From the time I was little girl, my mom made a cookie called Peanut Blossoms every Christmas. I don’t remember eating them at any other time of the year and so, even I don’t bring out this recipe except for Christmas. They are so delicious and the smell and taste brings so many memories to mind, I am not sure why I don’t bake them year-round. The original recipe was first posted by Pillsbury as the winner of their 1957 Bake Off Cookie Contest. I would have been two years old at that time and I am sure my mother, who loved to cook and bake, found that recipe and added it to her repertoire.
I have carried the tradition of baking these delicious peanut butter cookies with either a chocolate kiss or star on the top every Christmas season. My husband, Scott, would prefer that I don’t waste any energy on any other Christmas goodie, but simply keep the cookie tray filled with this delicious and highly addictive cookie.
My recipe card itself is filled with memories. A few years ago I started making notes so I would remember, year by year, what I had baked the previous season. Here are a few of my jottings:
- 2011: I baked 175 cookies with mom. This was 5 batches and we did bake some way too big. We used about 3 bags of Hershey’s kisses.
- 2012: I baked these cookies for a cookie exchange. 186 total cookies. This time I used a teaspoon to keep the size uniform. Mixed up 5 batches and this time topped them with chocolate stars. It took 3 hours to make all of them.
- 2013: I baked one batch just for Scott – a total of 38 cookies! I was on a strict elimination diet that year so he ate the entire batch himself. Happy man!
- 2015: I baked 2 batches of cookies. I miss mom! This is the first Christmas since she moved her residence to heaven.
- 2015: I shared this recipe with our good friends Andy and Robin. We are at their home baking a batch for our men who now have joined forces and insist this is the only cookie we ever have to bake again!
- 2016: Scott and I have been sugar-free since September. Oh, dear! What are we going to do?
Makes 2-2 ½ dozen cookies
1 ¾ cup flour
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup shortening
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbl milk
Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and peanut butter.
Add the sifted ingredients and the white sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and milk.
Shape into balls. Roll in sugar.
Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and put a chocolate kiss or star on top. Gently press the chocolate down.
Return the pan to oven and bake an additional 3-5 minutes longer.