we finally decided it was close enough to valentine's day to start cooking treats and decorating. we made up our favorite peanut blossom cookies and swapped the hershey's kiss with a dove chocolate heart, making it a festive treat perfect to take to gracie's teachers and around to neighbors (gracie could hardly sit still waiting to take a plate of cookies to her teacher, it was so sweet). we would have delivered more had matthew not inhaled nearly a dozen in an hour. the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to cool after taking them out of the oven…we couldn’t wait to eat them and ended up with chocolate everywhere. it was worth it.
** just a note- we received a silpat siliconecookie sheet liner for our wedding. it is by far one of my most favorite kitchen tools. i don’t need to grease pans, the bottom of my cookies never burn and it makes clean up simple (just handwash and roll for storage). i’m not the most frequent baker, but we’ve been married 4 ½ years and it’s still in perfect condition.
||i had to monitor the unwrapping of the chocolates to prevent an "eat one, unwrap one" method||
||maddie is a fan of cookies, and these ones passed her test||
valentine's peanut blossom cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar for decoration
2 bags dove milk chocolate hearts (we had extras left over)
1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. grease cookie sheets (or use a silpat liner)
2. in a large bowl, cream together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. beat in eggs one at a time, and stir in the milk and vanilla. combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture until well blended. shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in remaining white sugar. place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
3. bake 10-12 minutes in preheated oven. remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate heart into each cookie. allow to cool completely; the heart will harden as it cools. (this part can get a little messy if you do too much with them before the heart cools, i'd keep small hands away.)
**this made 4 dozen cookies...and we snuck a couple bites of cookie dough.