Santa Claus is coming to town tonight and you know what that means: he needs cookies! The ritual of baking cookies and leaving them on a plate for jolly old St. Nick is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. If you are eager to bake a last minute batch of cookies — for Santa or your family — I suggest making these peanut butter blossom cookies. They're cute as a button and will fill your house with the delicious aroma. Take a look at the recipe, just
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
54 milk chocolate kisses or stars
- In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds.
- Add the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of bowl.
- Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven 10 to 12 minutes or until 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.
Makes about 54 cookies.
Make Ahead: bake and cool cookies completely, pressing chocolate kiss into hot cookie center. Arrange cookies in an airtight or freezer container in a single layer; cover with a sheet of waxed paper. Repeat layers, leaving enough air space to close container easily. Freeze up to 1 month.