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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Taste Buds: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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I love peanut butter cookies and this recipe takes the cake. I spent quite some time getting the peanut butter and sugar ratios correct and ended up making three batches. The batch that came out today with all the last minute tweaks from the first two batches was divine. There is nothing better than a well made peanut butter cookie... add a kiss on top and who could refuse?

   RECIPE: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup peanuts, minced
1 bag of Hershey kisses

DIRECTIONS
1. In small bowl mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Using an electric mixer combine sugars, peanut butter, shortening, butter egg and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Slowly add in flour mixture combining well. Add in minced peanut and stir by hand.
3. For fluffier soft cookies wrap dough tightly in saran wrap flattening it into a large hockey puck shape. Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight. For thinner crisper cookies skip refrigerating the dough and go directly to the next step. You can also freeze this dough for up to a month just make sure to thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator completely before cooking with it.
4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
5. Put a piece of parchment paper or silmat down on the cookie sheet. Shape dough into heaping tablespoon balls and place at least 2 inches apart (they will flatten and spread in the oven). I like to use a staggered 3-2-3-2-3 approach.
6. Refrigerate uncooked cookies on cookie sheet for 15 minutes.
7. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges.
8. While cookies are baking un-wrap Hershey kisses. Remove pan from the oven and immediately press Hershey kisses into the center of each cookie pressing down into the dough. Let cookies set for 3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

These were so delicious, moist and chewy. I could have sat and ate the entire plate of them.

lilmansworld said...

I wonder who the first person was that discovered the amazing orgasmic flavoring combination of peanut butter and chocolate. He/She deserves every award possible!

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