Christmas Cookie Day: Peanut Butter SurprisesPosted: December 5, 2011 | |
This cookie recipe is probably older than most of the people reading this blog right now. Way back in the early 1970s (1973 to be exact), my mom found this recipe in a magazine. The exact name of the magazine has been lost over time, but this recipe has been a Christmastime staple in our family ever since.
There are affectionately known as “Hershey Kiss Things” around our house, but you can call them Peanut Butter Surprises. What looks like a typical peanut butter cookie — a peanut butter cookie shaped like a little hat — is actually filled with a chocolate Kiss. It makes for a very tasty surprise.
You know what’s not surprising? How hard it is to unwrap a bag of Hershey Kisses and not eat one. Okay – to not eat two.
Peanut Butter Surprises (aka Hershey Kiss Things)
– 1 cup of flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
– 1 stick of margarine
– 1 cup of brown sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 bag of Hershey Kisses, unwrapped (you’ll need at least ¾ of a bag)
In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the peanut butter, margarine and brown sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until well incorporated. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Heat your oven to 350º. Wrap one tablespoon of dough around each Kiss and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Keep the dough in the fridge or freezer while each batch bakes, for easy handling. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack. And, enjoy!
Check back next Monday for another Christmas cookie recipe (chocolate balls!) that also has a surprise of its own.