Friday, June 8, 2012

Favorite cookies

Peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses on top: YUM.
My favorite

These have been one of my favorite cookies since I was little. I remember my mom doling out the little foil parcels of Hershey's kisses, the excitement as we unwrapped them and waited for the cookies to come out of the oven so we could set that kiss on top. Perhaps one or two (or five) kisses found their way into our mouths as the baking went on...bliss.

Now, as an "adult", peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please! Unless you have a nut allergy, is there anyone who doesn't like these? Who can resist?   I had to make them with my girls, so that's what we did.

My go-to peanut butter cookie recipe is adapted from the Irresistable Peanut Butter Cookies on the Jif website. My changes:
Use real, basic peanut butter (ingredient list should be no more complex than "peanuts, oil", and the oil is optional).
Always bake with butter, because butter is so goooooood (again, watch those ingredients; no additive required).
Sometimes I cut the brown sugar too. The original calls for 1 1/4 cups, which I listed here, but we have used 3/4 cup or even 1/2 cup and no one minds at all (the chocolate keeps them plenty sweet!).

Our favorite peanut butter cookies with Hershey's kisses on top

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter (around 100 grams)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
bag of Hershey's kisses

Heat oven to 375°F.
Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.
Add egg. Beat just until blended.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet.
Bake 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown (don't be tempted to overbake).
While the cookies are baking, it's a good time to unwrap your kisses and line them up like little soldiers on a plate, ready to pop into place.
Cool cookies 1-2 minutes on baking sheet.
Remove cookies to cooling racks.
Place one kiss in the center of each cookie and press down lightly.  Tah-dah!
Let them cool completely if you can stand the wait.

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