Hello, fellow Christmas lovers!
Fall weather makes me crave sugar! So, today I am sharing my very special Elf Kiss Cookie recipe. If you like Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Blossom Cookies, you will love these sweet little bites. Be sure to read after the recipe to get our toddler friendly version of the recipe that is perfect for small hands and small attention spans. In other words, elf friendly, too!
Now, here is my secret to baking cookies that are just right for an elf’s small mouth. …….
I made the Peanut Blossom Cookies smaller! Shocking, I know.
AAAANNNND, I used chocolate chips instead of Hershey Kisses for the center. It’s mind blowing. It’s, also, what happens when you forget to buy Hershey Kisses.
FYI: These are a fun way to tempt dieters.
S’more’s Elf Kiss Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 Tblsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz bag of Hershey Kisses or chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cream shortening and peanut butter with sugars. Then, add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix.
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir and mix to incorporate.
- Roll a thumb size of dough into a ball for Elf Kisses. Roll into 1 inch balls for Peanut Blossoms.
- Roll balls of dough in extra sugar and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake 5-6 minutes for Elf Kisses or 8-10 minutes for Peanut Blossoms.
- Press chocolate chips into hot cookies for the Elf Kisses. Use Hershey Kisses for Peanut Blossoms.
Now, enjoy those delicious cookies! I recommend making a mixture of Elf Kisses and Peanut Blossoms and Regular Peanut Butter Cookies from the same batch of dough. The Peanut Butter Cookies don’t need to be rolled in sugar, but the balls of dough do need to be pressed flat with a fork before baking.
Here is my secret confession: I cannot tear parchment paper straight. Shameful! Please, notice my handiwork above.
You can turn the Elf Kiss Cookies into Reindeer, too! BUT, it’s very difficult to break a mini pretzel in half without it crumbling everywhere! They, also, didn’t want to stay on the cookie. We might have needed to act faster to press them on. Check it out! A little bit of red decorator gel or a red M&M make them into Rudolf!
Now, time for our….
Super Kid Friendly Peanut Blossom Cookie Recipe!
1 package Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
Eggs, oil, and water per mix instructions
8 oz package Hershey Kisses
- Adult preheats the oven per instructions on Cookie Mix.
- Adult measures ingredients while child pours them into the bowl.
- Child mixes the dough!
- Even toddlers can roll the dough in their palms, roll the balls in a small bowl of sugar, and place on a cookie sheet.
- Have the child count the cookies.
- The adult puts the cookie sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Have the child count out the same number of kisses as there are cookies and unwrap them from the foil.
- When the cookies come out of the oven, your child can carefully push a kiss into the center of each warm cookie.
- Everybody says, “VOILA!”
Now, let’s all enjoy our favorite part! EATING THE COOKIES!
Speaking of Peanut Butter and Peanut Blossom cookies, did you know that there is a lot of meaning behind the Peanut Ornament?
Peanuts symbolize mystery since their shells completely hide their contents. Called “treasures beneath the ground,” nuts are also associated with wisdom because their contents are compact, sustaining, and enclosed with a single shell. Long ago peanuts were wrapped in gold or silver foil and used as Christmas tree ornaments.
Hope to see you soon. Remember, we have lots of sweet decorations that are perfect for your kitchen!
~S’more the Elf
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