Peanut Mini-Blossom Cookies

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Peanut Mini-Blossom Cookies
Source: Joy of Baking

Instead of having a chocolate kiss pressed into the center, these cookies have a large chocolate chip pressed into the center (hence, mini-blossoms). The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is quite delicious ☺ Of course, you can feel free to follow the original recipe, which uses regular-sized kisses.

Makes about: 60 tiny cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter
¾ cups peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar (for coating—optional)
48 unwrapped chocolate kisses (I used 60 chocolate chips)

Special equipment
Baking pans

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking pans by lining with parchment paper or by greasing.
2. Cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.
3. Add in brown sugar, sugar, and egg. Blend until smooth.
4. Stir in vanilla and milk and mix until well combined.
5. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until fully combined.
6. Using your hands, form the dough into small balls. Roll in sugar if desired, and place on baking pans.
7. If using semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can press the chocolate chips into the center of the cookies before baking. If you are using the chocolate kisses, you should first bake the cookies, then press in the chocolate kisses. This is so that the chocolate will not blister or melt while in the oven.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. If using chocolate kisses, gently press the chocolate into the soft cookie.

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Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

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Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Rich, peanut butter chocolate chip bar cookies—perfect for the peanut lover!

Makes about: 24
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
½ tsp salt

equipment
9×13 pan lined with parchment paper

directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cream butter until smooth (using a fork, hand mixer, or your hands).
3. Stir in peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
4. Mix in sugar.
5. Beat in eggs.
6. Add vanilla.
7. Stir in flour and salt.
8. Mix in chocolate chips.
9. Scrape into prepared pan and make sure it’s evenly distributed.
10. Bake 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

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