Peanut Blossom Cookies

If you were reading along with me last week, you know that I had one of my less than stellar moments as a parent.

While it all turned out all right in the end, it still left me feeling a little guilty. I wanted to do something special for my daughter so that she would know how sorry I was and just how much I loved her.

Ana loves cookies! The lick the beater, the bowl and the spatula kind of love! Just picking out which kind of cookie to bake is a labor of love for her.

This time, her heart settled quickly on Peanut Blossom Cookies because she thinks the little chocolate stars in the middle make them “extra special.” As since extra special was exactly how I wanted her to feel, here they are…

This particular recipe yields a light and very soft cookie, exactly the way that Ana likes them! Me too for that matter…

Peanut Blossom Cookies
Yields: About 4 dozen (unless you have problems rolling perfect 1” balls like I do)

½ c. shortening
¾ c. creamy peanut butter
⅓ c. granulated sugar
⅓ c. light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Extra granulated sugar for rolling (optional)
½ of a 12 oz. bag Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars*

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined, but do not over mix.

Shape dough into 1” balls. Roll balls in sugar, if desired. Place on ungreased cookies sheets.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately place a chocolate star on each cookie, pressing down so the cookie cracks. Cool 1-2 minutes and then remove to wire racks and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

*Notes: I’ve always used Brach’s Milk Chocolate Star candies because that’s what my mom used and I love the way they look, but if you can’t find them, feel free to substitute your favorite Hershey Kiss or even a Rolos.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented on Friday.  For some reason that was a really difficult piece for me to write, and I was really unsure when I clicked the Post button.  It seemed to resonate with so many of you though, and I’m truly grateful for all the kind words!

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  1. 1

    Those cookies look amazing! I am definitely going to bookmark this recipe! I am not a parent yet but I am a daughter and many times my mom said something that she regretted (and for that matter, I’ve said things too) but as I tell her, at the time you did the best you could and we are only human and nobody teaches us to be perfect, we are in this together learning along the way, falling and standing back up. Sometimes the hardest lesson in life is to forgive ourselves…

  2. 3

    Those stars really do make those cookies look more special. I am going to have to remember that next time the kids ask me to make them.

  3. 4

    they look adorable! mustav more than made up for last week :)

  4. 5

    This is exactly how I make my peanut blossoms….I call them Star of Bethlehem cookies for Christmas!! My kids love these, too…a sweet treat for your daughter :)

  5. 6

    Mmmmmmmm! These look delicious! Great post :)

  6. 7

    These look perfect, moist and chewy. Was your daughter impressed, I know that I am? Have a great day!

  7. 8

    These look delicious! And I love the start chocolates.

  8. 9

    Hy Jen, hope you’re over the guilt, not that there should have been any in the first place.
    I love peanut cookies. I must give these a try as the only ones I make are are my granny’s that i’ve been making OMG, for over 3 decades! I’ve got a to do list on Pinterest and will pin these, so I don’t forget! xx

  9. 11

    Those not-so-stellar moments happen. I have them often with my boys. They show us that we, too, are human, and very much not perfect!

    These are some of my all-time favorite cookies. Yours look beautiful!!

  10. 12

    I’ve never seen these milk chocolate stars but they make this classic look extra cute! I love a good peanut butter blossom, they make all things right. :) I’m sure your daughter LOVES that you cook to show that you’re sorry. I’m jealous! 😉

  11. 13

    Love these cookies! They have always been one of my favorites. I am sure your daughter loved them, and showed her just how much you care about her.

  12. 14

    Lovely post! And by lovely I meant it was filled with love to your daughter. In every word, in every cookie…

  13. 15

    I was wondering how you got the pretty swirls in your chocolate. I have never seen those before. Beautiful cookies. All mom’s make mistakes. Even though your not always perfect, no one is…the fact that you are still thinking about it shows all of your love!

  14. 16

    The cookies look perfect! Love the little stars.

  15. 17

    You’re a good Mom!! :) I’m glad you two found a way to kiss and make up. These cookies look wonderful. I love those chocolate stars… so cute! We all could learn a lesson about life from your post the other day… I’m standing at the head of the line. Have a great week! ~ Ramona

  16. 18

    These cookies are always a favorite in our house! And I bet your daughter felt extra special after you made them for her =)

  17. 19

    Your blossoms look pretty… and obviously delicious!

  18. 20

    I make these all the time. We absolutely love them. Beautiful pictures and excellent post!

  19. 21

    These would definitely do the trick…they look amazing!

  20. 22

    These are my all-time favorite cookies…they would have been my first choice too :) I’ve never seen them made with anything other than a Hershey kiss in the middle…I’ll definitely have to try this version!

  21. 23

    Jen…I have always loved these cookies! I can see why they are Ana’s favorites! Licking the bowl, the beater, and the spoons! She is definitely a girl after my own heart! I love the use of the stars instead of kisses….it just makes them look so pretty! I just read and commented on your post which lead to the baking of these cookies! I feel like I could use one of these right now….and a hug! : )

  22. 25

    Jen, these are sooooo amazing. My kids will love them, especially the star chocolate.

  23. 26

    These look delicious and the sugar sparkles so nicely – I’ve never seen them rolled in sugar before! Isn’t Pinterest SO much fun?

  24. 28

    Those peanut blossom cookies look fabulous! I think star looks even better than kiss.

  25. 29

    This star chocolates are going to be very helpful! I thought these cookies require chocolate cream (?) sqeezing from the bag (sorry I don’t know proper baking language!) which looks difficult as I don’t have a tool or experience. Now I know it’s the star chocolates!!! I am keeping this recipe. These cookies look classy and I love the gorgeous look!

  26. 31

    Ooh :) These cookies look amazing. They incorporate my two favorite things – anything sweet and peanut butter! I hope the wreath incident has blown over for both of you and I’m sure I would forgive you for many things if you’d bake me some of these :) Thanks for sharing!

  27. 33

    Awww you are such a good mom….and you did wonderful job making those cookies! Love the recipe and your photos! congrats on the top 9!!!!

  28. 35

    This cookies is sure will win every doughter out there :)
    Tq for sharing and congratz ont he Foodbuzz Top9 #1 today! u desserve it! 😉

  29. 37

    Congrats on your beautiful Top 9!!!

  30. 39

    Your peanut blossom cookies are the gorgeous, and food goes along way for forgiveness, I have always made my peanut blossoms with Hershey’s Kisses, Chocolate Stars were around a long time ago, and then they disappeared. Maybe I should look for them again.

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

    • 40

      Thanks Becky! I just recently started seeing them stocked in the regular candy aisle at both Wal-Mart and Publix hanging up by near where you would find bags of lifesavers.

  31. 41

    Mmmm, the bestest cookies! 😉 I didn’t know “blossom” cookies before coming to the United States, but I have been steadily decimating my share 😉 Looks great!

  32. 43

    Congrats on the Top 9! There isn’t anything better than peanut butter and chocolate!

  33. 45

    Congrats on making the top 9!

  34. 47

    These look great Jen! I love how they get those little cracks in them when they bake, always a sure sign to me that they’re soft & light! Congrats on the top 9 today!

  35. 49

    These will always be one of my favorites! I could eat a dozen right now 😀

  36. 50

    These are some excellent looking cookies! The kind I could inhale by the second…

  37. 51

    These look like the PB cookies from my childhood, but better–I like the swirl of chocolate frosting in the middle rather than a Hershey’s kiss.

  38. 52

    YUMMY :) I’m not a big fan of peanut butter but these look so pretty!!! I know my friends would love to try these! Congratulations for being Top 9!!!

  39. 54

    Love these cookies. Used to make them as a kid.

  40. 55

    Hi Jen: Would you please tell me what you use for shortening? Thank you.

  41. 57

    These look so good! My husband has been wanting peanut butter cookies of some sort, so these look like a winner! Congrats on Top 9 :-)

  42. 58

    These look really good…I love cookies with great gobs of chocolate! 😉
    Congrats on Top 9!

  43. 60

    That looks so mouth-watering, Jen :) Lovely cookies!

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