It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them! Peanut Butter Blossoms have been a staple in our family Christmas for as long as I can remember. Last year I decided to put a little twist on them and holiday them up. By that I mean making them red (aka red velvet) and using Hershey’s Hugs instead of Kisses because, they look prettier and well I just think they are better. :p
They just scream Christmas don’t they? Love the chewy chocolatey/peanut buttery cookie covered in sugar and of course the “hug” on top! All types of yumminess going on. And that is exactly why I had to revisit my Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms w/ Hugs recipe!
The super for my building will get these with his gift this year, lucky fella! Hopefully him & his family can enjoy them and maybe make them a tradition of their own!
1 bag Hershey’s Hugs
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons half n half
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons red color
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Beat shortening and peanut butter in a stand mixer until well blended. Add 1 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and red food coloring and beat well, scraping down sides of the bowl. Stir together cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt and gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes. In the mean time remove the wrappers from the Hugs. Immediately press a Hug into the center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
Yields about 4 dozen cookies.
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