What is it about the holiday season that just puts you in the mood to bake? As the temperature outside drops, it’s the perfect time to turn up the temperature in your kitchen and get baking! While you could try and bake this or this, today we will bake Peanut Butter Blossoms. Peanut Butter Blossoms make the perfect treat to bake around the holidays. Not only are they incredibly delicious, (seriously, they just melt in your mouth) they are quick to make as well! This is really nice when you have a cookie exchange, bake sale, holiday party or all three to attend!
Begin With A Time Saving Trick
A good time saving trick when making these cookies is to have everything ready. After starting, the quicker you can get the cookies into the oven the better. If your cookie dough sits out for too long, it will become hard to work with and you’ll need to let it chill in the refrigerator to let it firm back up. This can usually be avoided though, which really speeds along the total recipe time.
Making The Peanut Butter Blossoms
When you put your butter out to soften, remember to preheat your oven. It’s important to have your oven nice and hot so the cookies can go right in when they’re ready!
You can also go ahead and measure your flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in this time too. It’ll save time in the long run. Now is also a good time to measure a smaller separate bowl of granulated sugar to roll the cookies in before baking.
Ball ‘Em Up and Bake
Once your cookie dough is all mixed, roll the dough into 24 1-inch balls. Roll each ball into the bowl of granulated sugar and place them onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. I bake them for the whole 15 minutes but as different ovens can vary, I’d recommend keeping an eye on them for the last few minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they start to crack a bit and brown around the edges.
Quick With the Kisses!
The next very important step happens as soon as the cookies come out of the oven. You need to immediately. put a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie. Because it needs to happen quickly, make sure to have your chocolates unwrapped before they come out of the oven. You can do this either before you start the dough, or while the cookies are in the oven.
Placing the chocolates on as soon as they come out of the oven is important for two reasons. First, the cookies will set really quickly. So if you wait until they have cooled to place a chocolate in them, the cookie will be more likely to break and the chocolate won’t meld together with the cookie. Also, when the chocolate gets placed while hot, it will soften them up. If you bite into it right away it will be completely melty, which is my favorite part!
But once you leave them to cool, the chocolate will harden back, making them easy to transport or share. However, it will also stay slightly softer which makes them a million times better as you bite into them!
After the chocolates have been placed. immediately transfer them to a wire rack to cool. This will keep them from continuing to bake on the hot cookie sheet. Be careful during this step because the cookies are a bit fragile with the cracked edges. But don’t worry, after they’ve cooled they become completely sturdy!
Now sit back and enjoy your peanut butter blossoms with a cold glass of milk! Did you end up making these peanut butter blossom? Let me know how they turned out in the comments below!