This Peanut Blossoms cookie recipe is made with shortening, peanut butter, and a combination of white and brown sugar. These peanut butter cookies are rolled in sugar and then baked until puffy and browned. The final touch is a chocolate Hershey Kiss on top!

Peanut Blossoms Cookie on cookie sheet

Peanut Blossoms are a great recipe that his fun to make with the kids and even more fun to eat! These are a delicious afternoon snack idea, or to enjoy after dinner for dessert. They also make great cookies for holiday cookie trays.

Making cookies that my picky eater will love

My Grumpy hubby is a super picky eater. Sometimes I dread the question “what are you making?” Anytime I am making something, I always have him in mind and whether he will like the end product.

When I first made these Peanut Blossoms, Grumpy was convinced they were going to be crunchy because they were peanut butter. However, these peanut butter cookies are soft and slightly chewy. His first cookie convinced him they weren’t a hard cookie and he couldn’t leave them alone.

Unwrapped Hershey Kisses in a white bowl with wrapped kisses in the background

What you need to make these Peanut Blossoms

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Basic ingredients you need to be sure you have.

Creamy Peanut Butter: Be sure the peanut butter you use is not all natural. This is my preferred brand to use.

Vegetable Shortening: This is an important part of the recipe and I don’t recommend you substitute anything for it. This is the brand I use.

Granulated Sugar: This is in the cookie and what you roll the peanut butter cookie dough ball in.

Brown Sugar: This is part of what makes the cookie chewy!

Hershey Kisses: They won’t be a peanut blossom unless you use a Hershey Kiss. I used milk chocolate kisses.

a ball of peanut butter cookie dough in the palm of a hand

Cookie Baking Tips

  • Use an insulated baking sheet. It will allow heat to distribute evenly while baking the peanut butter blossoms.
  • Use a silpat or parchment paper to prevent cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
  • Cool the peanut blossoms completely on a cooling rack before storing. The heat from the baked cookie will soften the chocolate.
  • Be sure the peanut butter and the shortening are at room temperature.
  • Unwrap the Hershey kisses either before you mix the cookie dough, or while the cookies are baking
unbaked peanut blossoms dough balls rolled in sugar and on the baking sheet

Make these cookies your way

  • Use a different flavored hershey kiss. We have used dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate hugs.
  • Leave the Hershey kiss out of the recipe and stir 1 cup of chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Substitute chunky peanut butter for the creamy peanut butter.
  • Make these with cookie butter instead of peanut butter.
Peanut Blossoms Cookie on cookie sheet

Other peanut butter cookie recipes you may enjoy

No Bake Fudge Cookies are full of chocolate and peanut butter flavor and taste just like fudge.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are gluten free, with crispy edges and a chewy center.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies are crispy, chewy, and coated in delicious chocolate.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies have a touch of almond extract and are a thick and chewy cookie with crisp edges.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies have a chocolate peanut butter cookie dough with peanut butter chips. This is for the total chocolate peanut butter fan!

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies is Grumpy’s favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. Give him white chocolate and he’ll love you forever.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are similar to the no bake fudge cookies but without the chocolate.

up close image of peanut blossoms cookie

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Peanut Blossoms

A soft peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center.
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Course: Cookie Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Blossoms, Peanut Butter Blossoms
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 96kcal


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Granulated sugar optional
  • 48 Hershey Kisses


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  • Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar (if using) on a plate and roll the cookie dough in the sugar to coat. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8 minutes or until peanut blossoms are lightly golden brown.
  • Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. The cookie will crack around edges when the kiss is pressed into the center.
  • Remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack and cool completely before storing.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 74mg | Sugar: 6g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. RecipeGirl November 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Delish! I love these, but have never made them with hugs. These are always on my Christmas baking list with red and green sprinkles.

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  2. Cristine November 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Yum! I love peanut butter blossoms!

  3. Sabrina November 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Skipping the rice pudding was smart. I wish I would’ve. Not a big fan… but I knew someone would eat it.
    I love peanut butter blossoms! And yours look so wonderful and lovely! I wish I could eat them over the internet!!!

  4. Carrie November 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I remember that header!

  5. Rebecca November 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Jeff loves these, too, and I know EXACTLY where you’re coming from with not wanting to make things that won’t get eaten. These cookies, on the other hand, wouldn’t last a night at our house. 😉

  6. Meg November 18, 2008 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I love these! They look so cute with the striped kisses!

  7. Cathy November 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I like the rice pudding, but I know that I would LOVE these cookies! So cute with the Hugs.

  8. Marthe November 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    These look amazing!!! Too bad they don’t sell hugs or kisses here! But fortunately I’ll be able to stock up on them when I visit Canada next summer.

    I chickened out and also skipped the rice pudding, but I will be making the raisin snails (can’t remember their correct name) as a rewind.

  9. Aggie November 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Oh these are cuties! They sound delicious! I will have to make these to give away for the holidays, they are so adorable!

  10. Katie November 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    These are one of my favorite holiday cookies!

  11. Jo November 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I make these too and love them 🙂 Yours are especially pretty with the hugs on them!

  12. Matt November 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    The hugs look great on the cookies, but I would have to make them with the regular kind. I don’t know why, but I just don’t “get” white chocolate…

    I think I’ll be sitting out the twofer pie as well!

  13. Kristen November 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I love the Hugs in these. Great idea for a slightly different flavor.

  14. Pam November 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Those are the cutest cookies…they look and sound so darn good.

  15. Fit Chick November 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Your cookies look so good and the hugs are a great choice. I didn’t make the rice pudding either, just don’t like it.

  16. CookiePie November 18, 2008 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Those are adorable! I love the Hugs in them – something different!

  17. Ruth E November 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    These are so cute!!!!!

  18. Meg November 19, 2008 at 12:41 am - Reply

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  19. Reeni November 19, 2008 at 12:58 am - Reply

    These are one of my family favorites. I started making these with my Mom and sis when I was just a little girl. Lots of great memories. YUM. Love the hugs!

  20. Bobby November 19, 2008 at 1:26 am - Reply

    peanut blossoms… I love cookies! Would you mind mailing me a box of these (not even joking 🙂 ). These look really good. Nicely done HoneyB.

  21. AmyRuth November 19, 2008 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for leaving a holiday treat for all of us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. See ya after.

  22. dharmagirl November 19, 2008 at 3:26 am - Reply

    lovely cookies!

    i’m with you on the pie next week–it will be the first week I miss! i always make a maple bourbon pecan pie that’s hard to beat:)

  23. JyLnC November 19, 2008 at 3:46 am - Reply

    They are so cute with the white chocolate kisses. We make these every year – they’re a favorite and they never last long.

  24. Lisa November 19, 2008 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Oh, so many good cookies to choose from.

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  26. Joie de vivre November 19, 2008 at 5:17 am - Reply

    These are so cute with the striped kisses. I’ve never seen them before.

  27. Megan November 19, 2008 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I just bought three bags of kisses to make the non-peanut butter version of these. I love them (and so do the kids).

  28. Darius T. Williams November 19, 2008 at 3:10 am - Reply

    I love TWD – but um…these cookies – all I can say is AMEN!


  29. Pamela November 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Mmmmmm…as you know, I love cookies. Cookies I would choose over rice pudding any day of the week!

  30. n.o.e November 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I’ve made these cookies with Dove dark chocolate and they were amazing that way too. We’ll be making Dorie’s pie along with our usual favorite(s). Can never have too much pie!

  31. averagebetty November 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Reminds me of home…

  32. Robin Sue November 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I love all things peanut butter. Had a spoonful of peanut butter fudge sauce for breakfast! Love these cookies, perfect for Christmastime.

  33. Jess November 19, 2008 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Wow, your first TWD skip – that is impressive! I love those cookies, too.

  34. Squawkfox November 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    OHH MY WORD. I have a thing for peanut butter for sure. Your cookies just look so chewy and tasty. I wonder if the recipe could be done without the shortening? Hmmmm…

  35. creative one November 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I love these cookies!

  36. What's for Supper? November 19, 2008 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Those are so cute!

  37. Flourchild November 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I would eat these over rice pudding any ole day!

  38. noble pig November 21, 2008 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Yeah these instead of rice puddin’ anyday…they look so pretty!

  39. Freya November 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Wow, how cute are those stripy kisses? We don’t have have cool stuff like that for our cookies over here in the UK!! I’m so jealous!

  40. Miriah October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply


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