Foodie “Friday” Peanut Blossom Cookies {Two Ways}

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I just couldn’t resist sharing one more holiday cookie recipe. These Peanut Blossom cookies are my Grandma’s recipe, and even though she passed away a few years ago, baking them has a way of bringing back all of those wonderful childhood memories with her. She was the quintessential Grandma; she made sure we had the latest Disney movies on VHS at her house and she cooked us animal-shaped pancakes. She was very special to me and my family, and I love making her recipes; they keep her memory alive.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I also wanted to try a new take on her classic recipe. Lately I’ve been completely obsessed with Nutella (like 7 years later than everyone else but I can accept that) so I though a Nutella Blossom would be delicious, especially with a Hershey’s Hug on top.

Both versions of the Peanut Blossom cookies are very easy to make. Most importantly they don’t require rolling dough and cutting shapes. Because sometimes those two extra steps can just be a little too much work.

Like most cookies, combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl, then combine both together. Then roll the dough into balls, roll the cookie dough balls in sugar, then bake on an un-greased pan for 8 minutes.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Place a Hershey’s Kiss or Hug on top and return to the oven for about two minutes.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Place the cookies on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Kisses and Hugs take just about an eternity to cool and harden completely. You’ve been warned.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I thought that Hugs would be a delicious addition to the Nutella Blossom cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Both versions of the Peanut Blossom cookies are sweet, soft, and chewy. The Nutella Blossoms are a bit more rich with a hint of chocolate and hazelnut which pairs well with the white chocolate in the Hershey’s Hug. My favorite part about making these cookies is placing the Hershey’s Kiss or Hug in the center of the cookie and forming those delectable looking crinkles in the dough. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Blossoms Original Recipe (yields approximately 30 cookies)

Pre-heat Oven to 375 Degrees

Sift Dry Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Wet Ingredients:

1 stick of softened butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

Add to the Wet Ingredients (and beat well):

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the Dry Ingredients into the Wet Ingredients.

Shape the dough into balls – roll in granulated sugar and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and place a Hershey’s Kiss on top. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for about 2 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

Nutella Blossoms (yields approximately 30 cookies)

Pre-heat Oven to 375 Degrees

Sift Dry Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Wet Ingredients:

1 stick of softened butter

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup Nutella

Add to the Wet Ingredients (and beat well):

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the Dry Ingredients into the Wet Ingredients.

Shape the dough into balls – roll in granulated sugar and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and place a Hershey’s Hug on top. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for about 2 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

Enjoy!

xx! Lauren

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