This is my take on the “Peanut Butter Blossoms” that are popularly made at Christmas time for cookie exchanges and such. This week is my kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day snack; next week will be my adult snack (though your children might enjoy it too). If you have a child allergic to peanut butter or if you desire to make these for a peanut-free/nut-free school investigate their policy on sunflower seed butter (which you can get at many national grocery stores, if you’re having trouble finding it check Trader Joe’s or your favorite “health food” store). Also wheat germ has a nutty taste so you could increase the wheat germ in your recipe by ¼ cup and reduce the flour but the same amount.
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1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat germ
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt (omit if you use salted butter)
½ cup sugar (plus extra (about ¼ cup) for coating balls
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, melted or room temperature
½ cup natural, organic creamy peanut butter*
1 egg (I get my eggs from a friend and neighbor, Angie)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 Hershey Kisses® candies, unwrapped
24 Hershey Hugs® candies, unwrapped
2. Shape dough into balls about the side of a whole walnut. Roll balls in extra white sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake at 375oF for about 10-12 minutes (or until golden brown).
4. After cookies are baked immediately press Hershey candies into tops firmly. Cookies may crack around the edges a little.
If you enjoy them fresh the chocolate will be a yummy goo. For storing allow chocolates to harden.
*If you don’t use a natural, organic don’t substitute with a low-fat peanut butter as it’s more crumbly and balling the cookies for cooking will be hard as the dough won’t come together easily and even when placing the candies at the end my cause unfixable braking of the cookies.
Cooking with Peanut Butter Tips:
– Warm the cup you’re using to measure the peanut butter for easy removal of the peanut butter; I run the faucet warm and let the water run into the cup.
– I like to purchase natural peanut butters (only containing peanuts and maybe salt). You have to stir these butters, but I buy in advance and invert the jar. The oil then runs to the bottom (which is currently the top) and allows the oil to become more evenly distributed through the peanut butter.
– To prepare your peanut butter jars for recycling fill the empty jar with water and allow to soak for at least half an hour. When your dishwasher is becoming full dump the peanut butter water down your sink and load jar into washer just like a drinking glass. The jar will come out clean without all of the waste of time and soap and water, and will save you some dish-pan hands.