Classic peanut butter blossom cookie recipe is so simple to prepare with a quick bake time too. A fabulous peanut butter base cookie with a decadent chocolate kiss center. Perfect for kids' parties, holiday cookie exchange, tailgate treats, bake sales, and just plain old fashion cookies and milk.
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❤️ Why this recipe works
- A classic recipe that is easy to make and everyone loves them.
- This is not just a Christmas-time cookie. Make it all year long as they're always a hit.
- Sending cookies to friends and family, these travel well.
- unsalted butter
- creamy peanut butter
- granulated white sugar
- light brown sugar
- whole milk
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- Hershey's kisses
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This is an overview of the recipe. The full instructions are below in the recipe card.
Step 1: In a large bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine butter and sugars, blend until well combined.
Step 2: Whisk in eggs, milk, and vanilla
Step 3: Blend well.
Step 4: Mix in the dry ingredient, the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 5: Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
Step 6: Then roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll the cookie dough in sugar.
Step 7: Place on the prepared baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
Step 8: Quickly place a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
Step 9: Cool and serve.
How to store, reheat, and freeze
Storage: Baked cookies can be kept in a covered airtight container for about 4 days.
Make ahead: When preparing the cookies, the refrigerated dough can be stored in the fridge overnight.
Freezer instructions: The cookies can be made ahead, up to 3 months, and stored in freezer-safe bags. Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag before sealing.
Defrost in the refrigerator or counter, usually around 3-4 hours to defrost.
💭 Expert Tips
For best results, place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes before rolling into cookies. This keeps the cookies pillowy and they do not spread a lot.
- Use unsalted butter, if you only have salted butter, do not add salt to the cookies.
- Be sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature so the batter blends well.
- As you cook the cookies in batches, be sure to place the uncooked dough on cooled baking trays so they don't flatten too much.
- Be sure to check the expiration date in baking soda, baking soda can go bad. Replace old baking soda.
- For best results, follow the baking instructions and do not overbake your cookies. The dough will be light brown and soft when the baking is complete.
- Quickly place the unwrapped chocolate kisses into the center of the cookies when they are removed from the oven.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cookie dough can be made in advance and rolled into balls. Place on a baking tray in the freezer for about 1 hour. Once cookies are frozen, place them in a freezer bag and they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Bake as directed below in the recipe.
I cannot stress enough that the butter should be at room temperature but not almost melting. If the butter is too soft, the cookies will spread.
Do you want to change up this recipe? Here are some ways that you increase the flavor of this dish.
If you prefer to change up the center, use any other type of chocolate kiss center.
Other candies can be placed in the center such as Rolos or Reece's candies.
For a festive extra treat, roll the cookies in colored sugar to match a holiday celebration. Red and Green for Christmas, or Blue and Red for Fourth of July.
Some other Holiday Sweets you may enjoy are Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies,
Homemade Peppermint Patties, Instant Pot Holiday Swirl Cheesecake, and Almond Roca are all perfect recipes to celebrate the Holidays.
I do love a great Holiday cookie, some favorites are Rugelach, Spritz Cookies, and Pecan Crescents which would all be great on a holiday cookie table.
Levian Chocolate Chip Cookies or our Big, Fat Chewy Chocolate Chips would all make delicious cookies for any dessert cookie table.
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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
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- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4-5 Tablespoons white sugar, to roll dough in before baking
- 36 chocolate kiss candies
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, with the paddle attachment, on low speed to blend well the unsalted butter, creamy peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. The mixture will be smooth.
- To the stand mixer bowl, using low speed, mix in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract until well blended.
- Gently stir a little at a time, the flour, baking soda, and salt, to just blend the ingredients.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill dough.
- Preheat oven to 375°F/191°C. Place a Silpat on a baking tray or spray the baking sheet with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
- Remove dough from the fridge and roll into 1 inch balls.
- Roll each ball into the white sugar. Place on the prepared baking tray.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will be soft and light brown.
- Quickly press in a chocolate kiss candy into the center of each cookie. The cookie will crack slightly.
- Place them on a cooling rack to harden slightly as they cool.
- Continue until all the dough is used to make cookies.
Oh so good.
Awesome Carole, glad you enjoy the cookies.
Cookies look delicious. Thanks for the giveaway
You are very welcome Gail, good luck and enjoy the recipe.
I love all of your tips and tricks to make the perfect blossom cookies! These look amazing!!
Aw, thank you Deb. Enjoy!
Love the recipe! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Fabulous Marsha! Glad you enjoy the cookies.
Such a delicious classic cookie recipe!
Thank you so much Jamie!
Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
Such a great treat for holiday trays!
Thank you so much Nichi.
I love the way you explain things. It makes me feel like I'm in the kitchen with you as you explain what you're doing and why.
Thank you so much, Crystal. I appreciate the kind compliment. I hope you have a wonderful day.
These are one of my favorite cookies! Thanks for the recipe & the chance to win.
My pleasure Debi. Good luck.
I could really use a gift card to help purchase gifts for others this holiday season!
I hope you are a winner Charlie! Good luck.
My kids love peanut butter blossoms and this sounds wonderful thank you for sharing.
Awesome Jane, enjoy the cookies.
I have a cookie exchange on Saturday night, I’m going to try these! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful holiday!!!
Fantastic Lorie. I hope you enjoy the cookies and the exchange. Let me know how they turn out for you.
Karen @Karen's Kitchen Stories
These are definitely a classic! Your photos are gorgeous!
Thank you very much Kaaren. I so appreciate your kind words.,
Eileen these cookies look so tasty! I haven't made peanut butter blossoms in forever 🙂
I can't wait to try your recipe,
Thank you Ang. Thank you for running this fabulous giveaway!