Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm pretty sure growing up whenever I saw these cookies at a bake sale, they were my go to cookie! My mom never made them for us, but she was really just a brownie baker. But, my friends moms made them and they were ALWAYS amazing! Then yesterday when I was reading December's issue of Parents magazine (don't judge me, I like it), I saw a recipe for these cookies and got super excited to know the magic behind them. However, in the magazine, it just called for a peanut butter cookie mix, but I decided to use the recipe from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook because that was the recipe my grandma always made and it's what I'm used to and grew up on. Can't change tradition!
Wahoo! Didn't even have to edit this one!
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 package Hershey Kisses

In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookies by making crisscross marks with fork tines, dipping fork in sugar between flattening each cookie. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Pull out of oven and immediately press one Hershey Kiss into the center and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

Makes about 3 dozen.


  1. This looks so good!!

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  2. reading the recipe I thought the directions seemed off somehow. I feared "Flatten the cookies by making criscross mark with fork tines, dipping in sugar between flattening each cookie". Maybe cut and pasted from original peanut butter cookies. Very disappointed in the large flat cookies. Hershey web site made a bit more sense, rolling into a 1 inch ball and rolling in sugar, similar to snickerdoodles. If I misread, I apologize but...

    1. I thought that part was a little weird too so I’m glad I read this cause I think I’m gonna skip that step and just roll them in sugar like usual lol.

  3. It was a great recipe! My grandchild and I made them together and they were great! I highly recommend it.