Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!
That means two things:
a) you’ll be needing some cookies, and
b) those cookies should be these delicious and easy peanut butter blossoms!
I’m excited to spend the afternoon in my kids’ classes today. They both used these Donut Valentine’s Day Bookmarks, Owl Valentine’s Day Bookmarks, and Video Game Valentine’s Day Card, and each is attached to a coordinating eraser.
So fun! These and more printables are in my Urban Bliss shop if you still need some last minute Valentine’s Day ideas!
Back to the cookies. There are a ton of fancy cookie recipes I could share today, but today, on this day before Valentine’s Day, you’re going to want the tried-and-true. A classic, easy peanut butter blossoms recipe that has and will stand the test of time. And that you can whip up together using mostly ingredients already in your pantry.
Friends, this is my kind of cookie recipe. I’m not a fancy gal, I just like GOOD food. And if you do too, I am betting that you are going to love these cookies!
Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms
While I am still steering clear of refined sugars and grains, I still love making these for friends and family. I’ve included some dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free options below. Obviously, this is one recipe that cannot be nut-free; I definitely do not make these when I know my adorable nephew who is allergic to peanuts is coming over.
But my kids LOVE these, just as I loved them as a kid. I have been making them for years, and I can vouch that this particular recipe has been putting smiles on kids’ (and adults’!) faces for a couple of decades now.
These peanut butter blossoms are super easy to make, and my kids love helping to make them because they get to help shape them into balls and then pressing the chocolate candy into the centers as soon as they are out of the oven :)
If you’re looking for a great cookie recipe to make for Valentine’s Day — or any day — this is it. They make great gifts if you put them into cellophane bags and wrap up with bows. So simple, so adorable, so delicious!
If you are dairy-free like me, I have included some DF options, such as substituting coconut milk for 1% milk, and using Enjoy Life dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips instead of the standard milk chocolate candy kisses. Though they won’t look the same, they will truly taste just as delicious!
Gluten-free and Grain-free Options:
I have not yet made these with gluten-free flour or grain-free flour, but will try to soon. My favorite GF flours are Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour and Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour and Coconut Flour.
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons 1% milk or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- milk chocolate candy kisses or dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a kitchen stand mixer, beat butter and peanut butter on low speed for 1 minute.
- Add 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
- Slowly add in the egg, milk, and vanilla, until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
- Slowly add in the flour and beat until combined.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-12 minutes. Remove once the bottoms are just slightly browned.
- As soon as they are out of the oven, immediately press a milk chocolate candy kiss or 2-3 chocolate chips in the center of each cookie. Then using a wide spatula, gently lift each cookie and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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