Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies are made with a sugar covered peanut butter dough topped with a Hershey Kiss. They’re delicious AND easy to make!
One classic Christmas cookie that we see in almost every cookie exchange is Peanut Butter Blossoms.
But, there is no reason that these cookies are just for Christmas! They’re delicious any time of year!
I love these little Hershey Kiss Cookies because I feel like I’m getting two treats in one – both the cookie itself and then the whole Hershey Kiss that’s sitting on top.
The dough I use for these Hershey’s peanut butter blossoms is the same that I use for my Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies and also for the Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies.
Sometimes I will make the dough and split it up and make half with the Hershey Kisses (my favorite) and half with the jelly (my husband’s favorite).
Many people have asked me when to put the Kiss on the Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies. A lot of people put them on right at the end when they have finished baking.
I like to put them on close to the end of baking and then put them back in the oven for a couple minutes. This way the bottom of the Kiss melts a bit and stays adhered to the cookie.
Another option besides using Hershey Kisses is to use milk chocolate stars. This is what my Grandma always used for her cookies.
Brach’s Chocolate Stars are the most common type, but you can also look for store brands, which may make your cookies less expensive than using Kisses.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
(See recipe card below for amounts and complete instructions.)
- baking soda
- baking powder
- peanut butter – smooth is best
- butter, softened
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
How to Make Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Blend together flour, baking soda and powder and salt and set aside. Beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add in the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Place additional white sugar in a small bowl. Form balls using 1 Tablespoon of dough for each cookie.
Roll the balls in the sugar and then place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes or until puffed up and edges are just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and top each cookie with a Hershey Kiss and press down slightly. Return to oven for 2-3 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven.
Let sit for 2 minutes and then move to cool completely on wire racks.
How to Store Peanut Butter Blossoms:
These cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They will remain fresh for up to 5 days. Be careful if stacking the cookies because you don’t want the Hershey Kisses to become dislodged from the cookies.
How to Stack Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies:
As I mentioned above, you need to be careful with storing these cookies so the Kisses don’t pop off. The best way to stack them is by starting with a layer of cookies place right next to each other edge to edge. For the second layer, look for the spaces where four cookies touch and place the 2nd level cookies in those “empty” spaces that don’t have a Kiss on them.
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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter - smooth is best
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 24 Hershey Kisses
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend together flour, baking soda and powder and salt and set aside.
- Beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Add sugars and beat until fluffy.
- Blend in egg and vanilla.
- Add in the flour mixture and stir until combine.
- Place additional white sugar in a small bowl.
- Form balls using 1 Tablespoon of dough for each cookie.
- Roll the balls in the sugar and then place on prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes or until puffed up and edges are just beginning to brown.
- Remove from oven and top each cookie with a Hershey Kiss and press down slightly.
- Return to oven for 2-3 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven.
- Allow to cool 2 minutes before moving to cool completely on wire racks.
When do you put the Hershey kiss on top? Before putting in oven or after?
Step 11 – after taking out of oven 🙂
Can you prepare dough, roll in balls and freeze? Then thaw, roll in sugar! and bake? Wanted to make sure texture would hold up afterward!
I haven’t tried it, so I can’t give you a definitive answer. My guess is that it would work, but I can’t guarantee it.
Can you freeze these after baking?
I just made these, but with Reese’s peanut butter cups & they were AMAZING!
Oh, yum! Glad you liked them!
Hi there , I want to make these for a cookie exchange and I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on how to package so they do not become dry or hard ?
We usually package them in either plastic containers with airtight lids, cookie tins, or for short term giving to someone we’ll put them on a paper plate and slip inside a large ziploc bag.
Just made them fir Christmas. One of the easiest recipes I have tried and they are great. Thank you
I’m so happy to hear that! I just made them again yesterday too.