Do you remember when you were a child how thrilling it was to have a snow day knowing that you could have the entire day for sledding, snowman creating, snowball fights? Well for those of you who do not know, those of us who are teachers get every bit as excited! For me, a snow day is like an unexpected gift! Where we live it doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it is a special occasion.
Today, school was let out an hour early due to the impending snow and ice. Once we were all safely home, the kids were running through the snow with the dog, making a few snowballs, and drinking hot chocolate. By around 6:00 pm, the announcement was made that tomorrow would be another day out of school. Yippee!! While the kids may be thinking about playing in the snow, I am thinking cookies and hot chocolate! Not for me of course, for those precious children out burning all those calories in the snow, (cough, cough)! 🙂
Here is my recipe for Peanut Blossom cookies. These were cookies that my mother made for many years and have been a favorite of my husband. I usually double the recipe as listed below. These cookies freeze well after being baked, but my preference is to freeze the unbaked dough balls. Then when ready to eat, just thaw and bake. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I mean as much as my children did! 🙂
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar (plus extra for rolling dough)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Hershey Kisses candy
Mix all ingredients on lowest speed of mixer until dough forms.
Shape dough into balls
Roll balls into sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes.
Top each cookie immediately with a chocolate kiss.
Press down firmly so that each cookie cracks around the edge.