It doesn’t matter what you call them, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies or even just “you know dear, my favorite peanut butter Christmas cookies!” like my husband’s great Aunt…we all know these classic Christmas cookies!
These peanut butter blossom cookies have stood the test of time and are now considered a classic. In my house, they are a mandatory Christmas cookie that has to be made every year.
Peanut Butter Blossoms are a deliciously dense peanut butter cookie, adorned with sparkling granulated sugar and a delicious little Hershey kiss in the center.
The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Are Made with Shortening
I feel like I may start a fight here, but I am going to go ahead and say it anyways.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are best when made with shortening versus butter. Please don’t shoot the messenger!!
I have tested this recipe both ways, with butter and with butter flavored shortening (like the classic recipe calls for) and they are just better when made with shortening.
If you use shortening, the cookies will be just a little softer and almost…chewier. It’s hard to describe the difference, but you can taste it in the final texture.
If you don’t believe me, I recommend making this recipe with shortening and with butter and then doing a blind taste test! It’s actually pretty fun and then you will know which way you prefer best.
No matter which one you pick — butter or shortening — your peanut butter blossom cookies will be delicious. Just if you choose shortening, they will be just a tad better. 😉
How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms
The cookie recipe itself is very easy to make with a quick and easy peanut butter cookie dough that we roll into balls and then into granulated sugar.
Place on an uncreased baking sheet — or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up — and bake for about 8 minutes. It’s better to under-bake the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies than to over-bake them.
Then fresh out of the oven, press an unwrapped chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie and let the cookies cool and the chocolate re-harden. Adding the chocolate kisses is my girl’s favorite part to help with every year!
This is honestly the hardest part and I always eat a few warm cookies with melt-y chocolate. It’s my favorite part every year — stealing a few warm ones!
How to Dress Up Peanut Butter Blossoms
I’m going to be honest with you, these cookies are absolutely spectacular in their classic form and need nothing changed about them.
However, I understand that sometimes we all need something new and fresh, so I have a few fun suggestions you can try to dress up a Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie.
Switch the kiss in the center for a different flavored kiss – I recommend a dark chocolate kiss instead.
Roll your Peanut Butter Blossoms in different colored sprinkles or sanding sugar. Like red and green sprinkles for Christmas.