Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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Whenever the subject of Christmas cookies comes up, these peanut butter kiss cookies come to mind! This is the best recipe I know of; it’s been tested a hundred times over the years in my family.

Cookies sitting on a decorative plate with a jar of milk sitting next to them.

I Know a Good Peanut Butter Cookie

When it comes to peanut butter cookies, I am pretty much…an expert. They’re one of my favorite varities of cookies and because of that, I make them all the time.

In fact, all of my favorite cookies in the whole world are made of peanut butter. So, it should come as no surprise to you that I have finally perfected the recipe for these peanut butter kiss cookies (peanut butter blossoms, as my mom calls them).

Process shots of how to make peanut butter kiss cookies.

How to Make the Cookies

  1. Start by creaming the butter and the sugars together for several minutes, until smooth.
  2. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and continue mixing for another minute.
  3. Then, fold in the peanut butter and stir until you have a nice smooth batter.
  4. Next, whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together and add the flour mixture, half at a time to the wet ingredients and mix it until just combined.
  5. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty! Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and roll it into a ball with your hands. Generously roll the cookie in sugar and place it on the baking sheet.
Process shots of how to make peanut butter kiss cookies.
Process shots of how to make peanut butter kiss cookies.

After a few minutes in the oven, pull the cookies out and press an unwrapped kiss into the top of each cookie. During the cooling process, the chocolate starts to melt and becomes one with the cookie – it’s glorious!

Cookies sitting on a wire rack with a green striped napkin underneath them.

Here’s Why This Is the Best Kiss Cookie Recipe

  • This is an old family recipe that has been tested and tested again, so the cookies come out the same every single time.
  • You can easily double the recipe to make 100 cookies (which is super handy around the holidays).
  • The cookies themselves are perfection – light, chewy, and peanut buttery with just the right amount chocolatey sweetness from the kiss.
  • Once baked (and cooled completely), you can freeze these cookies (for months if you need to) and when they thaw out, you’ll never know they were frozen (done it!).
Cookies sitting on a wire rack next to a decorative plate of cookies.

A Pro Tip About Cookie Scoops

One other little bit of advice about cookie scoops. I like these cookies to be pretty small in size, so I use this scoop, which is exactly 1 tablespoon. A lot of cookie scoops look like they’re 1 TBS, but are actually 1.5 tablespoons, so just keep this in mind when you’re baking. The size of the scoop can really effect the recipe quantity.

This Christmas when you’re making your list of cookies to bake, put these peanut butter kiss cookies at the very top.

Peanut butter kiss cookies sitting on a lined baking sheet.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
Perfectly soft and chewy peanut butter kiss cookies. A timeless holiday cookie recipe.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 113 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 36 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
    1/2 cup butter, unsalted, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Add peanut butter and mix until combined.
    1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing for 1 minute.
    1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt.
    1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1¾ cups flour
  • Add flour, half at a time, stirring until just incorporated. Avoid over-mixing.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll into balls. Roll the dough balls between your hands and then in granulated sugar. Place sugar coated cookies on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 9 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss into the top of each cookie.
    36 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
  • Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.


Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 86IUCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.4mg
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  1. These are my favorite and yours look absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to try your version! Yum!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! Mine too, in fact I make them sporadically during the year and sometimes without the kiss because the cookies are so dang good! ?

  2. These are my favorite cookie during the holidays! Such a perfect flavor combo.5 stars

    1. MINE TOO! They are so good with coffee or tea and are just the right amount of sweetness! Mmm!

  3. Anything with peanut butter is good with me. These are so cute and I bet kids would love them.5 stars

    1. Thank you Dannii! Kids, adults, same same! We fight over them in this house LOL!

    1. That’s funny Tara, I do too and sometimes I’ll even make the whole recipe without kisses because the peanut butter cookie is perfect on its own! ?

  4. Haha I love it that you say the chocolate kiss and the cookie become “one” 🙂 That’s the best part! Now you have me craving these, of course. Thanks for the recipe…just pinned!5 stars

    1. I agree, that IS the best part Traci! You’re welcome or should I say Merry Christmas in July?! LOL! ?

  5. I absolutely love to eat these cookies!! I don’t get to make this as much anymore because my son is allergic to peanuts… when I do I always make something safe for him to eat as well.

    I guess that means more for me, right!5 stars

    1. Allergies are definitely hard, and it’s a real bummer when it’s something as wonderful as peanut butter. Poor kiddo! But yes, if you do splurge and make them, you can enjoy them all to yourself!

    1. Thank you so much Andrea! Right? That 1 TBS scoop is everything! My husband asked me why I needed five different scoops, duh babe! ?

  6. My hubby is the biggest peanut butter lover ever and loves peanut butter cookies — can’t wait to make a batch of these peanut butter kiss cookies for him!5 stars

    1. Mine too Jaclyn! We fight over these, especially with our coffee in the morning, they’re the perfect combo! Hope you love them!

  7. Wow, these look amazing and remind me of sweet childhood memories. I love these cookies and used to eat them as a child all the time.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Heidy! I agree, such fun memories in every single bite! ☺️

  8. These look absolutely amazing!! Wish I could pop few in my mout off the screen! Saving it for later 🙂