When my Granny was alive she loved to cook. She especially loved baking. She was known for her cakes, pies, and especially for her cookies. Every Christmas, she made a variety of cookies and gave them away as gifts. She made Russian Tea Cakes, Cherry Drop Cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies, and Molasses Cookies. But my absolute favorite were her Peanut Butter kisses – delicious peanut butter cookies topped with a Hershey’s kiss. They were unbelievably good.
These days, Peanut Butter kisses are one of my all time favorite indulgences. I don’t make them often because if I can’t keep my hands off of them. However, every time The Goose wants to make dessert, these are what we make. Not just because they’re delicious, but also because these cookies only have five ingredients (six if you count the Hershey’s Kisses). And when you’re cooking with your kids the less ingredients, the better.
Growing up, we always made peanut butter cookies with a simple 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg recipe. But I was doing some experimenting, and I found that the cookies are even more delicious and tender if you use a combination of regular sugar, powdered sugar and brown sugar.
Peanut Butter Kisses
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses (half for the cookies, half to eat while you wait for them to finish baking)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and the three types of sugar. Add in the egg, and continue stirring until it is fully incorporated.
Using your hands, form the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press one Hershey’s Kiss onto the top of each cookie.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.
Once the cookies have finished baking, let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. If you move them too soon they’ll crumble into pieces. And so will your four-year-old.
If you don’t have any Hershey’s Kisses in the house, or are just looking to bake a traditional peanut butter cookie, just leave out the Hershey’s Kisses. Instead, after you’ve finished rolling the dough, dip a fork in white sugar and use it to mash down each cookie using a criss cross pattern. Remember to dip the fork in sugar each time. (You can also use colored sugar if you are making these cookies for the holidays).