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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Peanut Blossom Cookies with Reese's PB Hearts

Rather than make a craft today my daughter and I made cookies.  I saw Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts at Target the other day and thought they'd be yummy on a cookie.  Oh. My. Gosh.  They are delicious!  These might be one of my favorite cookies.  Ever.  And I'm not really even a Reese's fan.  You have to try these.  You won't be sorry.  You can use a regular 'ole Hershey Kiss or any type of chocolate will work.  Be creative!  Here is the recipe I used that I found on the back of a Hershey's cookbook.

1 (8 oz) bag of Kisses (or in this case Reese's PB Hearts)
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove wrappers from chocolates.  2.  Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended.  Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until light and fluffy.  Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.  Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.  3.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Immediately press a Kiss (or your preference of chocolate) into center of cookie; cookie will crack around edges.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

I like to leave the cookies on the cookie sheet and put them directly into the fridge or freezer after placing the chocolate on so the chocolate sets.  Otherwise you may end up with a melted chocolate blob on top of your cookies.

Eat one while they're nice and warm but be warned you probably won't be able to eat just one.  Yummy!!

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