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

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 1/2 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, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 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.