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Yesterday my boyfriend came over and we made Christmas cookies!  Any guy willing to bake with me is definitely a keeper. Winking smile

We made peanut butter blossoms

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My boyfriend had never had a peanut butter blossom, and he loved them!  He also took the liberty of lining up the Hershey hugs so all the lines match up…

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Peanut Butter Blossoms – makes 30:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 30 Hershey kisses (or hugs!), unwrapped
  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter, egg, vanilla, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.  Fold in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll dough into 1.5-inch balls, then roll the balls in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar to coat them.
  3. Bake the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Immediately after the cookies come out of the oven, press a candy into each one.  Let the cookies cool completely before you eat them.

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We also made peppermint patty-stuffed chocolate cookies!  These are dangerous…

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Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Fudge Cookies – makes 20:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 5 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 20 peppermint patties, unwrapped and frozen
  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugars, and eggs using an electric mixer.  Fold in cocoa powder, chocolate, extract, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Chill the dough for 1 hour in the fridge.
  3. To assemble the cookies, press 1/2 tablespoon of dough into a patty, then press another 1/2 tablespoon into the other side of the patty.  Seal the dough so it totally envelopes the candy- if any is exposed, it will ooze out while the cookie bakes!
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the dough onto it.  Bake for 10 minutes, then let the cookies cool completely before eating.

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It was a great day and a wonderful start to holiday baking!

 

Questions for you…

What is your favorite holiday cookie?  I love buckeyes, which are more candies than cookies, but they are addictive!

Hershey Hugs or Kisses? I prefer Hugs!

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