Chocolate Molasses Cookies
$6.50 recipe / $0.27 each
Peanut butter blossoms, also known as “kiss cookies”, are a Christmas cookie favorite, but if you ask me, that classic peanut butter chocolate flavor combo is great any time of year! Plus, because these cookies so are so incredibly easy, they’re great for new cooks or baking with your kids. So pull out that mixing bowl and butter, and let’s go make some cookies!
Peanut butter blossoms start with a chewy peanut butter cookie that has been rolled in a little sugar to make a nice sweet and crispy exterior layer, then each cookie is topped with a creamy chocolate kiss pressed down into the center. They’re super easy to make (no need to chill the dough), and they have a super cute shape that just makes them fun to eat! Plus they look really good as part of a Christmas cookie platter.
One thing I love about these cookies is that you can use either natural-style peanut butter, which can tend to be a bit runnier, or a commercial style like JIF or Peter Pan. Despite the texture differences between the two styles of peanut butter, the cookie still comes together well either way.
While you can technically substitute other types of nut butter, keep in mind that a lot of other nuts and seeds have a much more mild flavor than peanut butter, so the cookies might not have quite as big of a flavor punch.
If you want to go all in on the holiday theme, there are a couple of ways to make these cookies look a little more festive. You can roll the cookies in red or green granulated sugar, or use a special holiday-themed Hershey’s kiss that has different colored chocolate so they stand out even more on that cookie platter.
It’s incredibly important to make sure your peanut butter blossoms cool completely to room temperature before storage. Because the chocolate kisses are pressed into a hot cookie, the kiss will remain soft until the cookie cools, and you don’t want to mess up the shape of that cute kiss! Once the cookies are cooled and the chocolate is firm again, store the cookies in an air-tight container for about 5-7 days. These cookies also freeze very well!
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Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Unwrap 18 chocolate kisses, place them in a bowl, and pop them in the freezer. You’ll want the kisses to be frozen by the time you press them into the cookies.
Add ½ cup room temperature butter, ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup white sugar, and half cup light brown sugar to a bowl.
Beat the butters and sugars together on high speed until they appear light, creamy, and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
Add one large egg and ½ tsp vanilla extract and beat on high speed again until well combined (1-2 minutes).
In a separate bowl, stir together 1.5 cups all-purpose flour with 1 tsp baking powder. Add about half of the flour mixture to the bowl and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the remaining flour and beat again until combined.
When all of the flour is incorporated, the dough should form a soft dough, similar in texture to play dough, with no dry flour on the bottom of the bowl.
Place 2 Tbsp granulated sugar in a small bowl. Divide the dough into 18 portions, about 1.5 Tbsp each. Roll them into a ball, then roll the ball in the small dish of granulated sugar to coat. Place the rolled and coated cookies on a parchment-lined baking dish.
Space the cookies out about 2-inches from each other (I did 12 on the first sheet, six on the second). Bake the cookies in the preheated 375ºF oven for 8-10 minutes, or just until you see a little cracking around the bottom edge and only a slight golden browning on the top, but no more.
The cookies won’t spread very much, they mostly puff up into nice little dome shapes. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a frozen chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. It’s important to do this while the cookies are still hot and very soft.
Allow the cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes on the cookie sheet so they firm up enough to be able to pick them up with a spatula without bending. Once slightly firmed, transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Enjoy the cookies when still slightly warm and soft, or wait until they cool completely! YUM!