We got a super late start on Christmas cookies. When I ask my son if he wants to bake Christmas cookies, he will tell me he wants to bake COOKIES! So. We still have some explaining to do.
Last week I baked sugar cookies and I used the sanding sugar I had on hand to get rid of it. I had red and blue….they were very patriotic. (Yet so good. My son and I have both thoroughly enjoyed these!)
Then our friends Ryan and Aileen gave us a gingerbread mix along with the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter. I couldn’t let these go to waste, so I whipped up more than a dozen Mickey Gingerbread cookies. They turned out….ok. I ended up picking up icing to decorate – just so they’d be more festive. I’m apparently not super handy with the icing. And let’s ignore the over cooked (ok, burnt) cookies on the edge.
And finally, the Peanut Butter Blossoms were baked. These are my most favorite cookies of all. I love Hershey’s Kisses and peanut butter and….everything. I grew up eating these cookies every Christmas and I’m so happy to pass that cookie tradition along to my son. It’s a fun tradition, don’t you think?
I received a bag of Hershey’s Kisses as part of the Influenster program. I was crazy excited about the opportunity to review them – even though I’ve been reviewing them for years and years! I’ve included Kisses in gift bags for the kids at daycare, ornament gift bags for friends and in candy dishes around the home and work. Hershey’s Kisses are very versatile…if you can get them to last that long.
And if you haven’t made Peanut Butter Blossoms, here’s the recipe:
- 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional granulated sugar(optional)
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until 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 granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.
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I received a bag of Hershey’s Kisses part of the Influenster program. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Honestly, I was going to post about cookies anyway, and they fit right into the post. Convenient, right?
What is your favorite Christmas cookie?