Sparkle Sparkle!

Wow, this month really got away from me. I can’t believe it’s nearly December!

Peanut Blossoms - Close upEver since Sugar High Friday ‘All that Glitters‘ was announced, I knew I wanted to participate, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  These Peanut Blossom cookies are so simple but so tasty, and are a popular treat during the holidays.  I mean really, what’s not to love?  Peanuts, hershey’s kisses and a sprinkle of sparkly sugar on top.  Yum!

For the dough I used Anna Olson’s ‘Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie‘ recipe, which I’ll copy below.  My modifications in order to make Peanut Blossoms are noted.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie

Yield: 24
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cream together butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla and stir in peanut butter.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and blend in.

To make these cookies sparkle, roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll each ball in some sugar. I recommend using fruit sugar, as it coats very nicely, but use whatever kind you like! Then, place dough balls on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cookies just start to colour around the edges. Remove from pan immediately onto a cooling rack. While cookies are still hot, gentle press a hershey’s kiss into each one.

Peanut Blossoms

Thanks to Susan for hosting this month, and of course to Jennifer who started the whole Sugar High.

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