I wanted to keep the same flavor and texture of the large batch cookies we remember.

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Sugar: 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar along with the butter creamed together is the base of this cookie dough. You will also use a small amount of additional sugar to roll the balls of cookie dough in before baking.
  • Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter works best in this recipe. Use 2 tablespoons.
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons of slightly softened salted butter adds flavor and buttery goodness to each bite. You want to use softened butter in this peanut butter cookie recipe because you want to cream the butter and the sugar together to create air pockets. These air pockets are what help make these cookies light and airy. Softened butter should still be cool to the touch but when you press your finger into the butter, your finger will leave an indentation.
  • Egg yolk: 1 egg yolk is all that is needed in this small batch cookie recipe. Please see below for ways to use up the leftover egg white.
  • Flour: Use 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
  • Baking soda and baking powder: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder will give the cookies a little lift.
  • Hershey's milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped: This is the ingredient that takes peanut butter cookies to a whole new level. They wouldn't be called peanut butter kiss cookies without Hershey's kisses.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Begin by mixing together all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate candy in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately place 1 unwrapped chocolate candy in the center of each cookie.
two pictures of rolled cookie dough and a chocolate candy being pressed into the center of the dough.

Expert Tips

  • Although milk chocolate kisses are traditionally used in this peanut butter kiss cookie recipe, experiment with different mini candies. I love adding mini peanut butter cups. You might like to try Rolo candies, heart shaped chocolates for Valentine's Day, or any of the festive Hershey's kisses such as peppermint and pumpkin spice.
  • Roll the cookie dough in colored sugar for a more festive appearance.
  • Be careful not crowd the cookies on the cookie sheet. As they bake, the cookies will spread out and you don't want them to stick together.
  • You can use natural peanut butter in this recipe, just be sure to stir the peanut butter if the oil has separated in the jar. Using other nut butters may alter the taste and texture of the cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Store Peanut Butter Blossoms?

This small batch recipe will yield 6 cookies. After you have baked them, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I Make Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Ahead Of Time?

Yes! You can make a batch of the cookie dough and store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container. Bake the cookies when you are ready.

What Should I Do With The Leftover Egg White

You will only need to use an egg yolk in this cookie recipe.
You might like to consider refrigerating the egg white and using it in scrambled eggs or in any of these easy recipes:
Meringue Cookies
Coconut Macaroons
Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Five peanut butter kiss cookies on a baking sheet

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Small Batch Peanut Butter Blossoms

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate, cookies, peanut butter,
Servings: 6 cookies
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 Hershey's Kisses unwrapped

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375° F (190° C).
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and the egg yolk with an electric mixer.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder to the bowl and mix until dough forms.
  • Pour remaining tablespoon of sugar in a separate small bowl and set aside.
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in the sugar and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and immediately press 1 chocolate candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Although milk chocolate kisses are traditionally used in this peanut butter kiss cookie recipe, experiment with different mini candies. I love adding mini peanut butter cups. You might like to try Rolo candies, heart shaped chocolates for Valentine's Day, or any of the festive Hershey's kisses such as peppermint and pumpkin spice.
  • Roll the cookie dough in colored sugar for a more festive appearance.
  • Be careful not crowd the cookies on the cookie sheet. As they bake, the cookies will spread out and you don't want them to stick together.
  • You can use natural peanut butter in this recipe, just be sure to stir the peanut butter if the oil has separated in the jar. Using other nut butters may alter the taste and texture of the cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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2 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies”

  1. Hi there. I enjoy many of your recipes so much that I would like to make them in larger quantities to share with my extended families. How would I go about increasing them? Many thanks for keeping us sane with delicious variety.

    1. Hi Lorraine, I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes. Although our recipes are created and tested to be single servings or small batch, many of then can be successfully doubled to serve more. If we know a recipe can be doubled with success we will make note of it within the recipe post. Feel free to reach out to ask me about any specific recipes.

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