Saturday, January 16, 2010

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I like to eat these especially when they’re warm and the chocolate kiss is gooey-melty, so sometimes I’ll put them in the microwave for a few seconds if they’ve come to room temperature.

½ c. peanut butter
½ c. sugar
½ c. packed brown sugar
½ c. shortening
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¾ c. flour
¼ c. granulated sugar
Milk chocolate kisses or stars

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Add the ½ c. granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat till combined, scraping the sides of bowl. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla till combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour.
2. Shape dough into 1” balls. Roll the balls in the ¼ c. sugar. Place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
Yield: about 54 cookies

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