Christmas Cookie Day: Peanut Butter Surprises


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!

little peanut butter hats, right?

Check back next Monday for another Christmas cookie recipe (chocolate balls!) that also has a surprise of its own.


8 Comments on “Christmas Cookie Day: Peanut Butter Surprises”

  1. I’ve never had this version of the cookie (with the kiss inside), but it’s an addicting combination for sure.

  2. Caroline says:

    Great photo, and a wonderful classic Christmas cookie! These look fantastic. Peanut butter cookies are my all-time favorite, but unfortunately, I don’t like chocolate. 😦 Not sure if I’ve shared that tragic news with you yet. But oddly, Reese’s are one of my favorite candies. Weird, right? Not sure if I’ll ever understand!

    • egg me on says:

      You have mentioned that a few times — but I still don’t understand! Don’t like chocolate?! I can’t even comprehend that! BUT I think that since you love Reese’s you’ll probably like these cookies! There’s also more PB than chocolate. You could even just eat the outside and leave the Kiss in the middle. 😉

  3. I don’t know, unwrapping all those candies, better make it a full bag. I’ll need sustenance.

    • egg me on says:

      Yeah, baking is tough. You’ll need energy to get you thru. It’s probably best to have 2 bags on hand … like I did. Some for the cookies, and then some of “sustenance.”

  4. thelegaltart says:

    These looks so great. What a great Christmas biscuit!

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