Simple, classic and iconic, these Peanut Butter Blossoms are Christmas baking at it's best! They are soft & chewy (and stay that way!), coated in crackly, sparkling sugar, and have a chocolate Hershey's Kiss in the center of each cookie. They are one of our all-time favorite Christmas cookies!

a bowl filled with peanut butteer blossom cookies with a few scattered hershey kisses around it

When it comes to Christmas cookies, these are the first to be made in our house, every single year. Who doesn't love a classic, perfect peanut butter blossom after all?

They are soft & chewy with a crackle of sugar that each ball of cookie dough is rolled in just before baking and the Hershey's Kiss provides the ultimate chocolate/peanut butter combination.

We are especially crazy for them when the cookies are still warm and the chocolate gets all melted from the heat of the cookie before it sets up again.

a plate full of peanut butter blossom cookies on a table with red and white decorations and mugs around it and some Hershey kisses both wrapped and unwrapped scattered on the table

I'm not really sure when or why or how peanut butter blossoms came to be associated with Christmas since there is nothing inherently Christmas-y about them in terms of how they look or having seasonal flavors. But they certainly are perfect for taking to a cookie swap or leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

We will for sure be making more batches of these before December is over!

two peanut butter blossom cookies one slightly stacked on the other

My tips for this recipe are more like un-tips. Like, there are no finicky steps for creaming this or that, even though other peanut butter blossom recipes might tell you to do so.

Honestly, this is one of the only recipes where I literally put all the ingredients in a bowl all at the same time, and then turn on the blender and let it do it's job for a minute or two.

I don't cream the butter and peanut butter or gradually add in the sugar. I don't scrape the sides of the bowl. I don't gently stir in the flour or chill the dough or any other nonsense.

These cookies just plain don't need any of that fussing. My mixer does a good job of combining everything together into a nice, smooth dough and then I just use my hands to roll that dough into small balls.

That's my one concession to any sort of particular instruction - you want to keep the balls of dough very small so that your peanut butter cookie to chocolate Hershey's Kiss ratio is good. A tablespoon, maybe a tablespoon and a half, of dough is just right for small, perfect peanut butter blossoms that have the ultimate peanut butter to chocolate ratio.

blossom cookies on a plate near a large jinglebell and more hershey kisses
red and white striped mugs and scattered kisses around a plate of peanut butter blossom cookies

It seriously could not be easier to make perfect, soft & chewy peanut butter blossoms that stay that way for at least a few days (you know, assuming they last that long in your house. But they won't).

It's especially helpful to have little helpers who unwrap Kisses for you but be warned, they might start sneaking chocolates into their mouths when they are supposed to be setting them aside for cookies.

an upclose aerial view of peanut butter blossom cookies
peanut butter blossom cookies on a plate with hershey kisses around them
an upclose view of peanut butter blossom cookies on a plate

If you are looking for other cookie ideas for Christmas, I've got you covered with lots of delicious options! You might always want to try these chocolate dipped toffee pecan shortbread cookies, toffee oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or consider trying something a little different with these double lemon glazed cookies.

Or stick with tradition and make a batch of soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies or soft & chewy gingerbread men!

peanut butter blossom cookies on a plate in a pile while hershey kisses both wrapped and unwrapped are scattered around and a striped white and red mug rests in the background

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Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms

4.96 from 41 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Simple, classic and iconic, these peanut butter blossoms are Christmas baking at it's best!   They are soft & chewy (and stay that way!), coated in crackly, sparkling sugar, and have a chocolate Hershey's Kiss in the center of each cookie.  They are one of our all-time favorite Christmas cookies!

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 36 unwrapped Hershey's Kisses a little less than one bag
  • Extra ¼ cup sugar for rolling

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap the Hershey's Kisses.
  • Combine all ingredients except the Hershey's Kisses and extra rolling sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer. Mix well until combined.
  • Scoop out small, tablespoon size amounts of dough and roll into balls between your palms, then roll each ball in the extra sugar in a shallow bowl. Place on a baking sheet spaced an inch or two apart, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Don't let these overbake - I almost always pull them out at the 8-9 minute mark.
  • Immediately upon removing the cookies from the oven, gently press an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss in the center of each cookie. It will melt from the heat of the cookie and then eventually harden again as the cookies cool completely.

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Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    They are delicious.. I was wondering how long it will take for the kisses to harden so I can store them? I don't want the cookies to get crispy.
    Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Warning!!! I would advise Everyone to Not make these cookies!! Can't stress enough! You will be absolutely hooked. They are so Wonderful. Best P.B.K. EVER!!!! Chewy, soft and stay that way into next days If not missing before You get Your next chance to indulge once again. Used Natural Jiff cheamy & chunky P.B., land o lakes salted butter, unbleached flour for last ingredient. Mixed all in one bowl and removed at or near the 9 minute mark as stated, added kisses. I have made these several times and they were always Good but Seem to be missing something. Found it!!!! Need to add running now to weekly excersise. Lol No joke!
    I can't stress enough how Amazing these ingredients make the Perfect cookie. Thank you!!!!

    1. Lol - thanks for your hilarious and glowing review Cheri! Sorry for failing to mention the exercise requirement, haha! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are awesome! My family says these are the best peanut butter blossoms I have ever made! The instructions were easy to follow and I appreciated the tip regarding baking time. Amy you rock!

  4. i've made thee for years, but,today, they seemed to go flat, instead of being a little rounded. they were hard and crispy. help!!

  5. Amy! I’ve never made these, {gasp!} but we’re hosting a Christmas party on Friday and they seem perfectly festive! I searched for Peanut Butter Blossoms and your recipe was the one that came up first! Excited to use your recipe!

  6. Okay so mine went totally flat! Like ridiculously flat. Followed the recipe to a “T” and I have new backing soda so idk what couple be the issue. I feel like maybe the dough needs so be chilled first?

  7. 5 stars
    These turned out perfect and so delicious! First time making these from scratch and I will certainly be keeping this recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I made the cookies and they turned out great. I did have one problem (which may have been due to the butter being a bit too soft... parts of it was liquid) in that the cookie dough was really sticky. I added a half of cup of flour and that made it less sticky.

    Of course, that also meant that many more cookies were produced.... Sigh... my quality testing work is NEVER complete.

  9. 5 stars
    Perfect for the kids to bake and they turned out AMAZING!! We added some Christmas colored sugar and they loved them!

    1. Yes, I would just wrap it up really well and freeze for up to 2-3 months, then defrost in the fridge overnight. Or shape into balls and freeze that way.

  10. 5 stars
    The best recipe!!! I made these every other day in December! I scored serious points from my mother in law and brother in law! These are amazing! Before my brother in law returns back to Germany, he requested that I make these for him again! Done! Hooked! I think I even have the recipe memorized!

  11. 5 stars
    My daughters and I make this recipe every single Christmas. We love them! We make a double batch, half with kisses and the other half with Christmas m&ms that we stick into the cookies right after baking. So so good! Thank you!