Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peanut Blossoms

Sounds interesting? Well it certainly did to me when I saw it in the book which I bought in June. In fact I did my bedtime reading and bookmarked quite a number of recipes in this book. I was taking a long time to try out the recipes until I read about this very same cookie on Shirley's blog.

Well, I decided to give it a shot!

48 Hershey's Kisses brand Milk Chocolate

3/4 cup Reese Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter (I used Skippy)
1/2 cup shortening (used butter)
1/3 granulated sugar (didn't have any, so used fine sugar)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk (used UHT)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (used plain flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
extra granulated sugar to roll unbaked cookies (didn't used it)

1. Heat oven to 190 deg C. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Set aside.

2. Beat peanut butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.

3. Add sugar and beat till fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat well.

4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt, gradually beat into peanut mixture.

5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in additional granulated sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet.

6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into the centre of each cookie. Cookie will crack around edges. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Makes about 48 cookies.

The Book - I was attracted to the pictures.

I an not sure about Shirley, but I definitely won't want to bake this again unless I tweak the recipe. It's not crunchy enough for me. Perhaps it could be the butter which I substituted. It's a pity cos they are cute-looking!


  1. hey Judy,

    these cookies look good. quite a pity they are not crunchy enough for you. I prefer most of my cookies to be crunchy or crisp too. Sadly most cookies go soft easily in our climate.

  2. You are right, they are kinda cute, like herseys kisses.

  3. Yes, I saw in Shirley's blog too. These cookies look very pretty special with HERSHEY'S kisses chocolate on top :)

  4. They look pretty good to me...sorry they didn't turn out you expected.

  5. Hi, I baked a batch of peanut butter cookie with similar recipe, the 8-10 mins baking time is usually for soft cookies. I managed to yield the crunchy texture by lengthening the baking time to nearly 25 mins with my "temperamental" oven : )

  6. But they look so cute! You mean that it should be crunchy if you use shortening?

  7. I was immediately attracted by the title and couldn't wait to check out what it's all about. And then the picture! So pretty! Too bad the result wasn't as good as you expected.

  8. Hi ZY,
    Going to give another try. Tweaking the recipe this time.

    Hi Jo,
    Cute is right but my girl looked at it censored

    Hi Doris,
    They would actually make nice gifts.

    Hi Angie,
    Will make again to my satisfaction through tweaking!

    Hi Cheah,
    I know it's got nothing to do with the shortening or butter. Just trying to find an excuse for failure. ;P

    Hi Ellie,
    Will come up with a better one soon!

    Hi Anonymous,
    The baking time given in my post is according to the book. But I actually baked it a little longer for about 15 minutes for my second tray but it didn't help.

  9. These cookies are so little buttons :D Sorry to know that they didn't come out crunchy as you wanted. I don't mind to have them :P Would love to know the outcome of your second attempt.

  10. Hi Mary,
    Definitely will post again when I retry.

  11. These do look really cute. So if they were not crunchy enough, did it end up more crumbly then?? I reckon they still would've tasted good!

  12. Hi Kimberly,
    They were crumbly, not my kind of cookie. Tasted ok to me.


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