Mini Peanut Butter Blossoms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 23rd, 2019 | Desserts, Recipes
A cookie delivered in mini muffin form

Mini Peanut Butter Blossoms

A cookie delivered in mini muffin form
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate peanut butter, mini muffin pan, peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate cookies, peanut butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 48 Hershey kisses

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars with paddle attachment on speed 2 of stand mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Add egg, and beat until combined.
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • Add baking soda, salt, and flour, and stir until combined.
  • Scoop heaping teaspoons of batter and place in cups; press gently to flatten. (Mini muffin cup should be about 1/2 full.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  • During this time unwrap Kisses.
  • After 5 minutes, firmly press 1 kiss into the center of each cookie.
  • Allow to cool for another 5 minutes
  • Using a butter knife, gently remove cookies from baking pan and transfer to cooling rack.

Notes

The cookies will need at least an hour for the chocolate to harden by cooling on the counter. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator.
Don’t worry if the centers sink in the first 5 minutes of cooling- they create perfect placement for the chocolate!

Much like Tuesday’s recipe, this was created as a sweet treat that would ship nicely. I am fully in the throes of empty nester-hood, as my younger is in college and my older graduated from college a year ago. As such, he’s working in his field about 2,000 miles from home. Even though he’s an adult, I like to mail homemade care packages once in a while.

I’ve been thinking about these empty nester things a bit more lately. My son is an independent adult. He rents a home with two friends, has a full-time job, bills, and all the excitement that comes with adulthood. He even is a solid cook, who enjoys trying new recipes. He’s not much into baking, which is why I still send treats.

Of course, I know at some point, he will either take up baking or he will have someone in his life who wants to bake for him. At that point, I won’t mail care packages of treats, as there will be someone else in that role. And I won’t be sad about it.

I hear from so many people how they lament these changes, but it’s not how I view it. Sure, I have loved baking for him (and my other children), but it’s the normal progression. It’s not that I’m being replaced; it’s just the movement of time.

Does that mean that I don’t miss him? Of course not. It just means that I accept these changes. My general thought on parenting has always been that I need to raise my children so that they can be independent adults. Along with that comes many things, including significant others making the cookies instead of me.

So, as I made this batch of cookies and got them ready to ship halfway across the country, I thought about my son and all he’s accomplished thus far. See, this particular batch was sent as a congratulations. Separated by many miles, with or without cookies, I know that I’ve done my job (with all of the imperfections), and now he’s doing his.

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