Best Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are soft and chewy and are topped with a dark chocolate kiss. Perfect for the chocolate and peanut butter lover in all of us!
Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday memories and is a tradition I still love today. I have many favorite cookies, but these peanut butter kiss cookies are a classic that never goes out of style.
I have tweaked this childhood recipe to yield the Best Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. They have a soft and chewy texture, and since I love dark chocolate, I use dark chocolate kisses instead of milk chocolate ones. Rolling the cookies in red sugar makes them more festive, but these cookies are delicious any time of year, just roll the dough in white sugar instead.
To achieve the tender and chewy texture that I love, I added an extra egg yolk which helps with the chewy factor. I also used a greater proportion of brown sugar to granulated sugar. Additionally, I increased the amount of flour and added in baking powder. Lastly, I started with cold butter, cut into small cubes. When I made these, I also chilled the dough. Chilling the dough probably isn't necessary if using cold butter, but this method produces the texture that I prefer.
So, I hope you kick off your holiday baking and try these Best Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. They are perfect for the chocolate and peanut butter lover in all of us!
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Best Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 30 dark chocolate kisses
- granulated or colored sugar for rolling
- In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Mix in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until just combined. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and milk and mix until combined. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Using a small scoop (tablespoon size), form the dough into balls and roll in granulated or colored sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the dough slightly to form an even disk. Bake 8-9 minutes until just set. Remove from oven and press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
- Cool cookies until chocolate sets up. Store in an airtight container.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.