Peanut Butter Blossoms

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What’s soft, chewy, and full of chocolate flavor? Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms, of course! If you’re hunting for the best peanut butter blossom recipe that’s not only delightful but also reminiscent of your childhood, you’re in the right spot! This is an easy peanut butter blossom cookie recipe straight from the back of the Hershey’s Kisses bag.

peanut butter blossoms on a plate

How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms

This delicious Christmas cookie recipe is loaded with all the best ingredients. For the best results, be sure all of your ingredients are fresh.

For a full list of ingredients, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Here’s a little taste of my favorite ingredients from this recipe.

Cookie ingredients

Key Ingredients

  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates: The star of our peanut butter blossoms. These iconic milk chocolates offer a creamy melt-in-your-mouth experience that pairs exquisitely with the cookie base.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: This is the heart of the recipe, offering that rich, unmistakable nutty flavor.
  • Granulated and Light Brown Sugar: This sweet duo not only offers the right sweetness but also provides a hint of molasses, giving depth to our cookies.
  • All-Purpose Flour: This works silently in the background, offering structure to our cookies and ensuring a soft, chewy texture.

After printing the recipe and gathering your ingredients, you’ll be ready to whip-up these easy peanut butter blossoms.


Step 1: Kick things off by preheating your oven to 375°F. As that’s warming up, take a moment to unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses chocolates. This step might seem trivial, but it ensures smooth sailing later on.

Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt. This combination will be your cookie’s foundation.

Step 3: In a larger bowl, blend together the shortening and peanut butter until they’re singing in harmony. Add in 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar and your light brown sugar. Beat this mix until it’s light and fluffy. Now, introduce the egg, milk, and vanilla to the party and mix well. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients you prepared earlier.

Cookie dough in a bowl

Step 4: Now for the fun part! Shape your dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar. Lay them on an ungreased cookie sheet, ensuring each has its personal space.

Cookies being rolled in sugar

Step 5: It’s baking time! Pop those cookies in for 8 to 10 minutes. When they’re lightly browned, you know they’re ready for the next step.

Step 6: The grand finale – gently press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each cookie. The cracks around the edges are a sign you’ve nailed the recipe!

Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter blossoms will take a few hours to fully solidify and set up. If you need to take them to an event, you may want to bake them several hours ahead (at a minimum) or the night before, to prevent a melty chocolate mess.

Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms using Hershey's Kisses

Why These are the Best Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

What makes this the best peanut butter blossoms recipe? The delicate balance of textures – that chewy cookie foundation crowned with a soft Hershey’s Kiss – makes every bite a dance of flavors. It’s a sweet yet slightly salty symphony in your mouth. These are truly iconic Christmas cookies!

After all, this is the recipe from the Hershey’s Kisses bag!

History of Peanut Butter Blossoms

Trivia time! These iconic cookies have humble origins. Thanks to a home baker named Freda Smith, the 1950s saw the birth of this delightful treat.

Though she didn’t clinch the top spot in the Pillsbury Bake-Off, she did secure a place in our hearts. Over the decades, her easy peanut butter blossom cookies recipe became an essential part of Christmas celebrations and cozy family gatherings.

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms

Can I Freeze Peanut Butter Blossoms?

You bet! Once your cookies have cooled down entirely, store them in a freezer-friendly container.

Place them in a single layer, and if you’re stacking, use parchment paper between the layers to avoid sticking. These frozen delights will be good for up to three months.

Hershey's Kiss peanut butter blossom cookies recipe

Storage Instructions

Freshly baked Hershey’s peanut butter blossom cookies should be stored in an airtight container. This will keep them soft, chewy, and fresh.

Room temperature is best, and they’ll happily stay delicious for about a week. If you choose to refrigerate them, they can stretch their freshness up to two weeks.

Baking Tips

When preparing this peanut butter blossoms recipe, ensure all your ingredients are room temperature. This simple trick makes the mixing process smooth. As your cookies bake, keep a keen eye on them, especially during the final minutes.

Perfectly browned is the goal, not overcooked. And here’s a gold tip: after baking, allow the cookies to cool slightly before pressing in the Hershey’s Kisses. This ensures they sit snugly.

The BEST easy peanut butter blossoms!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did my cookies spread too much? This could be due to overly softened butter or an overzealous mixing. Room temperature butter is your friend.

Can I use chunky peanut butter? Absolutely! If you love a bit of texture, chunky peanut butter is a great choice.

Why are my peanut butter blossom cookies dry? Over-baking might be the sneaky culprit. Watch those final minutes closely.

Can I use a different flavor of Hershey’s Kiss? Of course! In fact, the candy cane Hershey’s Kisses add a lovely festive touch.

How do I know when my cookies are done? Aim for a light golden-brown hue. Remember, the residual heat continues cooking them even out of the oven.

How do I keep the Hershey’s Kisses from melting? I recommend keeping your unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses in a bowl in the refrigerator until the last minute.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Equipment Needed for This Recipe

  • Mixing Bowls: The unsung heroes, essential for blending your peanut butter blossom ingredients harmoniously.
  • Whisk: This tool ensures no lumps and bumps in your dry mix.
  • Baking Sheets: A must-have for cookies to ensure they bake evenly.
  • Small Cookie Scoop: I love this OXO brand small cookie scoop. It gives me the perfect 1″ dough balls.
  • Cooling Racks: This ensures your cookies cool evenly, maintaining their perfect texture.
Delicious christmas peanut butter blossom cookies.

And there we have it, friends! Embark on this delightful baking journey and share the joy of peanut butter blossoms with your loved ones. I truly hope you love this recipe as much as my family does.

Happy baking, and as always, Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Created by: Crissy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
48 cookies
Classic peanut butter blossoms are the perfect chewy and chocolatey Christmas cookie!


  • 48 Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsps milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Heat oven to 375°F. Remove the wrappers from Hershey’s Kisses chocolates.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and peanut butter until blended. Add 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and the brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in the remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each cookie. The cookie will crack around the edges.
  • Immediately (and gently) remove from the cookie sheet and onto a wire rack. Cool completely. Cooling will take some time (at least one hour) as the Hershey's Kisses will be very soft.


Original recipe from Hershey’s.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. I am just getting started baking for Christmas. Going to make the peanutbutter blossoms. Also wante to make the
    Christmas Goody Butter cookies to.

    1. Wonderful, Judy. Let me know how they turn out. 🙂