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When It Snows…

December 13, 2010

…ain’t it thrilling, though your nose gets a chilling, we’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, walking in a winter wonderland! Chicago received lots of wintery goodness these last few days – freezing temps, blistering wind, several inches of snow! We spent the weekend visiting with friends and family, finishing up our Christmas shopping, making cookies, eating cookies (see one of my favorite cookie recipes below), wrapping gifts…    


The Container Store has lots of great gift wrapping and packaging options:

Snowmen Faces Gift Wrap Light Up the Holiday Recycled Gift Wrap Mugs of Merriment Gift Wrap Holly Swirl Gift Wrap Arctic Friends Gift Wrap 

Snow Animals Circular Gift Tags Santa Fold Gift Tags Rudolph Gift Tags Christmas Tree with Pom Pom Gift Tags Ho3 Gift Tags

Our Signature Red & White Stripes Gable Gift Boxes Holiday Stripe Rectangular Cookie Boxes Kit Cotton Gift Totes Winter Trees Recycled Gift Tote Snowman Bottle Tote

Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookie Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Makes about 4 dozen cookies


  • 48 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup Reese’s 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


Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
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.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
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. YUM!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:25 pm

    I made these cookies last year. However, one thing I have learned from making these is not to put the kisses immediately into the cookie because then they start melting and loose their shape. Have you had this happen before? I might use this for my school cookie exchange. Now I don’t have to go through all of my cookie recipes and pick one. Thanks!

    • December 20, 2010 12:48 pm

      Yes, this has happened to me too, unfortunately. Are you going to share those cookies from the cookie exchange?

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