Sunday, April 14, 2013

Peanut Butter Blossoms


When I bake I always share with the neighbors.  It is always nice to share and since there are just the two of us, it is a very good thing to do.  This time, however, they were gone before I could put some on a plate to walk next door.  There are four reasons why they disappeared:  1) Mr. T. has a well developed sweet tooth, 2) Mr. T. loves peanut butter cookies, 3) Mr. T. especially loves peanut butter and chocolate, and 4) I couldn't help myself and also ate a few or more than a few!

The recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms has been around for a very long time so when I saw it on Colleen's blog, Secrets from the Cookie Princess I smiled.  It is Secret Recipe Club reveal day and, yes, I was assigned Collen's blog, Secrets from the Cookie Princess.

I was going to make her Roasted Garlic Flatbread and Red Pepper, Walnut, Tahini Dip but my energy level has been down a bit so I made the cookies as a back-up plan.  It is a good thing that I did....as I am delaying the flatbread and dip and will make it next week!

As I compared my recipe to Colleen's, I noticed two things.  1) Her recipe made 7 1/2 dozen cookies!  That would be enough for our entire neighborhood so I had to reduce it.  And, 2) the recipe used all butter.  I was hesitant to use all butter and thought that I should use half butter and half shortening.  I made that decision because butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening, so it will melt faster.  The faster the melting, the more quickly the cookie will spread in the oven.  Since I didn't want a flat and crispy cookie but one that maintained its shape and raised, using half butter and half shortening was the best option for me.


Who doesn't want to press a Hershey's Kiss into a warm cookie and see the sides of the cookie raise around the chocolate kiss and then watch as the chocolate starts to melt?  Doesn't your mouth just water thinking about it?  Aren't these the cutest little morsels?

My very old recipe yield's half of Colleen's and is almost a match ingredient to ingredient (except for the adjustments previously mentioned) so that is what I have transcribed.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Yield:  3 dozen

1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
36 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped

Cream together sugars, shortening, butter and peanut butter.  Add other ingredients, except kisses.  Mix until thick  dough forms.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls using a rounded scoop or or teaspoons.  Roll balls in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat sheet.  Bake at 375° F. for 8-10 minutes.  Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately top each cookie with a kiss, pressing down to secure the kiss.  Cool the cookies on a cooling rack.  Store the cookies flat after thoroughly cooled.

PRINTABLE RECIPE


According to Colleen, she is obsessed with baking and blogging.  After perusing her blog for a few days, I can attest to the fact that she loves to bake!  There were so many dessert recipes on her blog that I was overwhelmed...thus the few days it took to zero in on that one special recipe to share.   Stop by and say hello if you get a chance.


20 comments:

  1. This is such a classic recipe.

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  2. These look so amazing and chewy and PERFECT! Yum!

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  3. I love peanut butter blossoms.....one of the best cookies ever. Nice photos!

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  4. So glad you enjoyed my blog and this recipe. Interesting note about the butter versus shortening--I've never ended up with the flat version of these cookies and always wondered how other people got that result. Glad the substitution worked for you. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. One of my favorite cookies! I didn't know about that little fact about butter and shortening...interesting!

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  6. one of my favorite treats - these look great!

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  7. got to love a traditional cookie! great src recipe

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  8. What could be better than chocolate and peanut butter. Oh dear and I just said no more baking for awhile. Looks good.

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  9. Sure wish I had a couple of these Peanut Butter Blossoms to go with my afternoon tea. Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

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  10. These are my husbands favorite cookie. I always make them at CHristmas!

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  11. I love peanut butter blossoms and reading your post has me wanting to run to the kitchen to make a batch... YUM!!

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  12. Peanut butter blossoms are the best! PB and chocolate..YUM-O. great choice. I'm a fellow SRC member, group D

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  13. Fabulous pics.. who doesn't love peanut butter blossoms. Pinning this one for later.

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  14. My kids love these cookies. Yours look terrific.

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  15. Oh these must've been really good. Pinned to try for the holidays this year. Stopping by from Group A!

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog. I'd love for you to stop by and be a part of it!!!
    http://www.myhobbielobbie.com/2013/04/a-few-of-my-favorite-things-and-giveaway.html

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  16. These look wonderful, Kate! They make me wish I was your neighbor. :-) ...Susan

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  17. very good call on the fat blend--your texture looks ideal! and yes, a full batch of these would be trouble, because what i couldn't share with others would go directly into my mouth. :)

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  18. these were my faaaaavorite cookie as a kid!

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  19. Who could say no to these? They look delish!

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