I made some peanut butter balls, soft pumpkin cookies, molasses cookies (a gluten-free variety!), and these peanut butter blossoms.
I'm sure everyone has had these at some point in their lives. They were always one of my favorites to make as a kid. I found an interesting variety of different recipes online, and kind of just tweaked one to go with the ingredients I wanted. I also halved it, because 48 seemed like way too many. Actually I halved all the recipes today, otherwise it would just have been too much of a cookie explosion up in here.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
48 Hershey's kisses
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
extra sugar to roll in
Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix together the peanut butter and the shortening until smooth. Add in the sugars, egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a separate bowl (if you so desire, I rarely do), mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls, rolling them each in sugar and placing them about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. While they're baking, unwrap the Hershey's kisses. Once you take them out of the oven, each cookie gets one kiss in the middle. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
This is the peanut butter and the shortening.
And this is after everything else is put in. I forgot to take a photo of the in between step. It looked much the same, you're not missing a lot.
Here they are, all rolled in sugar and ready to go in the oven.
You'll notice they do not get a lot bigger, so you can't make them too small or the kisses won't fit. Here you can see some plain ones before kisses, and a few after.
These cookies are especially good for those who like Hershey's kisses. I am not a huge fan of just plain chocolate like that, so I am not quite as gung-ho. But like I said, these aren't for me, they're for a party!