Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Calling all chocolate peanut butter lovers! This classic Peanut Butter Blossoms cookie recipe is one you’ll need in your recipe box. These cookies stay soft and freeze well.

What are your favorite cookies to display during the holidays? We often have favorite holiday cookies such as Mexican wedding cookiesfruit cake cookiesmolasses cookies and candy cane truffles.

Even with all of those unique cookies, old fashioned peanut butter blossoms are classic Christmas cookie during every holiday season.

peanut butter blossom cookies on a plate

About this Peanut Butter Blossom Recipe:

This peanut butter kiss cookies recipe uses a basic peanut butter cookie dough that we LOVE. They’re an easy cookie for your holiday cookie tray.

  • Flavor: This classic cookie has the perfect ratio of peanut butter and chocolate. The peanut butter flavor will be overpowering. 
  • Texture: The base is a soft peanut butter cookie that soft and tender. The center of each cookie is filled with a Hershey kiss that will melt in your mouth.
  • Method: This cookie takes some time to make because you must roll cookie dough balls, then roll them in sugar. But thankfully, the cookies don’t spread so you can bake them fairly close together to save oven time.

Ingredients

ingredients for peanut blossom cookies on a table

This classic recipe uses pantry staple ingredients. The butter should be at room temperature, not too soft.

Use traditional creamy peanut butter. I prefer either Jif, Aldi, or Meijer store brand.

How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms

Make the dough for this classic recipe in 4 steps:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or with an electric hand mixer), cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Add vanilla and mix again.
  • Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in stand mixer bowl and mix until well combined.
collage of how to make peanut butter blossom dough
  1. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and then roll the cookie dough balls in sugar. Place the balls of dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Leave about 2″ between each  cookie dough ball. The dough will not spread that much, but will puff slightly.
  2. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 15 minutes. While dough is chilling heat oven to 375ºF.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes. If you like cookies to be soft, be sure not to overbake them.
  4. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press the milk chocolate kisses into the center of the cookie. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
closeup of peanut blossoms cookies on a baking sheet

How long will peanut butter blossom cookies stay fresh?

Peanut Butter Blossom cookies will stay fresh for several days at room temperature if they are sealed well.

If you want to keep the cookies for longer, store them in the freezer to keep them at tip-top freshness.

Can I freeze peanut butter blossom cookies?

Yes! These chocolate peanut butter cookies freeze well. Wrap the cookies in two zippered plastic bags (double bagged) or in an airtight container with a snap lid. They should be in a single layer so they don’t stick together. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Allow the cookies to defrost in the container you froze them in. Don’t open the cookies until they are completely at room temperature. This will help the cookies not to dry out.

a plate of peanut blossoms cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my peanut butter blossoms dry?

Use a kitchen scale to properly measure the flour. Adding too much flour can make the cookies dry.

Do not use crunchy peanut butter. Those small pieces of peanuts will cause crumbling.

Do not over bake the cookies.

Why are my peanut blossoms flat?

Use room temperature butter, not softened or melted at all. If the butter is melted, it will change the texture of the cookies and cause them to go flat.

Cream the butter and sugars together for 2-3 minutes. This encourages a thicker cookie.

Can you refrigerate peanut butter blossom dough?

Yes. Make this dough up to 24 hours in advance. Store, covered, in the fridge and then bake as the recipe suggests.

overhead view of a plate of hershey kiss cookies
overhead view of a plate of hershey kiss cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

4.72 from 77 votes
Calling all chocolate peanut butter lovers! This classic Peanut Butter Blossoms cookie recipe is one you’ll need in your recipe box. These cookies stay soft and freeze well.
Servings 60
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or with an electric hand mixer), cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Add vanilla and mix again.
  • Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in stand mixer bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and then roll the cookie dough balls in sugar. Place the balls of dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Leave about 2″ between each cookie dough ball. The dough will not spread that much, but will puff slightly.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough balls for 15 minutes. While dough is chilling, heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes. If you like cookies to be soft, be sure not to overbake them.
  • As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press the milk chocolate kisses into the center of the cookie.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for about 3 minutes on the pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Notes

  • I have not tested this with natural peanut butter.
  • If you’re having problems with the Hershey kisses falling off the cookies after they cool, place the baked cookies back in the oven for 1 minute after placing the chocolate kiss candy on top. This will melt the chocolate slightly and help it to set.
  • You can make the dough ahead of time, up to 1 day in advance if needed.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They also freeze well for up to 6 weeks.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 60 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 57mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 172
Keyword chocolate peanut butter cookies, christmas cookies, hershey kiss cookies

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Tools to Make Cookies

  • Silpat: For all of your non-stick, cookie-making needs. You can use parchment paper or these non-stick mats.
  • Baking Sheet: I like to use flat baking sheets for easy removing baked goods easily.
  • Cookie Plate Set: Display homemade cookies in style. Everyone thinks this cookie plate is so cute!

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Heather
4 years ago

When do you roll them in the sugar?

Brittany
4 years ago

5 stars
Not sure how but I somehow got 8 dozen cookies out of this recipe 😜

Missy
2 months ago

What method do you use for the flour? Do you use a separate scoop to pour into the measuring cup? Or do you just scoop with the measuring cup? I ask because just like there’s a difference between 1 cup brown sugar and one cup “packed” brown sugar, the method for flour affects the amount of flour you actually end up using. I usually prefer either separate scoops or weight of the flour for more exact measuring.

Kimberly Bess
1 year ago

5 stars
I have made this recipe, they are absolutely delicious! Can this recipe be cut in half? If yes, how many eggs would I use?

Michelle R Green
2 years ago

5 stars
These cookies are amazing. Definitely a keeper!

Rosemonde Pacyna
2 years ago

5 stars
Made this recipes so easy and good and I like the fact that it makes lots so it’s good to fill Christmas cookie boxes for gifts.

Last edited 2 years ago by Rosemonde Pacyna
Keely
2 years ago

5 stars
So good! I will definitely be making these again! Stayed soft a chewy even days later. Halved the recipe and it made 28, mine baked for 9 minutes.

Deanna
3 years ago

Does eliminating the sugar rolling negatively impact the cookie?

valerie
3 years ago

5 stars
Follow this exactly and they will come out perfectly. Wish i could attach a picture of how beautiful they came! First time ever making these and will use this recipe exclusively going fwd. Thanks!!

Christianne Boudreau
3 years ago

5 stars
Just the right amount of chewy. They melt in your mouth while the peanut butter is not overpowering and has a perfect balance with the mini kiss. Saving this for my regular Christmas baking. In the freezer they go for those care packages I’m putting together.

Last edited 3 years ago by Christianne Boudreau
Anna
4 years ago

5 stars
Delicious, easy recipe!

Connie V.
4 years ago

5 stars
The best peanut blossom recipe I’ve ever tried that actually turned out!! They are so pretty and quite tasty too!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

Lauren
4 years ago

5 stars
Well these are INCREDIBLE, thank you so much for sharing. I did cook mine for 10 minutes but all ovens are different. Seriously yumm!

val
4 years ago

5 stars
We thought they were delicious! The flavor was very good, and we loved the texture.

Julie
4 years ago

Unsalted or salted butter?