Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you haven’t realized my slight obsession with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate (here, here, here, here), let me present you with yet another example.  These peanut butter blossoms are one of Justin’s favorites and make an appearance at least once every winter/Christmastime.  Whether for our own enjoyment, hostess gifts, or for entertaining purposes, they are a sure hit every time.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
Chocolate kisses or stars

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  With an electric mixer, beat shortening and peanut butter on medium speed for 30 seconds in a large mixing bowl.

3.  Add the 1/2 cup of sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda; beat until combined.

4.  Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined.

5.  Mix in as much of the flour as possible with the mixer.  Stir in any remaining flour.

6.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the 1/4 cup of sugar.

7.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm and lightly browned.

8.  Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie center.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.


***Recipe Source:  Better Homes and Garden

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