Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms

Homemade peanut butter blossoms are the quintessential Christmas cookie and trademark of any holiday cookie tray. My classic recipe yields soft, peanut buttery, and easy-to-make festive cookies!

overhead image of peanut butter blossoms with white, green, and red sugar

Peanut butter blossoms are easily one of the best Christmas cookies on this planet because they’re (1) easy to make (2) super cute (3) peanut butter + chocolate and (4) peanut butter + chocolate. (Have to list that twice!)

This soft-baked style peanut butter cookie is a tried and true favorite (you can even find the recipe in my cookbook, Sally’s Candy Addiction). While small, these cookies pack a mighty peanut butter punch. And that’s what everyone loves about them!

peanut butter blossoms on a white plate

What Makes These the Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

  • Simple + straightforward recipe
  • Mega peanut butter flavor
  • Extra soft
  • Only 30 minutes needed for dough chilling, so they’re relatively quick
  • Rolled in granulated sugar for an extra crunch– use colorful sanding sugars for a festive touch

And you have options! Instead of a Hershey’s Kiss try a peanut butter cup or chocolate heart like I do in my peanut butter cup blossoms and sparkle sweetheart cookies. Or fill with jam like in my peanut butter jam thumbprints.

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Ingredients in Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Here’s what you need to make this classic Christmas cookie recipe. You can find the full printable recipe below.

  • Flour: We use all-purpose flour as the base of these peanut butter cookies.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda helps the cookies rise.
  • Salt + Vanilla Extract: Use both salt and vanilla extract for flavor.
  • Sugars: We use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar in this recipe. Both for sweetness and brown sugar for softness.
  • Egg: One egg binds everything together.
  • Butter: Butter adds flavor and structure. Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before beginning.
  • Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is the most important ingredient for peanut butter cookies. For best results, it’s best to use processed peanut butter like Jif or Skippy– the same I recommend for my peanut butter balls. I do not suggest using natural style or oily peanut butter.
  • Chocolate Kiss Candies: A necessity! This is the “blossom” part of these cookies.

2 images of peanut butter cookie dough ball in a bowl of white sugar and balls of dough in bowls of green sugar and red sugar

Peanut Butter Blossoms Video Tutorial

unwrapped Hershey's kisses

Overview: How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms

You can find the full written recipe below, but let me walk you through these steps so you understand the process before starting. These cookies are quick and simple– a welcome recipe during a busy holiday season.

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Work on the wet ingredients. This includes creaming the butter and sugars, adding the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together.
  4. Refrigerate cookie dough. At least 30 minutes– 1 hour is ideal!
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls. Use about 1 Tablespoon of dough each.
  6. Dunk into granulated sugar. Generously coat each cookie dough ball in granulated sugar (or colorful sanding sugar, if using).
  7. Bake. Let the cookies cool for few minutes on the baking sheet.
  8. Press a chocolate kiss into each cookie.
  9. Freeze the cookies on the cookie sheet. This prevents the chocolate from melting.
  10. Remove from the freezer.

peanut butter blossoms on a silpat baking mat after baking

The Trick to Peanut Butter Blossoms

Stick the baked cookies in the freezer to prevent the chocolate kiss candy from melting. This ensures the chocolate kiss candy stays nice and snug in the cute little peanut butter cookie.

Let me explain! When you take the peanut butter cookies out of the oven, let them cool for about 5-10 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss candy into the center and immediately stick the baking sheet into the freezer. The refrigerator works too, but the freezer is most effective at preventing any melty problems. This also helps cool the cookies quicker so you can immediately hoard them for yourself. I mean… share with your family. 🙂

peanut butter blossoms with white, green, and red sugar on a cooling rack

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Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Homemade peanut butter blossoms are simple to make and a classic holiday cookie!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (195g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 24 chocolate kiss candies, unwrapped

Coating

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • OR: 1/4 cup green sanding sugar and 1/4 cup red sanding sugar

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on high speed until creamy. On medium-high speed, beat in 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and the 1/2 cup of brown sugar until completely creamed and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Cover and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator (and up to 1 day). If chilling for longer than a few hours, though, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard and the cookies may not spread much.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside. Also, make sure there’s room in your freezer because the cookies will need to be placed inside to prevent the chocolates from melting.
  5. Roll & Coat the Dough: Scoop and roll cookie dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each. Roll each ball in the 1/2 cup of sugar (or sanding sugar) and arrange on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops begin to slightly crack. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Press a chocolate kiss candy into each cookie on 1 of the baking sheets until it sticks. Place the baking sheet in the freezer so the chocolate does not melt. Remove after 10 minutes in the freezer. Repeat with 2nd baking sheet of cookies.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Granulated Sugar: You’ll only need 1/4 cup of granulated sugar for the cookie dough and the other 1/2 cup will be for coating in step 5. Or you can use sanding sugar to coat the cookies instead, noted as optional in the ingredient list. If using sanding sugar, you do not need the extra 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
  3. Recipe excerpted from Sally’s Candy Addiction cookbook.

Keywords: peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter kiss cookies

78 Comments

  1. Great recipe! So much more moist than other recipes I have tried. I only wait about a minute to press the kiss into the cookie and have had no problems with the kiss melting. But I do put it in the freezer afterward. Works great!

  2. These came out so great! So glad I found your website! Will be trying more of your recipes!!!

  3. HELLA good. Rolled these in raw sugar coz i had nothing else and they were all crusty and divine. I would also recommend pushing the Hersheys Kisses on while the cookies are very hot.. I left my 3rd batch sitting a little too long and they had trouble sticking to the cookie.. but if you do it while they are hit and push fairly hard into the cookie they turn out perfect!

  4. These spread out a little & weren’t as thick as I wanted but they tasted great!

  5. Well it’s March and we’re still baking these (typical) Christmas cookies. That’s how good they are! Don’t change a thing about the recipe. My kids love them. Very soft and easy to make,.

  6. I love this recipe! The cookies turned out well, but there were a few things I changed. I didn’t let the cookies sit for 10 minutes because the Hershey kisses didn’t stick after that long. Also the recipe says that it yields 24 cookies which I thought was WAY off. I used the tablespoon measurement like the recipe said. I doubled the recipe because I needed more cookies. Instead of around 48, I ended up with 70 cookies. They were all the same tablespoon amount of dough and look just like the picture.

  7. I made this with a twist. My peanut butter butterscotch loving husband wanted some cookies, so I made the blossoms. But, I took a spoon, put an indentation in each cookie, then put in some melted butterscotch chips. He loves them!

  8. Anything I bake from Sally’s baking addiction always turns out perfect

  9. Danielle M. Wilson says:

    Making these for my fiancé’s annual hunting trip and so excited! These are his favorite cookie and I couldn’t quite read the copy we have of his mother’s recipe, so I came to Sally’s for the recipe. Saw someone’s suggestion about freezing the kisses first and I’m going to try that!

  10. Sharon Sanford says:

    I put the kisses in with the point of the kiss in the cookie, so no chocolate sticking out of the cookie…It lies flat.

  11. I wish you could smell my house. The chocolate and peanut butter aroma is amazing. I used chocolate stars instead of Kisses. They lay flatter and look prettier.

  12. These are the best PB blossoms ever! The peanut butter taste prevails and the kisses do stay attached! I wanted to double the recipe but wound up accidentally putting too much butter and had to quadruple the recipe instead. Ran out of kisses so I rolled the rest of the dough balls in crushed peanuts and made Sally’s jam thumbprint cookies. Equally fabulous! I have to give them away so we can stop eating them!

  13. Can we do this with almond butter?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Elisa, We haven’t personally tried it, but I can’t see any issues with the replacement. If it’s oily then make sure you stir it well before using. Some readers have also made these with sunflower seed butter with success!

  14. Mary Henderson says:

    I continue to come to your blog for amazing recipes. These cookies did NOT disappoint. They are soft, festive, and DELISH!

    I have one problem though…. HOW do I give away my favorite cookies to friends and family?!?

    Thank you! Happy holidays!

  15. Just wondering if I could use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
    Love all of your recipes!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Beth, crunchy peanut butter makes them taste a bit dry. I would stick with creamy for these cookies!

  16. Love these!! They are so delicious. The only thing is some fell apart, and crumbled. Any idea why and how to prevent them from breaking?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Donna, The cookies can crack on the edges when you press in the chocolate kiss. Use your hands/fingers to press the edges back together while the cookies are still warm. You could also try baking them for 1 less minute next time. We’re glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  17. WOOW these are delicious!!!! I’m am a beginner baker and I am so thrilled that these came out so good! They are perfect….I followed the instructions to a T so they turned out so moist and flavorful. I took the advice of someone in the comments about freezing the kisses beforehand and that made things so much easier. I will be using this recipe over and over~

  18. I made these cookies but I think that when I baked them the bottoms were burnt and I think it was because of the sugar. What do you think?

    1. This website helped me bake and mail boxes of Christmas cookies for the first time ever. This is one of types of cookies I baked, and the recipe is practically foolproof. I’m thinking that it could have been any one of the following: check your actual oven temp – it may be higher than the setting, the rack was not in the middle of the oven and that caused the bottoms to get done too quickly, be sure to use parchment paper or liners. Also – you don’t have to do this, but I found that baking the cookies for 8 min, adding the kisses, and returning the cookies to the oven for 2-3 min worked great. I don’t have enough room to chill in my freezer, but I chilled in my refrigerator (which tends to run cold), and they came out perfectly. Hope this helps.

      I told a friend that “come hell or high water, I’m coming out of this pandemic knowing how to bake.” I credit Sally for helping me learn. This website is amazing!

  19. My dough came out on the dry side. Is there something I can do to save it.

  20. Great recipe!

  21. Good recipe. But for the life of me, why would you put them in the freezer? You WANT the chocolate to melt! It’s so gooey wonderful when it melts. It still holds it’s shape but the chocolate becomes creamy.

  22. The comments are very helpful ! Thank you for a great recipe 🙂

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