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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Peanut Butter Blossoms


     It's all hearts and chocolates at Valentine's Day!  So, Jax and I had a date in the kitchen last night.  We wanted to make treats for his friends at daycare.  We love to cook together and I want to take advantage of making treats before he gets to school and homemade treats are frowned upon.  Last year he wasn't quite old enough to help much, so I made sour cream cutout cookies (and a chocolate version too!) for his Valentines.  So this year we played to his strengths and made a delicious treat to share with his friends.



    Jax loves to unwrap the butter and put it in the mixer bowl.  He also loves to dump the dry ingredients in the bowl.  Of course he knows that a good helper gets to lick the beater when we're done, so that is a perk to helping mom in the kitchen.  He rolled the balls of dough in the sugar and placed them on the cookie sheet and into the oven they went.  As they baked, Jax unwrapped the chocolate hearts.  He was a very dedicated unwrapper.  Luckily there was a broken heart in the bag, so he got to sample his hard work!



   We can't wait to bring these to Jax's friends this morning!  We just know they are going to love them!

Valentine's Peanut Butter Blossoms
makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
additional sugar for rolling cookies in (about 1/4 cup)
About 30 heart shaped chocolates

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream together sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Bear in peanut butter, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add baking soda and flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Roll dough about 1 1/2 T at a time into balls.  Coat in additional sugar and place about 1" apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then press a chocolate into the center of each cookie.  Remove cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving. 




26 comments:

  1. That picture of Jax unwrapping the hearts is so stinking cute! I love how he is helping mama with these and the little hearts are so sweet! Happy Valentine's Day sweet lady may you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. He is the best little helper. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Andrea. I'm sure those boys of yours will spoil you rotten!

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  2. I see you and I shop at the same place for cute holiday dishes! Happy Valentine's Day, Carlee. I hope it is full of love and chocolate!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. It's a great place to shop, especially when you are making treats to give away! I hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day as well!

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  3. Love PB cookies & putting those chocolate hearts on the top...omg! My granddaughter will be old enough to bake these with me next year!

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    1. It is so much fun (and quite a bit more messy!) to have little helpers in the kitchen. I am lucky that my little guy loves it so much!

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  4. Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are one of our family favorites. What a cute twist this is for Valentine's Day. And what a good helper!

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    1. He is the best! And he really has the attention span to stay in there the whole time helping. Not bad for two! Thank you!

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  5. Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are one of my family favorites! What a cute twist for Valentine's Day. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! They were fun to make and the kids at daycare were quite happy to see us arrive with a plate of cookies!

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  6. Little kitchen helpers are the absolute best! I have always had my kids baking with me in the kitchen. It's sad that I can't sent home-baked goodies into school anymore. I know what you mean, so enjoy it while you can. ;) Jax is so adorable! I'm sure his friends loved the cookies. One of my all-time favorite recipes.

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    1. I love having him help, especially on recipes like this. The extra mess is worth it and he is always so proud of what he did. It is so fun to watch him!

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    1. Thank you! They were a perfect treat to make with my littlest Valentine!

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  8. I love your little helper. The cookies look good too.
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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  9. what a fun and easy treat - and those beaters were a hit with your assistant :) Thanks for sharing on our #OTM link up ~ Leanne

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    1. It's nice when you can pay your help in cookie dough ;-) Thanks for hosting!

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  10. these look amazing!!! thanks so much for sharing at #funtasticfriday !

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  11. These look so tasty! Thanks for sharing at #merrymonday !

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  12. Drool! These cookies look so delicious! Pinning! Thanks so much for linking up at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. Thank you. We both had a lot of fun making them.

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  13. Looks like you have a great helper there! I'm sure his friends really enjoyed those treats.

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    1. We had such a good time making them! I did hear that his friends liked them too!

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