Peanut Blossom cookies

Peanut Blossoms: Gold Country Fair Winner

Peanut Blossoms

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

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  • Yield: 48 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

  3. Top each cookie immediately with a candy kiss; press down firmly so cookie cracks around edge.

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Comments: 7

  1. Grant Sautner January 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I like the picture of the recipe card, nice touch!

  2. Sophia LaRosa January 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Aww….your momma typed that. On a typewriter! And wrote delicious on it. This box is really really special and I look forward to the journey it takes us on. 🙂

  3. Susan January 16, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Ben just did a drive-by my computer and did a double-take, saying, “That looks goooood,”.

  4. Susan January 16, 2013 at 4:31 am

    BTW, we want a picture of the picture of the bird.

  5. Jannell January 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I just wanna pop a couple ( . . . or a dozen) of those cookies in my mouth. They do look ‘delicious’

  6. Janie January 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    LOVE LOVE the recipe card!!!

  7. Patricia January 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love you put a pic of the recipe card. Yeah, I wanna see your drawing too.