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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Perfectly Chewy Peanut Butter Blossoms

A chewier version of the classic blossom cookie. A soft peanut butter cookie hugs a chocolate candy for a piece of holiday heaven! It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!

chewy peanut butter blossom cookies with milk and dark chocolate kisses as centers

      Peanut butter blossom cookies are a classic for good reason.  The combination of chocolate candy and peanut butter cookies is hard to beat.  This recipe gives you nice soft chewy peanut butter cookie bases.  We like to use a variety of kisses on top, so everyone can have their favorites!

      It is hard to go wrong with a good peanut butter blossom cookie.  But of course I can't leave well enough alone.

    So a few years back I tinkered with them until I got the perfect chewy base.  I thought it was high time to add new pictures and a printable recipe card to make them easier for you to make.

    This recipe makes 60 cookies.  Well, 63 the last time I made them... to be exact!

bowl of peanut butter cookie dough being rolled into balls to become blossom cookies

     That may seem like a lot, but we didn't have any issue getting them all gobbled up.  In fact between my siblings and a few friends we didn't have a single cookie left the next day.

    That's right, all 5 dozen were gone the first day! I would say that is a testament to how good they are.

    Of course you can make a half recipe.  The ingredients all size down easily enough.

    If you don't want to think about the math, just go over to my chocolate heart peanut butter blossom recipe.  I did the work for you!

peanut butter blossom cookie ingredients illustrated

Original post from 2016:

      I know, I know.  The 12 Days of Cookies is over.  It sure was fun though, wasn't it?  And I just couldn't help myself.... I've got cookie fever.

    So, I thought I should go for the baker's dozen.  You see, yesterday was our friend Sam's birthday.  I had to make him a batch of kolacky, they are his annual birthday request.

   While the oven was on and the flour and sugar were in the air, it seemed like we might as well make his other most requested cookie too.  I mean, 'tis the season!

    I searched through my peanut butter blossom recipes, but none of them quite did it for me.  You see, blossoms are usually a bit on the crisp side but I am on a chewy cookie bender and I needed more chew to my cookie.

chew peanut butter blossom cookies topped with chocolate kisses arranged to look like Christmas tree

   So I tinkered a bit and came up with a cookie with plenty of chew and a nice smooth peanut butter flavor.  They are a bit flatter than your general blossom because of the texture change, but they have a nice smooth peanut butter flavor and are sturdy enough to stand up to the kisses.

    If you'd like plain peanut butter cookies, may I recommend my Great-Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies? They have been in the family for ages and are always a hit.

   But we love having the added chocolate at Christmas time. They are always one of the first to go on the cookie trays.

   So go ahead and grab one.  Actually, you better go ahead and grab a few.  They're good.  It's Christmas.  You might as well enjoy yourself!

chewy peanut butter blossom cookies with milk and dark chocolate kisses on cooling rack

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 kisses

      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.

     That may not seem like enough but it will be the perfect amount for a kiss and a ring of chewy peanut butter cookie. 

      Solid chocolate kisses 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.

chewy peanut butter blossom cookies with milk and dark chocolate kisses

Storing your cookies

    The kisses 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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chewy peanut butter cookies, peanut butter kiss blossoms, kiss cookies
Yield: 60 cookies

Perfectly Chewy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Perfectly Chewy Peanut Butter Blossoms

A chewier version of the classic blossom cookie. A soft peanut butter cookie hugs a chocolate candy for a piece of holiday heaven! It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 80 M


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (plus additional for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 60  chocolate kisses (I used a mix of dark chocolate, caramel and milk chocolate... If using caramel ones, freeze them for at least a half hour before using)


How to cook Perfectly Chewy Peanut Butter Blossoms

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add sugar and brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
  5. Roll about a Tablespoon full into a ball, then roll dough ball in extra sugar. Place on a baking sheet. Continue rolling and place cookies at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Cookies should be puffy and soft looking.
  6. Allow to cool for a minute or two, then press a kiss into the center of the cookie. Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely.
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A chewier version of the classic blossom cookie. A soft peanut butter cookie hugs a chocolate candy for a piece of holiday heaven! It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!


  1. I just made four dozen of these on Sunday! Plus an extra four dozen balls are in the fridge. They are perfect for pulling out and thawing and bake up just as nice over the next couple weeks. These are my nieces favorite so I always give her a whole dozen for herself! Such sweet little cookies! Have a beautiful day friend!

    1. What a great idea to freeze half of them!! Thanks, Andrea!

    2. So does this recipe make 8 doz? or did you double the recipe. Have wondered if you could make ahead and store for later.

    3. The recipe as written makes about 5 dozen depending on the size of dough balls you make. 8 dozen would need to come from a double batch of slightly larger cookies.

    4. I measured out one cookie dough ball of the recommended Tablespoon just to see how big it was. It was huge. I did all of the cookies much smaller than that and this recipe still only made 3.5 dozen. Don't unwrap 60 kisses unless you plan on doubling the recipe. But the cookies look delicious and I can't wait to try them!

    5. I just made another batch just to count and confirm. I used a small cookie scoop to measure the dough because that is about 1 Tablespoon. I got 63 cookies from the batch. I am sure your cookies were just larger than mine and my guess is nobody complained about that!

  2. Oh I love these cute cookies and I bet they taste delicious. Thanks for the recipe Carlee. Enjoy the weekend and baking!! :) Julie xo

  3. These are such a tradition!! Love that you made them on the chewy side :)

    1. I love to have all the traditional cookies, but I just can't keep from tinkering a bit!

  4. Hey Carlee! This post is a feature for my Funtastic Friday Link Party! Thank you for linking up! What's your Instagram handle??

    1. Thank you, Lacie! My instagram handle is carleecooks... see you on insta!

  5. Yum! I love those! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

  6. These cookies look so good. I just love peanut butter cookies. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!


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