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Soft Peanut Butter Blossoms

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This recipe makes a soft and chewy version of the classic peanut butter cookie. The Kiss candy pairs perfectly with the soft peanut butter cookie base for a great dessert. They are a must have at Christmas, but are great any time of year.

Soft peanut butter blossoms with different Kisses in the center including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel filled with some wrapped Hershey's Kisses nearby.

Peanut butter blossom cookies are a classic for good reason.  The combination of chocolate candy and peanut butter cookies is hard to beat. 

This recipe gives you nice soft chewy peanut butter cookie bases.  We like to use a variety of kisses on top, so everyone can have their favorites!

It is hard to go wrong with a good peanut butter blossom cookie.  But of course I can’t leave well enough alone.

So a few years back I tinkered with them until I got the perfect chewy base.  I thought it was high time to add new pictures and a printable recipe card to make them easier for you to make.

peanut butter blossom cookie ingredients illustrated.

This recipe makes 60 cookies.  Well, 63 the last time I made them… to be exact!

That may seem like a lot, but we didn’t have any issue getting them all gobbled up.  In fact between my siblings and a few friends we didn’t have a single cookie left the next day.

That’s right, all 5 dozen were gone the first day! I would say that is a testament to how good they are.

Mixer bowl of peanut butter cookie dough being rolled into balls to become blossom cookies.

Of course you can make a half recipe.  The ingredients all size down easily enough.

If you don’t want to think about the math, just go over to my chocolate heart peanut butter blossom recipe.  I did the work for you!

Original post from 2016:

Yesterday was our friend Sam’s birthday.  I had to make him a batch of kolacky, they are his annual birthday request.

While the oven was on and the flour and sugar were in the air, it seemed like we might as well make his other most requested cookie too.  I mean, ’tis the season!

I searched through my peanut butter blossom recipes, but none of them quite did it for me.  You see, blossoms are usually a bit on the crisp side but I am on a chewy cookie bender and I needed more chew to my cookie.

warm peanut butter cookies on baking tray, fresh from the oven and waiting for their chocolate kisses.

So I tinkered a bit and came up with a cookie with plenty of chew and a nice smooth peanut butter flavor.  They are a bit flatter than your general blossom because of the texture change, but they have a nice smooth peanut butter flavor and are sturdy enough to stand up to the kisses.

If you’d like plain peanut butter cookies, may I recommend my Great-Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies? They have been in the family for ages and are always a hit.

But we love having the added chocolate at Christmas time. They are always one of the first to go on the cookie trays.

So go ahead and grab one.  Actually, you better go ahead and grab a few.  They’re good.  It’s Christmas.  You might as well enjoy yourself!

Tips and Tricks

The dough for these cookies is nice and soft.  There isn’t a ton of flour in it, which is what keeps them softer and chewier after you bake them.

However, that can make the dough feel a bit sticky. If you chill the dough for a bit before you try to work with it, it will be less sticky.

Cookie sheet with unwrapped Hershey's Kisses pressed into the center of soft peanut butter cookies.

I like using a small cookie scoop to measure the dough. Otherwise my balls of dough tend to grow as I go and I don’t get the number of cookies I am anticipating.

 It seems I am rough on cookie scoops and have broke a fair number of them.  My oxo cookie scoops are the only ones I have not broken, so I cannot recommend those highly enough.

I used a small cookie scoop to measure the dough for these. I scraped the excess off the scoop to make it a level scoop which is about 1 Tablespoon of dough.

That may not seem like enough but it will be the perfect amount for a kiss and a ring of chewy peanut butter cookie. 

Chewy peanut butter blossom cookies with milk and dark chocolate kisses on cooling rack

Solid chocolate kisses are the go to for blossom cookies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use filled. Just freeze the filled chocolates for several hours before you use them, otherwise the bottoms will melt and the filling may ooze out.

It is unnecessary to freeze solid chocolate candies for the center.  Just unwrap them and use them at room temperature.

Storing your cookies

The kisses will be soft for a little while after you put them in the hot cookies. So be careful not to stack them too soon.

Once the cookies are fully cooled and the chocolate is once again set, you can stack the cookies as you desire. They will store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days or up to a week.

They will still be edible after that stage, but much less chewy. The cookie bases will get dryer the longer they are out.

piles of peanut butter blossom cookies with candy kisses around them.

So if you know you aren’t going to enjoy them right away, put them in a freezer bag or storage container and store them in the freezer until you are ready to consume them. Once frozen they can be stored for several months.

Just let them come to room temperature when you are ready and enjoy! A few seconds in the microwave will make them an extra decadent treat.

For another fun twist on this idea, check out the recipe for peanut butter bear paw cookies. They take this basic idea and add a cute animal inspired look.

Or try chocolate peppermint blossom cookies for a great chocolate mint cookie treat.

Love this recipe? Give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review in the recipe card below!

Soft peanut butter blossoms with different Kisses in the center including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel filled with some wrapped Hershey's Kisses nearby.

Chewy Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Carlee
A chewier version of the classic blossom cookie. A soft peanut butter cookie hugs a chocolate candy for a piece of holiday heaven! It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!
4.75 from 31 ratings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60 Cookies
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus additional for rolling
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 60 chocolate Kisses unwrapped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Add sugar and brown sugar, beating until fluffy.
    1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup light brown sugar
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla.
    2 large eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Roll about a Tablespoon full into a ball, then roll dough ball in extra sugar. Place on a baking sheet. Continue rolling and place cookies at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Cookies should be puffy and soft looking.
  • Allow to cool for a minute or two, then press a kiss into the center of the cookie. Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely.
    60 chocolate Kisses

Notes

I used a mix of dark chocolate, caramel and milk chocolate Kisses. If using caramel or other filled Kisses, freeze them for at least a half hour before using

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 99mgSugar: 8g
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Amy

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorite cookies, even with all of the new cookies that are here now a days. I love these for the Holidays.

Carlee

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

They are always a hit here too. I need to make another batch!

Samantha

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

These cookies look so good. I just love peanut butter cookies. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

Debra

Saturday 24th of December 2016

Yum! I love those! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

Carlee

Sunday 25th of December 2016

Thanks, Debra and merry Christmas!

Lacie

Thursday 22nd of December 2016

Hey Carlee! These are so good, thanks for the recipe!

Carlee

Saturday 24th of December 2016

Thank you, Lacie!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 15th of December 2016

These are such a tradition!! Love that you made them on the chewy side :)

Carlee

Saturday 17th of December 2016

I love to have all the traditional cookies, but I just can't keep from tinkering a bit!