Cookie of the Day

Every week I make a batch of cookies for the groups of kids that come through our house.  I asked the kids, "what cookie do you guys want this week"?   The answer was unanimous.  Can you make the peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kiss in the middle?  Luckily, the kids traipsing through our house have no peanut allergies, so peanut butter cookies it is.

Here is the recipe.  It makes about 6 dozen.

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 jar creamy peanut butter (18 ounces)
  • 3 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350.  Whip the butter in a large bowl until creamy.  Add both sugars and whip until completely combined.  Add the salt, baking soda and vanilla, beat again.  Add the eggs, one at a time, whipping in between to mix it up.  Add the peanut butter, mix again.  Add the flour, one cup at a time and mix well between each addition. 

Roll into 1 inch balls on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until brown.  If you aren’t going to put the Hershey kisses in, dip the peanut butter batter balls into sugar and press down with a fork when you put them on the baking tray.  Otherwise, just leave the balls whole.

When the cookies come out of the oven hot, immediately stick an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the middle of the cookie.  This will flatten the cookie out too.  Then cool.  I generally put the cookies in the refrigerator for about 1/2 an hour after cooled to harden up the chocolate a bit.  They kiss gets a little soft when it sits in the cookie.