Peanut Butter Cookies with a Hug – Weekend Cooking

Posted 5 November, 2010 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 23 Comments

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Must be my maternal instincts kicking in…or just my sweet tooth, but I’ve been in the baking mood recently.  After pondering on Twitter if chunky peanut butter would make good cookies and getting a resounding Yes!, I just had to make these cookies–a family favorite.  I’m sure it’s a common recipe, but this one came from Mom.  Of course Hersey Kisses are the more common choice for these, but white chocolate sounded more tempting.

Peanut Butter Cookies with a Hug

1 cup butter or shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
3 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 10 oz bag of Hershey kisses
Preheat oven to 375º.

In a mixing bowl, smooth together the shortening, peanut butter, sugars, eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Once shortening mixture is smooth, slowly add the flour mixture.  Don’t overmix!

Roll mixture into tablespoon sized balls. Roll each ball into a bowl of sugar to coat evenly. Cook for 10-12 minutes.  Take out of oven when still soft.

After removing the cookies from the oven, press a Hershey kiss into the center of each cookie before removing cookies from the cookie sheet.  Immediately move to cooling rack.

Makes 5-6 dozen

As soon as these came out of the oven, Scott and my brother Nick kept begging for more.  I think there were some full tummies after I baked these!  The left overs came up to work.

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23 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookies with a Hug – Weekend Cooking”

  1. These cookies are one of my favorites! I’ve never made them with Hugs, though, only Kisses. Mmmmm, I want to go make a batch right now!

  2. I was lucky enough to have some of your yummy cookies, and they were as good as they were beautiful to look at!

  3. Get all of your cooking/baking in while you can because your time will soon be consumed with loving a baby too much.

    I am just starting to get myself back into the routine of cooking regular meals for dinner. 20 months later.

    My list of things to accomplish continues to grow.

  4. Ha! I never do well baking these because I NEED to eat them when they come out of the oven and are all warm and gooey, and then there end up being maybe TEN left out of the gazillion that I bake. I’ve never made them with Hugs instead of Kisses, but of course that seems like an experiment worth conducting! :–)

  5. My grandma always makes these for our get-togethers, except with creamy PB and regular chocolate kisses. What kind of kisses are those?

  6. *Erin – I usually make with kisses too, but the hugs were a nice change!

    *Bermuda – They are. ;)

    *Kate – I’m glad you enjoyed them! They were yummy, huh?

    *Alitareads – Aren’t PB cookies delicious!?

    *Brooke – Stop ruining all my plans for the future. :P Maybe when I need a kick YOU can just bake for me? ;)

    *Rhapsody – Usually by the time the cookies come out of the oven I have a huge stomach ache from eating too much dough. ;) These are good right out of the oven, though, when the chocolate is still melty!

    *Amanda – They’re Hugs! Hugs are white chocolate. I usually make with smooth, too, but didn’t have any in the pantry. Couldn’t really tell these were chunky.

    *Michelle – Your girls would have so much fun putting the hugs on these cookies! You should make them!

    *Charley – Don’t they look too good to eat? Well, almost. ;)

    *Steph – If you like to bake these are a great one to try!

    *Stephanie – I hadn’t baked in about a year but now I think about it all the time. When I’m not too tired anyway!

    *Chris – Make them!! They’re easy–Scott actually made the dough while I was cooking dinner. Easy peasy.

  7. The last time I tried to make peanut butter cookies it was a burnt disaster! Maybe I’ll try again with your recipe. They look delish :)

  8. Meg

    These are my absolute favorite kind of cookie. My mom used to make them each year at Christmas, but now I’ve taken over the cookie-baking duties. :) I’m drooling right now!

  9. My son loves these, and I haven’t made them in so long. Because, you know what happens if I make them? I eat them! Still, they’d be a great treat for him so thanks for the reminder and the fresh new recipe.

  10. Sorry for the late response guys!

    *Melody – If you made these guys right now, you could have them! ;) Too bad it isn’t feasible to mail them across the world to you—or I would!

    *Beth F – Aren’t the Hersey hugs a nice difference? Though regular kisses are good too—of course.

    *Rose City Reader – Isn’t fall the perfect time to bake? Especially when the house is a little chilly and the oven can warm the room?

    *TopherGL – I do not recommend cookies as a substitute for food. Especially for grad students. Tummy ache… :P

    *Mary – My family is half and half on the peanut butter—some just don’t like them (which I cannot understand!).

    *Jenny Girl -Oh no! You have to watch these in the oven—take them out even when they still look a bit doughy. Otherwise they’ll get hard. Sorry your batch burned on you. Hate that!

    *Meg – Guess these will be on your Christmas baking list this year, huh? I also like the peanut butter cookies with a Reeses in the center—have you had those? Mmmmm!

    *Bellezza – Is Daniel still at home? If not, make a batch and immediately send them off to him. Out of sight, out of mind. Plus, he’ll love them—I loved when my mom sent me cookies in the mail (surprising how they keep!).