Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms

Loved the idea of decorating the chocolate kiss to look like a Christmas tree.  My kids loved the added sprinkles.  There is just something about sprinkles that excites my kiddos .

Recipe from: Java Cupcake

48 Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies
½ cup shortening
¾ cup Peanut Butter
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ sugar, for rolling
green frosting
red, green, & white holiday sprinkles

Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.
Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.
Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

NOTE: Cookies must be completely cooled & chocolate hardened before decorating.

Starting at the base of the Hershey Kiss, pipe a line of frosting that swirls up & around to the top of the kiss.  Immediately sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.

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