Salted Peanut Butter Blossoms
Christmas means cookies and at our house that means our Annual Cookie Baking Day. What started as a family day of baking cookies together has grown to include neighbors and friends.
There is some work and planning that goes into deciding what cookies we are making each year and what will be on our cookie plate that year.
There are four things that you should consider for the perfect cookie plate:
1. Flavor – you want a balance of flavors on your cookie plate. Even though we all love chocolate it is nice to have a plate of cookies that isn’t all chocolate! I like to have a balance of flavors including: chocolate, caramel, nut, citrus, fruity, molasses, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, almond to name a few.
3. Texture – I love texture. Having a combination of soft, chewy, and crispy makes for a perfect cookie plate.
4. Shelf Life – Some cookies taste best the day they are made. I tend not to put those on my cookie plate because sometimes it takes me a day or two to get them delivered and I want everything to still taste fresh and good. A lot of cookies actually taste better a few days later so I like to use those.
One cookie that seems to make an appearance on a lot of cookie plates is a peanut butter cookie. One of my favorites is the traditional Peanut Butter Blossom that is usually topped with a candy kiss. I always use my husband’s aunts favorite, famous peanut butter cookie recipe. It is soft and chewy and tastes good several days later.
I like to put a new little twist on it though – instead of a chocolate kiss I use a salted peanut roll. You can purchase them in the candy section. It adds some extra peanut taste along with a little bit of salt. We call them salted peanut butter blossoms. Yum!
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven press a piece of the nut roll into the cookie.
The final and very important step of putting your holiday cookie plate together is the packaging. Of course you can pile them on a plate and cover them with some plastic wrap but with just a little bit more time and effort you can present your neighbors with something a little more special.
I like to purchase in bulk from my local restaurant supply store take out food containers. I line them with some parchment paper and add cookies.
Add a little washi tape to close up the paper.
For instructions on how to make your own glitter letter ornament go here.
What’s going to be on your cookie plate this year?
Salted Peanut Butter Blossoms
- 1/2 C shortening
- 1/2 C peanut butter
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 salted nut roll, cut into 12 pieces each
1. Cream shortening and sugars.
2. Add peanut butter and blend.
3. Add egg, milk and vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients.
5. Roll dough into 1" balls.
6. Roll in some extra sugar.
7. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes until very lightly browned.
8. Press piece of nut roll into warm cookie
I’m Leigh Anne and food, family and friends are three of my favorite things. I am the mother of four young adults, a new mother in law and am still trying to adjust to life as an empty nester along with my husband of over 30 years. I love throwing parties, burying my head in a book and digging in the dirt in my garden. My husband would tell you I love making messes in the kitchen and craft room and finding junk (treasures) at Goodwill. I believe that life is beautiful and it is up to us to find and create that beauty. I love sharing my journey to finding the pretty and delicious in life over at Your Homebased Mom. You can also visit me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
Leigh Anne Wilkes
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