Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Love, Hugs, and Hershey Kisses

A couple of weeks ago I won an awesome gift basket on the Baking Delights blog. I received the basket in the mail and have been dying to make peanut butter blossoms ever since. Things have been crazy since the holidays are here and the end of the school semester is upon me. I decided to take a little break from paper writing and whip up a batch of these cookies using the ingredients provided in my awesome prize! If you would like to win one of these baskets yourself check out Marye's Baking Delights blog for you chance to win. She is on the third week of the giveaway with one more week to go. That is two more chances for you to win.

There is so much going on in this post. I am so excited because this is also the first time I have gotten to use my new camera, a
Cannon Rebel Xsi, to take some food shots. Thank you for my early Christmas present dear husband, I LOVE my new camera. I am sure you will also appreciate it this summer when drag racing season is upon us and I get some awesome shots of your sexy car. :)

Ok back to the important stuff, the food! I got the recipe for these very traditional Christmas cookies in the Hershey's gift basket that I received and thought they would be the perfect addition to my blog.

Besides making some smaller cookies and some larger cookies the only change that I made was to use butter instead of shortening. I also managed to drop an entire pan of straight from the oven cookies on the floor, but we'll just all forget about that, ok? These are just as delicious as I remember them being. Definitely a great holiday treat.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Hershey's Kitchens

-makes about 4 dozen cookies ~

48 Hershey's Kisses
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
granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.


Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous of your camera. What an awesome husband! Your pictures look fabulous!

Liz said...

They look great! I am making these for Christmas as well.

In my family, we call them "Dolly Partons" lol.

notyet100 said...

tht looks like real nice christmas gift...first time here,..nice pics,..

Bob said...

I haven't had those in years, they look awesome! I'm going to have to whip some up.

That Girl said...

These were always my mom's specialties

Anonymous said...

These look awesome! So excited about your new camera :) Peanut butter blossoms are definitely a Christmas staple and I always use the Hershey recipe too, but I'm bad and use shortening ;-)

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Maria said...

What a nice prize you won! The cookies look great! We just got a new camera too! I love it!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Congrats on your chocolate package and your cookies looks fabulous!

giz said...

I always said baking is the best therapy. It allows you to feel such a sense of accomplishment and then motivates you to go right back to writing those awful papers.

Kirsten said...

These look great...and the pictures are awesome with your new camera!