Peanut blossoms

While racking my brain of what to make for my next blog subject and baking video for youtube, I thought Peanut blossoms would be a good idea. Whenever I bring them to work, at least 5 people tell me they are their favorite cookies.   ( I  wonder if it is the peanut butter/chocolate combo or the Hershey kiss?  I have fun memories of making them around Christmas time with my mom, so I love making these)    And if these cookies make people happy, that makes me happy.  We need a little more joy, love and kindness in the world.  

One of the funniest things about these cookies is that out 13 year old chocolate lab, Charlie, kept trying to hip check me out of the way so he could lick the floor for ant peanut butter.  The dog is a peanut butter fiend!   He is cleary exhausted now from his scrounging efforts. 

If you want, you can chill the mounds of dough for an hour or so.  That way they don’t spread as much.  

Ingredients – 1 cup shortening,  1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, hershey’s kisses.

Directions – preheat oven to 375.   Cream shortening, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Add eggs. Fold in dry ingredients.  Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scoop out dough and roll it balls.  On a cookie sheet, lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies (8 z per sheet).  Bake 9 to 11 minutes.  Immediately press unwrapped kiss in each cookie.  Let sit on sheet for 5 minutes.  Remove.  Cool completely and store in covered container.  You can microwave these 10 to 15 seconds before eating, if you want. 🙂

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