I have to admit, I love a biscuit. Who doesn't?? Shortbread biscuits with a cuppa tea, chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk, no matter your tastes there is almost always a cookie out there to satisfy. I love Christmas cookies especially - they're often extra festive, extra sparkly, extra decorated - basically the blingiest of biscuits :)
When it comes to choosing my *favorite* Christmas cookie, I struggle (much like choosing any favorite - I just can't do it!). I love cutouts, because they're so pretty and decorative - and buttery...yum. And I love my mom's Italian cookies (I think they're my grandma's actually..?) which are really simple and plain drop cookies, topped with a delicious plop of soft sugary icing that is always hued in pretty pastels. I haven't had those in a long time. But when picking my favorite to eat AND bake myself, I have to come back to Peanut Butter Blossoms! They're delicious, in my favorite combo of pb and choccy, and ridiculously EASY. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
The card in my mom's recipe box is worn to pieces because she's made them so much. They are a lot of people's favorite, so it's a great win for everyone when she bakes them. And because they're easy, even when I couldn't really bake properly, I could manage them! Here's the recipe:
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 3/4 c. smooth peanut butter
- 2 c. biscuit baking mix (Mom & I use Bisquick)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Granulated sugar, for rolling
- Hershey's kisses
Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C.
Beat condensed milk and peanut butter in large bowl until smooth. Add biscuit mix and vanilla, mix well. (I find it easiest to do this bit by bit.) Dough will be very thick. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes* or until lightly browned.
While cookies bake, unwrap enough Hershey's kisses for one to top each cookie and set aside.
When lightly browned, remove from oven. Immediately, gently press one kiss into the center of each cookie and push down slightly until the kiss is secured. Take care not to press all the way down! You want them to look slightly cracked but not to fall apart. Cool.
Store lightly covered at room temperature.
*I find I end up baking them closer to 10-11 minutes, but it depends on the size of the balls you make. I make mine slightly larger because I love the peanut butter flavor; I've had them where the cookie part is only slightly bigger than the Hershey's kiss! All down to personal taste, really. Also, you might find the chocolate is very soft for a while after the cookie has cooled. I'd store them in single layers until the kisses harden again; then it's fine to store them in layers.
My Wednesday Wish today is that I finish the rest of the kitchen unpacking today and tomorrow so that I can DO some Christmas baking in the new house before the holidays! :) What are you wishing for this week? Is it holidays related?