Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies. An easy Christmas cookie recipe that’s tradition to serve on our annual holiday cookie platters and trays. Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kiss chocolate candy baked into the center.
For more peanut butter recipes, try these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars recipe or these Peanut Butter Shortbread Bars.
BEST ever Chewy peanut butter blossom cookies with Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses. These Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic soft Christmas cookie recipe that our family has been making for decades. You’ll always find these Christmas peanut butter blossom cookies on a cookie tray or in a Christmas cookie exchange package.
The best Peanut Butter Blossoms are soft and chewy and just melt in your mouth. They are easy to make and use traditional peanut butter cookie ingredients. These cookies are among my all-time favorite traditional Christmas cookie and it makes the list year after year. Also among my favorite are these Pecan Snowballs. You’ll find these cookies made the list for the 15 Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes.
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS
- Stir together flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda.
- Cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar.
- Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer or paddle attachment.
- Mix in dry ingredients.
- Place cookie dough in refrigerator to chill for 5 hours or overnight.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the dough.
- Bake in 375°F oven for 8 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Place chocolate kiss candy in the center of each cookie.
- Bake in oven 3 minutes.
- Allow to cool before transferring to cooling rack.
PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS
■ PEANUT BUTTER: Use smooth peanut butter for this recipe. I like to use Skippy or Jif because they are my favorite flavor wise. Use your favorite brand of peanut butter, too. A natural peanut butter also works fine in this recipe.
■ CHOCOLATE CANDY: Hershey’s chocolate kiss candy is the perfect surprise in each bite. I unwrap them all and place in a bowl before I start scooping cookies. That way, everything is ready to use. Shape dough and bake in the oven then place the candy directly on top of the warm cookie.
■ BUTTER: During the holiday season, it’s important to use quality ingredients like real butter. I like to use Land of Lakes butter. It has less water content than other generic brands which means that the texture of the cookies bake nice and soft and don’t spread as much.
■ FLOUR: Just the right ratio of fat and flour in this recipe allows these cookies to bake up soft and chewy and not hard.
■ SUGAR: Both brown sugar and granulated sugar are used in my blossoms cookie recipe.
Making Christmas cookies takes me back to baking in the kitchen with my mom. We’d bake dozens and dozens of cookies starting after Thanksgiving for the many Christmas parties my parents would host at their house starting in December.
Every year, we’d make a variety of classic Christmas cookie recipes. My favorites were always the holiday sugar cookies with icing, Gingerbread Cookies, and these easy Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. Over the years, I’ve shared a small amount of our classic Christmas recipes. It’s going to take me years to cover all the traditional recipes we’d make plus modern holiday recipes I’ve put my own twist on.
Every year, I always come back to tried and true holiday recipes to make for friends and family holiday parties. Classic blossoms always make an appearance because they are easy to make and everyone has had them before. I think we all grew up with these peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses which is why we always come back year after year to make them again.
As I’ve gotten older, I prefer a lot of my cookies to be soft, chewy, and buttery and these chewy peanut butter cookies do not disappoint. Plus, my peanut butter blossom recipe only has 100 calories in each cookie! This is a Christmas holiday cookie recipe I can stand behind! The touch of milk chocolate candies in each bite with sugary and salty peanut butter is the perfect combination. I can pop these cookies into my mouth like no other!
Freezing Baked Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
If you plan on baking the peanut butter kiss cookies a head of a holiday party, simply place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer. Flash freeze the baked cookies by leaving them in the freezer for 30 minutes then transport the partially frozen cookies to a freezer safe bag. When ready to serve, simply take them out of the freezer and spread them out onto a clean surface 60 minutes before serving. These cookies are just under 1-inch balls and bake up perfectly. Everyone will love them for the festive holiday season.
My favorite thing to do this time of year is to bake. It reminds me that no matter how far away from home I am, that home is right here with me — even if it’s only me in the kitchen, I always find happiness taking part in our family Christmas cookie recipe baking tradition.
If you’re looking for a classic peanut butter cookie this Christmas holiday season, you can’t go wrong with chocolate kiss cookies. These cookies are sweet, buttery, nutty, and have a milk chocolate kiss that just melts in your mouth. Plus, Peanut Butter Blossoms are so easy to make and everyone loves them! If you’re looking to bring a classic Christmas cookie recipe to a holiday party, these peanut butter chocolate cookies are the BEST ever!
- chocolate almond kisses
- caramel kisses
- drizzle caramel over the top
- white chocolate chunks
Classic Cookie Recipes for Christmas
Make a few other Christmas desserts like this Cranberry Orange Bread, Moose Munch, Christmas Crack,
For more CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES, try these Pecan Snowballs, Whipped Shortbread Cookies, Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies, and these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. For a classic Christmas cookie recipe, try these Spritz Cookies or these Italian Christmas Cookies.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
- 2¼ cups minus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (or 1 tbsp flour)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 6 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature (1½ sticks)
- ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (plus more for rolling)
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ tbsp milk
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract (use 2 teaspoons if you'd like)
- 60 chocolate kisses (prepared and unwrapped)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
- In a bowl fit with a mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar; about 5 minutes.
- Mix in eggs, one at a time.
- Mix in milk, and vanilla extract until combined; about 2 minutes.
- Slowly beat flour mixture into wet ingredients. Mix just until incorporated.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 5 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
- Using a cookie scoop ( I used 3/4 tablespoon scoop ) scoop dough. Roll into ball then roll into a bowl with granulated sugar. Place on baking sheet. TIP: If dough balls are any smaller or larger, baking time may need to be adjusted by a few minutes.
- Bake in oven for 8 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet. Place chocolate kiss in center of cookie. Return to oven for 3 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container once cool.
Joanne M Vaccaro12/16/2018 at 1:00 am
Love these cookies. But what I do not understand is why the kiss is added after the cookie is baked. I add them before. Hershey kisses don’t melt when baked.
Shelley12/19/2018 at 5:10 pm
I really enjoyed reading this post – such sweet memories of baking with your mom, and now the way that baking holiday cookies helps you feel closer to home. Cookies really are like that, aren’t they?!? Such a simple thing but so meaningful and rich in tradition! I have to thank you – as I read this, I remembered that peanut butter blossoms are one of my husband’s faves (’cause yep, you’re right – we all did grow up with them, huh?!), yet I don’t really have a go-to recipe for making these. *WifeFail* Thanks for bailing me out LOL! You know I’m pinning these! Thanks bunches, and merry, merry Christmas to you!
Jessica Knott12/24/2018 at 11:03 pm
Shelley, thank you for your beautiful and kind comment. I just lost my dog on Friday and I’ve been taking a break from blogging. Your comment really touched me in a time of need. Have a Merry Christmas!
Denise12/20/2018 at 9:52 am
These cookies are EVERYTHING! Especially when they are warm from the oven and the kiss is melted and gooey as you eat it! Baking certain cookies does bring back memories for sure. Thank you for sharing!
Sherri12/20/2018 at 5:00 pm
These were one of my favorites as a kid too, but I didn’t get to have them to often at home since I was an only child and my parents weren’t into them. But I remember sneaking more than my share at parties that’s for sure! Your peanut butter blossoms look so heavenly! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas! 🙂
Veena Azmanov12/20/2018 at 5:01 pm
Oh, these look so good. I love peanut butter anything and these are so pretty. Would be perfect to give as holiday treats as well. Can’t wait to try.
Kelly Anthony12/22/2018 at 9:11 am
These cookies look like total perfection! I love that sugar coating the base of the blossom!! YUM!
Anna Hettick12/22/2018 at 10:40 am
Peanut butter blossoms are so pretty and festive! They just look like you put in a little more effort in a good way!!! I love them!
Michelle12/23/2018 at 1:37 pm
Oh, these are so cute! I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate so these are right up my street. Will have to make them over the holidays.
Karyl Henry12/23/2018 at 6:00 pm
I love blossom cookies. They’re so fun to make, and a great cookie for the kids to help with. And there’s never anything wrong with a chocolate Kiss in every bite…
Carrie Ditton12/23/2018 at 8:25 pm
What great memories – thank you for sharing! Blossom cookies are always a holiday home tradition!
georgie12/23/2018 at 10:07 pm
these look absolutely beautiful! I love the flavor combination of the peanut butter and chocolate! These would make gorgeous Christmas gifts!
nicole12/23/2018 at 11:27 pm
These are definitely a classic favorite recipe of mine
Jyothi (Jo)12/24/2018 at 6:57 am
Such beautiful peanut butter blossoms. Peanut butter and kisses are like match made in heaven, they are so good together, Love this!
Jagruti Dhanecha12/25/2018 at 3:08 am
What a delicious combo here, peanut butter and chocolate, these look so cute and delicious!
Bill11/14/2019 at 12:00 am
Great cookie thats nice and soft. Brings back fond memories of childhood with my mother baking these and I along with my siblings sneaking the pre cooked dough. But if you want to take this cookie to the next level, replace the hershey kiss with a peanut butter cup
Jessica Knott11/27/2019 at 6:03 pm
Hi Bill, I did just that a few weeks ago, just like mom used to make – https://www.swankyrecipes.com/peanut-butter-cup-cookies.html
Linda02/05/2020 at 12:14 pm
This is the. Best blossom recipe ever. I would have taken a pick but I passed some of them to family. I made them for Valentine’s Day and usedDove chocolates I. The shape of hearts