~chocolate kiss peanut blossoms~
I've never known what these cookies were called - but yesterday I went through my Mother's Christmas cookie recipes, and found this one. I'd never made them myself, and in my own silly cookie snobbery, I had always thought of them as a boring cookie choice. But today, when a friend came over and we spent an entire Monday baking - I found myself gravitating towards all of the cookies of my childhood, somehow thinking that making them would make my Mother smile, wherever she is. So there are now gingerbread men, pecan tarts, those $250 Neiman Marcus oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies (remember that recipe?), date-filled wontons - and bags filled with baked praline popcorn crunch covering the kitchen counters. The coconut balls, that is the coconut part, needs to chill overnight - so coating them in chocolate is something I'll save for another night. My Father called me today -I think because he knew that my kitchen was busy, that there were dishes in the sink that needed washing and that there was flour spilled on the floor and hot cookies just out of the oven, and that always - always there was one that was accidentally damaged as it came off the spatula - and he was imagining what they might taste like, and if they would taste the same as they did before his wife died of lung cancer.
What is it about these tastes and smells from our childhood?
1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 egg, 2 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1-1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, additional granulated sugar, chocolate kisses
Heat oven to 375F. Beat butter and peanut butter in a large bowl until well-blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar, beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla, beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, and gradually add to peanut butter mixture, beating until well-blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Place chocolate kiss onto cookie, pressing down lightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.