Classic Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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Peanut butter kiss cookies are a classic holiday tradition that everyone loves. Creamy peanut butter cookies are made special with milk chocolate center.

Classic Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Kiss or blossoms, these cookies are almost always guaranteed to make an appearance during the holidays. Why? Whole pieces of chocolate plus creamy peanut butter, enough said. They are also so simple and fun to make. Who doesn’t like sneaking a chocolate piece or two when you unwrap the foil on each cute lil’ kiss.

These peanut butter kiss cookies bring me back to great memories of my childhood. I first fell in love with baking at eight years old. I had to graduate from using my easy-bake oven before my parents trusted me to use the big kitchen on my own. Once I got the green light, I was like a cookie baking machine, haha.

Large Holiday pack of Hershey's chocolate kisses

If you’re just starting to teach your kids how to bake this is an excellent recipe that can get everyone involved. From mixing, rolling, and placing that pretty kiss on each cookie, everyone will have a blast baking together. That’s what the holidays are about, quality time with family and friends.

It’s pretty incredible how much the Hershey’s kiss his evolved. From what used to be just milk chocolate drops, the wrappers are decorated with the seasons, and the flavors vary.

Unwrapping Hershey's chocolate kisses for a peanut butter kiss cookie recipe

Hershey’s seasonal kiss flavors come in candy cane, caramel-filled, hot cocoa, cookies and cream, and much more. You can get creative with a plethora of choices, but I decided to keep it classic.

finger pressing a chocolate kiss into a piece of cookie dough

These tender cookies bake up with lightly crisp edges, each gobble revealing delicious peanut butter flavor. This recipe is fantastic without the kisses too if you want just a simple peanut butter cookie. These cookies are incredible after cooling, and the chocolate has softened, and the entire cookie just melts in your mouth.

several peanut butter kiss cookies spread out on a white table

The cookie base is a mixture of flour, butter, granulated and brown sugar, egg, vanilla and the creamiest peanut butter you can find. I used Jif natural creamy peanut butter unless you want to learn how to make peanut butter. The dough is easier to handle when it spreads effortlessly.

I rolled the dough into pretty small 1-inch balls. If you make them too big, the cookie will be too large compared to the size of the kiss.

close up of peanut butter cookies with chocolate Hershey's kisses on top

Still need a reason to make these peanut butter kiss cookies? Santa not only likes chocolate chip cookies, but he also enjoys peanut butter too! Merry Christmas friend, wishing you and your loved ones a holiday filled with joy, peace, and relaxation!

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When is the best time to add the chocolate kiss?

For this peanut butter kiss cookie, I added them right out of the oven while the cookies were still warm and on the sheet tray. Push them gently into the center of the cookie, which will cause the edges to crack a little. Don’t wait too long! Make sure to add them immediately so the cookies will be soft and there’s time for the chocolate to melt on the bottom slightly and stick to the cookie. You can then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

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Classic Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut butter kiss cookies are a classic holiday tradition that everyone loves. Creamy peanut butter cookies are made special with milk chocolate center.
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4 from 130 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings 45 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened to 65 to 68ºF (18 to 20ºC)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 45 chocolate kiss candies, Hershey’s Kisses, foil removed

Instructions 

  • Set the oven rack to the center position. Preheat to 375°F (191ºC).
  • Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper. One cookie sheet can also be used, allowing the sheet to cool between batches.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, whisk to combine.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar on medium speed, 1 minute.
  • Add egg, milk, and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well blended, about 30 seconds.
  • Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until combined on low speed, about 1 minute. If the dough is very soft, refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Measure out 1 leveled tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it into approximately 1-inch sized balls.
  • Roll cookies in sugar and place 2-inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake until lightly browned, puffed, with some cracks on the surface, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Immediately press the chocolate candies into the center of each cookie. The dough will crack more around the edges.
  • Allow to cool for 2 minutes on the sheet pan, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Store cookies in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. HomesInDesert.com says

    I made these today as part of my Christmas cookie bake. Simple, and most tasty. In the sugar roll, I added in two dashes of allspice and two pinched of sea salt. What a nice twist to the chocolate and peanut butter base cookie. Recipe makes quantity specified too. Nice. I wish I could have posted a pic.

      • Marie Estevez says

        Hey Jessica! I absolutely adore this recipe, especially when Christmas is approaching ❤️. It’s perfect for family dinner when the kids are around. Now, have you ever froze your dough for this recipe? I wanted to know because I’m not sure how long it can be kept in the freezer before planning on preparing on baking them. Please, if you can answer this I would greatly appreciate it ☺️ Thank you so much for this recipe!

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