This started as my mother's recipe, but I made adjustments over time to find the right peanut butter cookie base which is solid enough not to break but soft when you bite into them. These have been a family holiday favorite for many years, hope yours enjoys them too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat peanut butter, shortening, 2/3 cup white sugar, brown sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy and smooth.

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  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Gradually fold flour mixture into peanut butter mixture to form a smooth dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Pour 1/4 cup white sugar into a shallow bowl. Scoop dough into 1-inch balls, roll balls in sugar, and place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.

  • Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 6 minutes; rotate cookie sheets and continue baking for another 3 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss about halfway down in the center of each cookie. Bake for until chocolate begins to melt and lose form, another 2 to 3 minutes. Cool on wire racks until chocolate hardens, at least 3 hours.

Cook's Notes:

Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour to make dough easier to work with before shaping balls. This also helps retain the shape when baking and avoid too much cracking when adding kisses.

Prep kisses by unwrapping foils and lining them upright on a plate or cookie sheet for easy transfer to cookie dough. Baking dough too long before adding kisses can cause kisses to fall out of the cookie dough when cooled. Kisses need to bake long enough to adhere to the cookie base but not to the point that they lose shape. Do not over bake!

Stacking cookies before chocolate has fully cooled and hardened will cause them to squish and loose shape. Freeze immediately when cooled. I've kept them up to 2 months and they taste as fresh as the day they were baked. Try also carmel-filled kisses or other chocolate candy (add caramel-filled kisses during last 2 minutes bake time and increase cooling time by at least 1 hour).

Nutrition Facts

216 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 22.7g 7% DV; fat 12.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 10.9mg 4% DV; sodium 153.8mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2014
There is no need to make this recipe so complicated. If you add just a small amount of extra flour, the dough holds together enough to shape without having to wait for it to chill. It does not affect the taste or texture at all. Also, I didn't use baking sheets. I rolled them into balls, dipped in sugar, and put in mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. Then, you don't have to worry about cracking or spreading. I baked in a pre-heated oven for 6 minutes, removed, added the kisses, and baked for an additional 3 minutes. No need to rotate the pans. There is just no need to keep opening the oven. Keep it closed and let them bake. I shaved three minutes off the time as written. Perfection and much easier than the way it's written! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/14/2020
I am surprised at all the 5 star reviews for this recipe. For me, the cookies were way too dry -- even difficult to form them into nice balls. That was my first clue. I think they need more shortening, butter, milk -- something! Also, mine were not very sweet -- I think the recipe translated incorrectly when I increased from 4 dozen to 6 dozen. Be careful when using that tool here on this site. Time-consuming cookies to make; expensive (nearly $10 for Hershey's Kisses) and ultimately quite disappointing. Look elsewhere to make delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2014
There is no need to make this recipe so complicated. If you add just a small amount of extra flour, the dough holds together enough to shape without having to wait for it to chill. It does not affect the taste or texture at all. Also, I didn't use baking sheets. I rolled them into balls, dipped in sugar, and put in mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. Then, you don't have to worry about cracking or spreading. I baked in a pre-heated oven for 6 minutes, removed, added the kisses, and baked for an additional 3 minutes. No need to rotate the pans. There is just no need to keep opening the oven. Keep it closed and let them bake. I shaved three minutes off the time as written. Perfection and much easier than the way it's written! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2016
Caliboo - I like your tip on using mini muffin tins :) In my oven, i need to rotate pans since i bake 4 dozen cookies on 2 large cookie sheets per bake cycle. Each baker knows their oven (or should!) and will decide whether rotating is needed or not, but I get a more consistent color/even bake when rotating. Adding flour will affect the texture and flavor. Flour stiffens the dough, which may help hold the form of the cookie/prevent spread, but makes it more dry and crumbly when baked. Chilling instead will preserve shape without impairing flavor or texture. The the couple folks with negative reviews stating they were dry/crumbly, all i can say is you did it wrong somehow. You skipped an ingredient or changed the batch yield perhaps, but as i previously commented, i forgot the milk once and knew immediately it was a MAJOR problem. the dough was crumbly before baking without milk, but even adding it after dough was mixed still saved the batch. Regarding batch yield. Allrecipes changed my title from which had said DOUBLE BATCH. They left my ingredient list as written, but the yield shown on the published version is 4 doz, which is incorrect. This recipe yeilds about 8-10 doz, depending how small you roll the balls. (I aim for no bigger than 1.25" diameter cookies when baked, or about 2+ tsp of dough) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2015
I agree with the original poster. You must chill the dough. Simply adding more flour alters the overall taste. I've tried making them both ways and the chilled dough is by far the best. Please follow the directions and use shortening. I used Crisco Butter Flavored Shortening and the cookies were fantastic. I've used butter in the past when I didn't have shortening on hand and the cookies aren't as fluffy. Also for those who say you don't need to bake the Hershey Kiss - you're missing out on what makes this cookie great! If you don't bake the Kiss it's a hard piece of chocolate in a soft cookie. Baking the Kiss changes the density. It sits back up but loses the harsh firmness and melts in your mouth. Yes if you let the cookies cool you can stack the baked Kisses.:) Thank you for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2014
This was exactly the kind of blossom/kiss cookie recipe I was looking for. Soft chewy full. I've had others that are more along the lines of a traditional peanut butter cookie on the bottom crunchier texture flat greasy tasting... Not this one. I prefer when the cookie holds it's shape and comes out thicker and soft and this recipe fit the bill. Made them yesterday with my 4 year old son and we had a blast doing it together. Ate one his morning and they are yummy! The baking times were spot on for me. The only issue I had was that my kisses seem to want to pop off the cookie... But really who cares?! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2015
This recipe is great! I didn't refrigerate the dough I just went on to the next step and they turned out just fine. I also didn't put the chocolate on then put them back in the oven. The cookies will be plenty hot enough after they are completely cooked to make the kiss nice and gooey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2015
Best blossoms ever! I chose this recipe because of the amount of peanut butter. It was more than the other recipes I found. If I'm going thru the trouble of making this type cookie I want it to taste like it! I had to substitute the peanut butter for almond butter (because I have two children with peanut allergies) and I used a 1/2 cup of butter instead a full cup of shortening - but everything else was the same. My DH ate half a sheet which is saying something. He is very lean and fit and has amazing self control when it comes to eating. He made a point to tell me to remember this recipe because it's one of the best cookies he's ever had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2016
Soft texture and delicious flavor. I followed the recipe as written and was very pleased with the results. The advice about cooking time at the bottom of the recipe was very helpful. I will be baking this version again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2015
These are more my husband's favorite. He loves them though. Though mysteriously the kisses sometimes just disappear off a few cookies. My son (with a chocolatey mouth) can't figure it out either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
Just how I remember them. Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/14/2020
I am surprised at all the 5 star reviews for this recipe. For me, the cookies were way too dry -- even difficult to form them into nice balls. That was my first clue. I think they need more shortening, butter, milk -- something! Also, mine were not very sweet -- I think the recipe translated incorrectly when I increased from 4 dozen to 6 dozen. Be careful when using that tool here on this site. Time-consuming cookies to make; expensive (nearly $10 for Hershey's Kisses) and ultimately quite disappointing. Look elsewhere to make delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms. Read More