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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chewy peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate heart are a perfect Valentine's Day twist on the classic peanut butter blossom. Though you don't have to save them for the holiday, they are a perfect way to spread the love any time!

close up of soft chewy peanut butter blossoms with Dove chocolate heart candies for Valentine's Day


    Peanut butter blossom cookies are always a favorite.  It is hard to go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination.  This particular recipe makes a soft and chewier peanut butter base. Using heart chocolates makes them cute and festive with no extra work.  They are a perfect way to show your Valentines you love them, or just make life a little sweeter.


     I never got around to baking peanut butter blossom cookies this holiday season.  That is a real shame, because I know they are a favorite of so many people.

     Rather than get too sad about it, I decided to just change which holiday I would make them for.  Luckily I had this old post for a Valentine's version that was in need of a little spiffing up!

mixing bowl of peanut butter cookie dough, some scooped and rolled in sugar and chocolate hearts


     So I pulled out the mixer and got the chocolate hearts ready.  I made a double batch and ended up with 63 cookies.

     Unfortunately none of our Valentines will see them close to the holiday because they were all gone by the end of the day.  Between my siblings, some friends and the neighbor kid (with plenty of help from me, my husband and Little Dude) not a single cookie made it to see the light of a second day.

     Hey, it happens! And I would say that is a sign that these puppies are really good!

     I originally shared this recipe back in 2016 when Little Dude was just 2, going on 3 and he was quite the helper.  I couldn't bear to change the part about him making these for his friends, so the original post is next.  I'll throw some tips for storing and making these cookies down closer to the recipe card.

Original post from February 2016

     It's all hearts and chocolates at Valentine's Day!  So, Little Dude 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.

collage of pics of 2 year old Little Dude helping to make peanut butter blossom cookies


    Little Dude 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.  That is a perk of 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, he unwrapped the chocolate hearts.

Little Dude unwrapping chocolate hearts to put on peanut butter blossom cookies


   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 Little Dudes's friends this morning!  We just know they are going to love them!

Tips and Tricks

    The dough for these cookies is nice and soft.  There isn't a ton of flour in it, which is what keeps them softer and chewier after you bake them.

     However, that can make the dough feel a bit sticky.  If you chill the dough for a bit before you try to work with it, it will be less sticky.

warm peanut butter cookies on baking tray, fresh from the oven and waiting for their chocolate centers


      I like using a small cookie scoop to measure the dough.  Otherwise my balls of dough tend to grow as I go and I don't get the number of cookies I am anticipating.

       It seems I am rough on cookie scoops and have broke a fair number of them.  My oxo cookie scoops are the only ones I have not broken, so I cannot recommend those highly enough.

      I used a small cookie scoop to measure the dough for these. I scraped the excess off the scoop to make it a level scoop which is about 1 Tablespoon of dough.

warm peanut butter blossoms with milk chocolate heart centers on baking tray


     That may not seem like enough when you see the size of the Dove hearts chocolates, but it all works out.  The cookies and hearts end up being the perfect size together. 

      Solid chocolate candies are the go to for blossom cookies, but that doesn't mean you can't use filled.  Just freeze the filled chocolates for several hours before you use them, otherwise the bottoms will melt and the filling may ooze out.

      It is unnecessary to freeze solid chocolate candies for the center.  Just unwrap them and use them at room temperature.

chocolate heart peanut butter blossoms on cooling rack

Storing your cookies

    The chocolate candy centers of the cookies will be soft for a little while after you put them in the hot cookies.  So be careful not to stack them too soon.  

     Once the cookies are fully cooled and the chocolate is once again set, you can stack the cookies as you desire.  They will store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days or up to a week.

     They will still be edible after that stage, but much less chewy.  The cookie bases will get dryer the longer they are out.  

    So if you know you aren't going to enjoy them right away, put them in a freezer bag or storage container and store them in the freezer until you are ready to consume them.  Once frozen they can be stored for several months.

     Just let them come to room temperature when you are ready and enjoy!  A few seconds in the microwave will make them an extra decadent treat.

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Valentine's Day cookies, chocolate peanut butter cookies, soft peanut butter blossom cookies
dessert
American
Yield: 30 Servings
Author:

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chewy peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate heart are a perfect Valentine's Day twist on the classic peanut butter blossom. Though you don't have to save them for the holiday, they are a perfect way to spread the love any time!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 18 Mtotal time: 38 M

ingredients:

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

instructions:

How to cook Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

  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. If the dough is sticky, cover and chill for at least a half hour or up to a couple of days. 
  5. Roll dough about 1 Tablespoon at a time into balls, a small cookie scoop is perfect for this. Coat in additional sugar and place about 1" apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
  6. 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.
Calories
112.49
Fat (grams)
6.20
Sat. Fat (grams)
2.77
Carbs (grams)
13.36
Fiber (grams)
0.86
Net carbs
12.51
Sugar (grams)
8.42
Protein (grams)
1.93
Sodium (milligrams)
77.50
Cholesterol (grams)
11.10

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Chewy peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate heart are a perfect Valentine's Day twist on the classic peanut butter blossom. Though you don't have to save them for the holiday, they are a perfect way to spread the love any time!




28 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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  14. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenJanuary 20, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite! I only make them at Christmas for some reason so I love that you've given me an excuse to make them this weekend :)

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  15. We love peanut butter blossoms and these are perfect for Valentine's Day. They are so pretty, as well.

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