The Freshman Cook: A Match Made in Heaven!

Could there possibly be anything better than the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate? The correct answer is NO! It is the best combination ever, ever, ever! So what cookie could live up to the hype of the best combination ever? There is only 1. Peanut Butter Blossoms!!! The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter, and easy to make too! Here’s what you need:
48 Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate 1/2 cup shortening (solid white) 3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 

                                FRESHMAN TIP:(Remember how we did this in past blogs?) 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1and 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt more granulated sugar ( you will understand near the end of the recipe) Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the wrappers from all 48 chocolate kisses. Remember, if you can’t resist temptation, and you decide to eat one, or two, or three, you will have to unwrap more. I have only heard about this, I would never ruin the sanctity of a recipe for the sake of chocolate.! (Ha!)

Mix the shortening and peanut butter in your bowl until it is well blended. 

Add the 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and packed brown sugar.

Beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat into the peanut butter mixture. After all your ingredients are well combined, start shaping the dough into 1 inch balls. Place the granulated sugar in a bowl. Try to use one that is medium sized and not too shallow. Place your rolled balls of dough into the sugar and roll it around in to coat it with sugar. Place them on your parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. I like to check mine at 8 minutes just to be sure. You may want to turn your cookie sheet around in the oven at this time. Not all ovens bake evenly. When you take your cookie sheet from the oven, place it so you can work with it and not burn yourself. Place a chocolate kiss in the middle of each cookie. Press down slightly, but not too hard. The cookie will crack around the edges, but don’t worry. That’s what makes them beautiful! Cool on a wire rack until you can’t wait any longer, or they cool off!


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