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Grandma Pearl's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies (Linda O'Brien, KTUL Accounting)

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This recipe was 'inherited' from my Grandmother, Pearl Webb of Miami, OK.  My Grandmother was an awesome cook and her desserts (pies, cakes, cookies to name just a few) were legendary - inside and outside the family.  She loved to bake!


Ingredient List (My Grandmother always said to gather all the ingredients first, so here we go!)

1 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 Tbl milk

1 tsp vanilla

Hershey's chocolate kisses (My Grandma used regular chocolate kisses.  I prefer with almonds - yummy!)

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Sift together 1 3/4 flour, 1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt in a separate bowl and set aside (Grandma Webb probably sifted the dry ingredients, but I have to admit I skip that step (sorry Grandma) and it seems to turn out okay!)
  • Cream together 1/2 cup shortening, ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ cup brown sugar.
  • Add 1 egg, 2 Tbl milk and 1 tsp vanilla.
  • Blend in dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt).
  • Place bowl with cookie dough in the refrigerator for a few minutes (My Grandmother didn't mention this step but it makes the cookie dough easier to work with).
  • Take teaspoon (or small fruit scooper) and roll into a ball, then roll in sugar to coat.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and press candy kiss into each cookie until cookie cracks (That's straight from Grandma!).
  • Return to oven for 2 - 5 minutes (3 minutes works just fine - you don't want to overbake).

Linda's Tips:  I always freeze the candy kisses and unwrap them while the cookies are baking.  The kisses, when baked into the cookie, are just the right softness and melt in your mouth.  I have used both Peter Pan and Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter - both provide a great peanut butter flavor to the cookies.


Happy Baking!


Linda Webb O'Brien on behalf of my Grandmother, Pearl Webb.

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