Sigh. Is the busyness of the holidays catching up with anyone else? I’m feeling exhausted as I write this, and the mental list of things I need to do before heading to my parents is causing a bit-o-anxiety.
I had a thumbprint for dessert. It didn’t bring me inner peace…. but it was tasty.
Anyways, you aren’t here to listen to me complain- you are here for recipes!!!
Yesterday I posted a new cookie recipe I added to my arsenal; today, I’m going back to a traditional family one. These thumbprints have the right amount of peanut butter and a chewy, yet melt in your mouth texture. I find some p.b cookies to be dry and have a weird, crumbly mouth-feel that is off putting. Don’t worry about that here, just worry about how many ‘extra’ Hershey Kisses you’ll be popping while mixing up the dough. I recommend not skipping the step of rolling the dough in sugar. This makes the cookies a little sparkly and contributes to the pleasant texture. Just some friendly advice 😉
Peanut Butter Thumbprints
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 18-24 unwrapped Hershey kisses
- small bowl of white sugar for rolling dough
Preheat oven to 375°. In an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes. Add in peanut butter, egg and vanilla and continue beating on medium speed for another 3 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. With the mixer running on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients to the wet.
Using a small spoon, scoop out dough and roll into 1 1/2 inch (or so) balls. Roll the balls in the white sugar, then place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-7 minutes, until the cookies are lightly cracked on top. 1 or 2 minutes into baking, quickly remove the cookies from the oven and gently press down a Hershey Kiss on each, put back in the oven and finish baking.
Question of the Day: How do you cope with holiday stress?