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Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossoms by SeasonWithSpice.com

On Sunday, as a foot of snow fell, the winds whipped up the sticky flakes, coating tree trunks like almond bark on pretzels, and carpeting the ground in a thick, frosting-like white. 

On the other side of the kitchen window, in the warmth of standing near a glowing oven, I was baking Christmas cookies – four dozen Peanut Blossoms, topped with dark chocolate and milk chocolate kisses.

Peanut Blossoms recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Peanut Blossom Cookies by Season with Spice 
Makes 48 cookies

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) – softened
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
48 chocolate kisses (dark chocolate or milk chocolate)

Method: 
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. In a bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, until light and fluffy. Then add in egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until well blended.
4. Take the dry mix and gradually add it into the wet batter, stirring well each time to combine.
5. Shape the dough into 48 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Place them on two ungreased baking sheets, and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Note:
This recipe – like most of our dessert recipes on Season with Spice – cuts back on the sugar by 25-33% compared to similar recipes out there. I promise that you will barely taste the difference in this recipe, and many others (if a recipe includes a spice like cinnamon or allspice, add in a touch more and you won’t miss that extra sugar). And if you just happen to follow that formula during the entire baking season, you will have significantly reduced your sugar intake during the sweetest month of the year.

12 comments:

Rosa May said...
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MJ's Kitchen said...

I bet smelling these wonderful cookies baking filled your home with warmth and comfort! I could easily enjoy a foot of snow with a plate of these cookies in front of me and a pot of hot tea. I do have to admit that, when I was a kid and my mother would make cookies with kisses in the them, I would eat the kisses off all of the cookies before my brother could get to them. I was a bad little girl. :) Love these cookies!

BiteMyCake said...

Beautiful atmosphere, beautiful cookies. Glad to hear you're enjoying snow and winter :)

Angie said...

Awesome cookies! I seriously can't stop eating just one or two.

Season with Spice said...

Aha! Did you get chase around the house for stealing kisses from cookies?

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Tamara. I'm loving the seasonal changes! December winter is bearable, but I will have to see how my body can handle it when January comes...

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Angie! The only way to ration the cookies is to save the two dozens in the freezer:)

Season with Spice said...

Yep, they are:)

Marla Meridith said...

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Maria!

Katie said...

Made these today. I liked the less sweet part, but they seemed a tad crumbly. We also got nowhere near 48, so even though the balls looked 1 inch, they were a tad too big. Still, a delicious update on one of my childhood favorites. Thank you.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks for trying out the recipe, Katie. The reduction of sugar might have made your cookies slightly more crumbly, but a couple other issues to watch out for is over beating the batter and over baking. If they still turn out too crumbly for your taste, try adding in a bit more peanut butter or increase the recipe by half and add in another egg.

You're probably right - the dough balls will be slightly less than 1 inch. I tend to form the cookie dough balls too large as well, so I have to redo them halfway through in order to get 48. But either way, 24 big cookies are just as good as 48 small cookies:)

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