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.

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

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).

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

How to make the cookies

Start by creaming the butter and the sugars together until smooth. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and mix them in well. Then, fold in the peanut butter and stir until you have a nice smooth batter.

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

Next, add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt, half at a time and mix it until just combined.

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

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.

After a few minutes in the oven, pull them 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!

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

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 make the whole recipe in one bowl without the use of a mixer (unless, of course, you want to bust out the stand mixer – then by all means).
  • 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!).
  • Cleanup is a breeze.
Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

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.

Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Perfectly soft and chewy peanut butter kiss cookies. A timeless holiday cookie recipe!
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Course: Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Kristine
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 36 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until smooth.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well.
    1 egg, 1/8 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Stir in the baking soda and salt and stir until well combined.
    1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Fold in peanut butter and stir well.
    1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Add flour, half at a time, stirring until fully incorporated.
  • Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll into balls. Roll the dough balls in granulated sugar and place on a cookie sheet two inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss into the top of each cookie.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze.
Notes
Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.
Nutrition
Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.8g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4.1g | Iron: 0.5mg
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You’ll also want to check out these pecan snowball cookies, these soft gingersnap cookies, or these perfect cut out sugar cookies!


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  1. These are my favorite and yours look absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to try your version! Yum!

    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.

    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.

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

  4. One of my fave cookies, too! I eat the Hershey’s Kiss first and then savor the PB cookie on its own. πŸ™‚

    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! ?

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

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

  6. 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!

    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! ?

  7. 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!

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

  8. 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.

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

  9. These look absolutely amazing!! Wish I could pop few in my mout off the screen! Saving it for later πŸ™‚