Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe

Make this peanut butter blossom cookie recipe for after-school snacks or dessert. Includes from-scratch method and a semi-homemade version.

I’m popping in very quickly today to share this Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe…just in case you need one more extra little thing to do. Ha! Seriously, these cookies are amazing and super quick to make. I’m including my sister-in-law’s recipe that I’ve had for years if you want to make them from scratch. If not…read on for a simplified version that’s just as good.

peanut butter blossom cookies on red plate

I made these cookies from scratch until a few years ago. I’m not even sure how I found out about the simplified method…but the honest truth is I will never make these cookies from scratch again. I use the Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie mix that comes in a red packet. You can find it next to the cake mixes. Just follow the package directions to mix up the dough. Once the dough is ready, pick up at No. 5 on the printable recipe below.

peanut butter blossom cookie recipe semi homemade from cookie mix

I’m telling the truth when I say that I cannot tell the difference between the scratch recipe and the mix. The mix cookies are just as chewy and taste like they’re chock-full of fresh peanut butter. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I even took a picture of the package!

peanut butter blossom cookie recipe red plate with milk in bottles

I’m getting ready to put together my made-from-the-kitchen gifts for our family and friends. I wanted one more sweet thing to add and these cookies were perfect. I packaged them in little cellophane bags and added a gift tag.

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peanut butter blossom cookie recipe packed in cello bags

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Here’s the Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe:

peanut butter blossom cookies on red plate

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Make this peanut butter blossom cookie recipe for after-school snacks or dessert. Includes from-scratch method and a semi-homemade version.

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Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed firmly
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sugar for rolling
  • 24 Hershey kisses


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or a mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream together both sugars, shortening, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix just until all is combined. Batter will be rather moist.
  • Using a small scoop, form balls of dough with the palms of your hands.
  • Roll dough balls in extra sugar.
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cookie sheet from the oven and place a Hershey kiss in the middle of each cookie. Return to oven and bake for 1 to 2 minutes more. Cookies should be lightly browned.
  • Cool completely. Wait at least 4 hours before packaging for gift giving. (It takes about that long for the Hershey kisses to set back up.)
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  1. I have always wanted to try the peanut blossoms. Now maybe I will. I love easy recipes!
    I always buy a bucket of premodern Toll House cookie dough at Sams warehouse every year for my
    Chocolate cookies! Easy, peasy and yet the real thing. My kids love them when they come home for the holidays. As you say, Ann, Simple is Best!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  2. Hi Ann, I’ve been making these cookies for about twenty five years now at Christmas time (my girls wouldn’t have it any other way!) and one thing that I do that ups the festiveness is I roll them in red and green (I blend the two in a small bowl) sugars rather than plain white. They really up the game, in my opinion.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Wonderful idea…thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing such beautiful (delicious) Christmas ideas Ann! Wondering where you got those cute little milk bottles and striped straws. Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sally! The milk bottles are vintage treasures from a local dairy that closed long ago. I found them at our antique mall. I have added links to the post for something similar and also the striped straws. Merry Christmas!

  4. Rosemary Shea says:

    In the process of making your peanut butter blossom cookies: easy and delicious. Thank you????

  5. Here’s a favorite hint… I make these cookies with Brach’s chocolate stars instead of the kisses. Why? 1. They taste better, 2. The wider, thinner star doesn’t give the eater such a hard bit of chocolate which usually falls off when trying to bite it in half, 3. No tedious little foils wrappers to deal with.

  6. Kay Shive says:

    Yum! Both cookie suggestions sound wonderful, Ann. But as a non-baker, the packaged mix sounds even “wonderful-er”. I think I may put some of the little individual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the center instead of the Kisses. Your milk bottles look so good with the cookies. The other day I was in my local Target and in their $ section ($1 and up) there was a red metal milk bottle holder with handle that would more than likely hold the same size bottles as yours . . .
    Christmas Blessings to you and your family, Ann.

  7. My nieces and I bake these every year. They’re a family favorite!

  8. My family loves these & I’m running out of time,thanks.Merry Christmas to you and your family ????????

  9. My mom would make these cookies every Christmas…

  10. Kathleen G says:

    I love the presentation of the cookies. The little extra wrapping makes it more special. Also the little milk bottles for the milk too. I just made cream cheese cookies ( you use a cake mix ) from an old Betty Crocker cook book. Easy! But oh so delicious:)
    Why not, right?. Have to say though, I always make my choc chip cookies from scratch, the Tollhouse ones.
    Have a nice day, Kathleen in Az

  11. Well, I, for one, needed one more thing to do, Ann. NOT!! :-)

    A sweet memory came to mind, though, as I read this: When my kids were in early elementary school, Daddy would sometimes go on a business trip for a day or two. He was barely out the door and we were in the kitchen making peanut butter cookies cuz Daddy didn’t like ’em. 25 years later, my dear hubby is still in the camp that doesn’t like peanut butter cookies. More for me!

    Christmas blessings to you and yours, dear Ann!

  12. You know the saying, “we eat with our eyes first”? Well, you took ordinary cookies and made them look adorable with your packaging. Great job! Put it on my Pinterest page immediately. Thank you!

  13. Vonda Laffey says:

    Thank you for the English Muffin Bread recipe…I have a pyrex loaf pan and the only thing I’ve successfully made in it is a meatloaf. :-) It’s great to know you feel your mother’s presence when you make it! Merry Christmas, Anne!

  14. Barbara Kemp says:


    I always think a bit of homemade, anything, is always well received. Your details and photos always a delight to the eye.

    Thank you

  15. Terry Nyenhuis says:

    Sweet Anne,
    You always give the most practical, “high end looking”, “doable” ideas ever!!!
    My daughter and I are totally doing the Betty Crocker mix way of making these cookies today! Perfect to go along with some baking for her husbands co-workers!
    Thank you for all your wonderful, creative ideas – that actually get done – not just pinned!
    Have a Blessed Christmas!

  16. Nadia @ Adventures in Wonderlab says:

    I have made these peanut butter blossoms for years – they are my hubby’s favorite, and I make them for his birthday. I have always used a recipe that calls for Bisquick, condensed sweetened milk, and peanut butter (I think eggs and vanilla are the only other ingredients…). Now I am curious about your sister-in-laws version! They are all delicious, I have no doubt.