Just so you know, I am starting this post with a winner. No, really, a true winner! When I was young, about 11 or so, my mom suggested that I enter something in the Gold Country Fair, our local yearly offering of carnival rides, pie eating contests and 4H competitions. I entered 4 items: Cranberry Nut Bread, Date Pinwheel cookies, a tragic pastel picture of a very stiff bird in a tree, and Peanut Blossom cookies. The competition for excellence in art must have been at an all time low that year, because my art work got second place, as did my date pinwheels, but the bread and the blossoms both received first place ribbons!
As I throw these cookies together, I see why my mom suggested them for an 11 year old to make on her own. It is a ONE BOWL deal. Measure everything, toss it in as you go and flip that switch. When it is all mixed together I found that the cookie dough was not impossible to roll in to balls, sticking to every last bit of finger it touches, NO! It was super easy-dreamy and rolled right into the nice bowl of loose sugar for a bit of coating before settling on the cookie sheet. I recommend this as an excellent recipe to make with your kids. PLUS, you can assign them the grueling task of unwrapping all of the kisses before the first batch of cookies are done baking.
Peanut Blossom cookies
- 1 3/4 c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1/2 c firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 c shortening
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 standard bag of milk chocolate kisses
Combine all ingredients, except candy kisses, in large mixer bowl. Mix on lowest speed of mixer until dough forms. Shape dough into balls, using a rounded tsp. for each. Roll balls in additional white sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Top each cookie immediately with a candy kiss; press down firmly so cookie cracks around edge.