Thursday, January 17, 2013

Peanut Blossom Cookies with HEART

We love Peanut Blossoms around here.  They are just plain YUM!!  Peanut butter.  Chocolate.  What's NOT to love?  Instead of topping your Peanut Blossom with a Hershey's Kiss, celebrate the season of love by using a heart shaped chocolate candy instead. 
This is Grandma Brown's recipe so it's tried and true and oh, so loved by everyone.  From our house to yours, we hope you and your missionary enjoy!
Peanut Blossom Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
2 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cup flour
48 chocolate candies, unwrapped
(like Hershey's kisses or hearts)

Combine all ingredients except the candy in a large bowl. (Yup, you heard right.  This is a 'dump and mix' recipe.  Love those!)  Mix on lowest speed of mixer until dough forms.  Shape dough into balls using a rounded teaspoon full for each. (I use a small scoop - Crestware 18/8.   It's about 1 1/4" across the bowl of the scoop.  Makes them the absolute perfect size for mailing in a can.)  Roll balls in white sugar to coat.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet (I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper so I don't have to wash it...I'm lazy like that).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Top each cookie immediately with a candy kiss or other chocolate candy.  Press down firmly so the cookie cracks around the edges.
Never mailed cookies to your missionary before? 
You should really read 'A Word About Mailing Cookies' prior to baking. 



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