Fall Peanut Butter Blossoms

I made peanut butter blossom cookies today.  This is one of Chuck’s favorite cookies! Here is how I made them:

First, I need to share the super easy recipe that I used.  The recipe is already doubled, so it makes about 6 1/2 dozen cookies.  I suppose you could halve it, but why would you only want 3 dozen cookies when you could have more than that?

Today I used butter-flavored shortening because it keeps the cookies softer and because I used a peanut butter that tends to keep recipes a little drier.  This peanut butter is made and sold locally and contains one ingredient: roasted peanuts.

The dough comes together nicely and you can just make regular peanut butter cookies (the kind that you smash with a fork), but I found fall nonpareils so my cookies had to be a bit fancier.  I used a 1 T. scoop to portion control the dough.  I like when my cookies are all the same size.  Then I rolled each scoop of dough into a ball and coated each ball with colored sanding sugar or sprinkles.    I smash the dough a little bit when I put it on the tray.

After baking, I pushed a nonpareil into the center of each cookie before I moved the cookies to the cooling rack.

Some interesting notes about these cookies:

  • Normally you make these cookies with Hershey’s Kisses.  These are delicious, but require tedious unwrapping and they fall off of the cookies in storage.  The nonpareil candies are flat, so they don’t fall off the cookie when you take a bite.
  • I grew up in a farmhouse in the country, so mice were an occasional seasonal nuisance.  If Mom found mouse droppings, she simply closed the cats up in that room overnight.  My brother Jon and I decided that chocolate jimmies looked like mouse droppings, so we salted the counters with them, thinking our prank on Mom was hilarious.  I still think of chocolate jimmies as “mouse turd sprinkles” in my head.
  • I’m sorry if you can no longer eat chocolate jimmies.  They are my favorite kind of sprinkle.
  • I buy sprinkles and sanding sugar at bulk food stores.  I have an unhealthy collection of various sprinkles and sugars.  Is there something you can’t resist buying when you see it?
  • I used baking stones instead of cookie sheets.  I have a convection oven, so I don’t need to alter the baking time, but if you use baking stones and do not have a convection oven, the baking time will increase.

“Do these have tuna in them?”

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