With just 4 ingredients (including the chocolate kisses), you can make the easiest no-chill Christmas cookies! Peanut butter blossom cookies are made with just 4 ingredients! These are naturally gluten-free, but be sure to check the label of your kisses.
You will love these Hershey Kiss Cookies
Peanut butter blossom cookies are exactly what you make when you need to bring cookies to a holiday party, or drop treats off on your neighbors porch. My love for these peanut butter kiss cookies is huge.
First, I love that they only require 4 ingredients! Yes, these cookies are gluten free, but I didn't intend for them to be this way. I made the peanut butter cookie gluten free because it really allows for the flavors to stand out more. We don't need flour, baking soda or baking powder getting in the way of peanut butter. The simplicity of this cookie is everything.
I also love that this recipe only makes 1 dozen cookies. Because sometimes, in my house, the bag of Hershey's kisses gets opened, and a few are eaten before I can bake. Now, I only need to hide 12 kisses in the freezer to make these cookies, and we're free to eat the rest of the bag.
Blossom Cookies ingredients
Yes, these cookies are flourless, and they really only require 4 ingredients. Since we're just using the egg white, here's a list of recipes to use leftover egg yolks. I also love that because this recipe is so simple, you can stir everything together in a small bowl. No need to use a hand mixer, either!
- peanut butter (I don't recommend using a 'natural' one that requires lots of stirring)
- granulated sugar
- egg white
- Hershey kisses!
Peanut Butter Blossom variations
If you're out of chocolate kisses, go ahead and press a piece of any dark chocolate in the center of the cookie when it comes out of the oven. You will still love it! You can also skip the chocolate piece and use Nutella instead! Check my recipe for Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies that was adapted from this recipe--it's just as simple, I promise!
How to make Peanut Butter Cookies with Kisses
- Gather your ingredients: peanut butter, sugar, an egg white, and unwrap 12 chocolate kisses.
- The dough comes together in just a small bowl, stirred by hand. So simple!
- Divide the dough into 12 dough portions, and roll them into 12 neat balls. Space them evenly on a baking sheet. The cookies bake without the kisses. Press an unwrapped chocolate into the center of each cookie right when they come out of the oven. The warmth of the cookie will melt the kiss lightly and help it stick to the cookie.
- Let the cookies cool before attempting to stack them on plates or serving them so the chocolate pieces stay in place.
How to store Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
These peanut butter blossoms keep at room temperature for up to 5 days. The moisture in the peanut butter helps them stay moist. Be sure to store them in an air-tight container. I don’t recommend storing them in the fridge because the chocolate kiss on top can become cloudy. Keep them in a cool place in an air-tight container to stay moist.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies FAQs
Your peanut butter kiss cookies can be dry because they were over-baked, or because they cooled completely on the baking sheet, where the residual heat continued to cook the cookies as they cooled. Once the chocolate kiss has been pressed in the center, let the cookies sit enough to firm up, and then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
The best way to prevent your Hershey’s Kisses from melting on your cookie is to remove them from the baking sheet as soon as the kiss sets in the cookie. The residual heat of the baking pan is what causes the melting. Once the cookies are firm enough to move to a cooling rack, move them.
Ok, if you use my recipe, this will not happen. However, you can cause it by baking cookies on pans that are hot from the oven. If you re-use a pan for baking cookies, it’s best to rinse it in cool water until it’s cool again. Never put fresh cookie dough on a hot baking sheet. Also, you can use silicone liners on baking sheets to help evenly distribute heat in the oven while cookies bake. Parchment paper helps with heat distribution a bit, but silicone mats are even better. Your oven might have hot spots if cookies flatten out quickly in the oven. You can try rotating your pan, or calibrating your oven.
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter*
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg white
- 12 Hershey kisses, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 350 and have a baking sheet ready.
- In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, sugar and egg white.
- Divide mixture into 12 balls and roll them in your hands to form balls. Place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes. Immediately push the Hershey kiss into the center when they come out of the oven. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
*It's best to use a regular brand of peanut butter for this recipe. You can get away with some natural brands, but you want to avoid the brands of peanut butter that require a lot of stirring to incorporate the oil. Just pick up a jar of Jif and call it a day.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g