The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you're a peanut butter lover then these chewy cookies with a warm, gooey chocolate center will be sure to satisfy. This recipe makes about 4 dozen, so it's perfect for any holiday or big-batch baking.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min (includes chilling and cooling times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: about 48 cookies
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature 

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar 

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (see Cook?s Note) 

1 large egg 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste 

Nonstick cooking spray 

48 milk chocolate candies, such as Hershey's Kisses 

Directions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
  2. Add the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter and continue beating until fluffy, 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 
  3. Position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray. 
  4. Roll half the dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and then roll in granulated sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Chill the remaining dough while the first batch bakes. 
  5. Bake, rotating and switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are puffed and lightly golden, 10 to 11 minutes. Immediately press a chocolate candy into the center of each cookie. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. 

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.) Use regular creamy commercial-style peanut butter in this recipe and not the “natural” variety. We like the sweetness and texture it provides.