I'm not sure why I like to make these cookies at Christmas time since peanut butter and chocolate go well together year round, but here's a look at some of my favorite Christmas cookies.I've adjusted the recipe I once found online. My recipe a bit more peanut butter than the classic recipe and I prefer to use butter over shortening.
PB Cookies with Chocolate Kisses
* 1/2 cup butter, softened in the microwave
* 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
* 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 large egg
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* Sugar to roll dough balls in
* 24 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Then add the egg, milk and vanilla. Add 1 cup flour and gently stir. Add additional 3/4 cup flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined.
Roll into small 1-inch balls. Roll the dough balls in a small bowl of sugar and place on cookie sheet. This dough tends to grow a bit, so be sure the dough ball aren't too big. You will want a nice small cookie so that you have the perfect peanut butter/chocolate combo when you are finished.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Pull cookies from oven when they just start to have a slight brown color. You don't want to overcook them.
After removing the pan from the oven, press 1 unwrapped chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack.
Try not to eat them all at once!