CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS


Soft, chewy peanut-buttery cookies, rolled in sugar and topped with a Hershey kiss ~ a cookie both sweet and salty.  In other words, Peanut Butter Blossoms!




Blossom cookies debuted at the ninth Pillsbury Bake-Off and have been a classic Christmas cookie since then. In my way of thinking, they’re a good thing to bake any time of the year!

The cookie happened by accident:  So the story goes, Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio, attempted to bake a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and while combining the dough ingredients, discovered she had no chocolate chips in the cupboard.

 
Freda Smith


However, she did have a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. She proceeded with her cookie dough and baked them as is, pulled them out of the oven, and plopped a kiss in the middle of each hot cookie, thus Peanut Butter Blossoms were born...

Freda entered her blossoms in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1956, held in the Beverly Hills Hotel, with a young Illinois-born actor emceeing the event, our future President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

Mrs. Smith’s Peanut Butter Blossoms came in third place winning her a General Electric range, a mixer and $100 cash.

Freda lost to Berkley, CA resident, Gerda Roderer's, Accordion Treats, an Alsatian-type cookie, which won the grand prize of $25,000.  Gerda's cookie gets its distinctive shape by being baked in pleated sheets of aluminum foil.  No peanut butter in her cookies, just butter, vanilla, sugar, and flour, nothing extraordinary in Gerda's cookies. 


Gerda Roderer's Accordion Treats


I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of "accordion treats,” while most of us are familiar with Smith’s Peanut Butter Blossoms, which became very popular with cookie lovers around the world ~ they have been gracing many a cookie tray, and showing up at bake sales, reunions and parties all over the country!

It took years for Mrs. Smith’s cookie to gain its deserved recognition.  The cookie was inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame in 1999, when Pillsbury named her Peanut Butter Blossoms one of the most treasured recipes in the company’s history. 


My Blossoms rolled and ready


It was later recognized in the Bake-Off Hall of Fame within the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  

 
My mouthwatering Blossoms


Unfortunately, Mrs. Smith passed away in 1963 without seeing her cookie honored.  Her posthumous award was accepted by her daughter, Jo Anne Smith, at the ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Bless you, Freda Smith, for your cookie-cult classic!





They’re incredibly marvelous for those of us who love peanut butter the way I do!




Yield: 84 cookies
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PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

The classic cookie, soft chewy peanut butter cookie, rolled in sugar and topped with a Hershey kiss. This recipe makes a lot!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup shortening ( I use Crisco Butter Flavor)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup white sugar for rolling
  • 2 (9-ounces) bags Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses, (about 84), unwrapped

instructions:

How to cook PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, stir in milk and vanilla.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into wet mixture until well blended.
  6. Shape a tablespoon of dough into balls, and roll in remaining white sugar.
  7. Place cookies 2” apart on cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and press a chocolate kiss into each cookie.
  10. Transfer to racks to cool completely, the kiss will harden as it cools.
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Enjoy!


38 comments:

  1. I need to get some blossoms to bake these! They are definitely a must for the cookie tray :-))

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  2. They're so good, Angie! Thanks and have a good week!

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  3. Pam, Your peanut butter blossoms look great! Love peanut butter and chocolate so these can't miss. My better half and our neighbor just baked cookies together...thumbprint with jam and traditional cookie cutter cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Tis the season, Dave! Lots of baking going on her too. I love thumbprint cookies! Thanks, and have a good week!

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  4. Good stuff! I and all my co-workers thank you for all your hard work!

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    1. Thanks, Son! It is my pleasure, glad they liked them! Love

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  5. what a great cookie and story Merry Christmas my friend!

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks esp to you for through the years! Merry Christmas my friend! Hugs

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  6. The best things in the kitchen happen by...accident. Freda Smith is no exception.
    The kisses of these cookies look terrific!

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    1. You're so right, Duta! Good things happen. Thanks!

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  7. Your peanut butter blossoms are picture perfect. I'd love one right now, with a cup of coffee. Actually, I'd love more than one.

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    1. Buttercup, wish I could pass them over to you now. They're great with coffee. Thanks!

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  8. So so cute, I would love to have a try right now!

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  9. Pam, that's one of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies. Great story, I've never heard of accordion treats either. I'll have to study that one. Have a very Merry Christmas over your way.

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    1. Hi Ron! Guess the accordion treats would be good but it takes a little more effort to make them maybe, You have a very Merry Christmas too!

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  10. That does indeed sound wonderful -- peanut butter and chocolate! I loved your history lesson: Who knew that these were only a runner-up to a totally forgotten winner? I don't think I have left enough time to bake a single cookie this year (but I did buy 4 packages of Trader Joe's peppermint Jo-Jos!)

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! Those peppermint cookies are great! PB and chocolate is great too!

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  11. We both eat absolutley anything that is food except peanut butter!! Strange that we both hate it. Have a good Christmas, cheers Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! Kind of funny/strange with the both of you! I know people that detest it, and wouldn't eat this cookie for anything. I love PB though and eat it on a slice of toast most mornings. Cheers to you

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  12. Thanks for the history lesson. As I was reading, I thought the same thing--never heard of the accordion cookies and what a pain they sound to make. Love the blossoms though. They seem to show up during the holidays.

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    1. You're welcome, Debra! Those cookies would be a pain for sure, they must be delicious to go through all that work of making them. Have a good rest of the week!

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  13. Wow, I wish I have a jarful right now! Looks yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! They're really good, sweet and salty!

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  14. Wow, this brings back memories! One of the classic cookies of my youth. Fun recipe -- thanks. And Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, John! Yes, a blast from the past! Happy Holidays!

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  15. What an interesting story, Pam! Thanks for the history of one of the most beloved Christmas cookies ever! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Freda did a good thing. Merry Christmas!

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  16. Wow, I love the story behind these cookies. Good on Freda Smith. These cookies sound delicious.

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  17. You sure have been baking up a storm.

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    1. Yes, I did, a ton of cookies and they're all gone now! Happy New Year!

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