Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Blossoms (With Peppermint!)

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Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Blossoms (With Peppermint!)
Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Blossoms (With Peppermint!)

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 or 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract (depending on how much peppermint flavor you would like!)
Sugar crystals or a small dish of granulated sugar
1 package of dark chocolate Hershey kisses
1 package of peppermint Hershey kisses

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 375F.
2. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and eggs.
3. Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
5. Roll in additional granulated sugar or sugar crystals (optional: colored sugar crystals are a fun addition for kids!).
6. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet (optional: line with parchment paper for better baking and cookie removal).
7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown.
8. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie.
9. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack (do this after each cookie has a kiss, and do so as soon as possible without crumbling the cookie to avoid further baking and possible cookie burn).

Further Tips:
A - Refrigerate or cool dough for at least 30 minutes after forming into balls. This helps keep the form of the cookie once in the oven, and helps prevent uneven cooking.
B - When placing on cooking sheets, using parchment paper to line the sheets helps aid in preventing burning and sticking to the pan. It also makes cooking large quantities of cookies much easier. Change the sheet every couple of rounds of baking (I found it best to change every 5 or 6 times in the oven to prevent butter buildup on the bottom).
C - These are really great to make with young kids! Molding the dough into balls and rolling them in sugar, and later pressing the kisses into the cookies is fun, safe, and is a great way to get kids into baking.

Quantity

A lot! According to the Betty Crocker website, it makes somewhere around 80, but I think I usually get around 50 or 60 cookies per batch.

Language

English

Location

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, United States

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COVID Cookie Packages! (Peanut Butter and Peppermint Blossoms in upper section of plate)

Description

I began making these cookies when I was around 10 years old for my family Christmas cookie swap. Every year all of my cousins and siblings and I would each bake a few batches of one type of cookie, and we would come together on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday and my grandmother's birthday. We would assemble cookie packages for my grandparents' neighbors as well as the home-care nurses who took care of my grandmother every day. Leftover cookies would be split between the families to take home. This was a great way for us to show our appreciation for those around us without overspending.
I have a tendency to add things to recipes on whims, and one year I decided to try adding peppermint kisses and a dash of peppermint extract to see how they would come out. If you're a fan of peppermint, these are the cookies for you! They can, of course, be made following the original recipe (which can be found on Betty Crocker's website, link at bottom) without peppermint and using only milk chocolate kisses, but I personally much prefer the peppermint and dark chocolate kisses for my cookies. The mix of mint and peanut butter may be a little unorthodox, but it creates a refreshing and smooth cookie that fits right in with other holiday desserts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, family gatherings weren't possible, so instead my sister and I made around 30 cookie packages for family and friends (amounting to about 800 or so cookies and baked goods). In a process that took about 3 days, many bags of Costco sugar, brown sugar, flour, and a ridiculous amount of butter, my sister and I prepped, baked, decorated, and packaged the cookies for delivery. These cookies stood out for me because they are one of my favorite things to have during the holidays, and given how easy the recipe is to make with very little prep and decorating involved, they proved to be some of the easiest ones to make that weekend. I don't know if we will continue the tradition of that much baking in non-COVID times, but it definitely brought happiness and connection in a time that was incredibly difficult to manage for so many.

Betty Crocker Recipe Link: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/peanut-butter-blossoms-cookie-exchange-quantity/78806839-e0bd-4710-8b10-82abbece7ce5