Baked Peanut Butter Blossoms on cooling rack.

These rich, tender, slightly chewy peanut butter cookies are topped with a chocolate Hershey Kiss, resulting in the most delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Just like Cut-Out Sugar Cookies and Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic cookie recipe that is easy to make and perfect to enjoy year-round.

Baked peanut butter blossom cookies on white plate with cooling rack or glass of milk in background.

This recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms is my son’s personal favorite cookie recipe. But truth be told, no one in our house (or anyone I serve these to) declares them the best!

From Copycat Reese Cups to Peanut Butter Buckeyes to Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins, it doesn’t get much better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. That said, this recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms stands out as a favorite.

Made with a perfect peanut butter cookie that is soft, yet chewy, and bursting with peanut butter flavor, these cookies start out as perfection. By finishing them with a sweet Hershey Kiss, they become absolutely irresistible.

And not only is this the best recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms, but it is one of the fastest to make–there is no chilling of the dough required!

Notes on Ingredients

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Blossoms labeled on counter.

Peanut Butter Blossoms are made with a classic peanut butter cookie that is then topped with a chocolate kiss.  While you can use any peanut butter cookie recipe you like as the base for PB Blossoms, this recipe produces the absolute best results. 

  • Peanut Butter: For this recipe, I highly recommend using shelf-stable creamy peanut butter. It will yield the best flavor and texture in peanut butter cookies. 
  • Butter: Use unsalted, room-temperature butter for best results. 
  • Brown Sugar: The brown sugar adds a rich undertone to the cookie that not only pairs well with the peanut butter but also adds a nice chewy texture to the cookie itself. 
  • Granulated Sugar: This recipe uses granulated sugar, along with brown sugar in the cookie dough to create a nice, soft, yet chewy cookie. This recipe also uses granulated sugar to roll the cookie dough in before baking. This creates a nice texture and flavor on the finished peanut butter cookie.
  • Hershey Kisses: Peanut butter blossoms are classically made with milk chocolate Hershey kisses. That said, you can opt to use an alternative flavor, such as dark chocolate kisses if desired. 

How to Make Peanut Butter Blossoms

  • Cream Wet Ingredients. In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until creamy and fluffy. Keep in mind you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl down several times to ensure that the ingredients incorporate fully into the cookie dough batter. 
Side by side mixing bowl before and after creaming butter and peanut butter.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. It is important to mix these together separately before adding to your creamed ingredients so that you can ensure that the dry ingredients are evenly dispersed into your cookie dough without overmixing your dough. 
  • Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix on low speed until the batter just comes together and four is fully moistened. You don’t want to overwork your batter, as this will result in a tough cookie. 
Side by side photo of bowls with dry ingredients and then after mixed into wet ingredients.
  • Shape Cookies. Scoop out about a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Roll the balls in granulated sugar to coat and then place the cookie dough on a cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. 
Peanut Butter Cookies on baking sheet after being rolled in sugar.
  • Bake. The process for baking the perfect peanut butter blossoms is to MOSTLY bake the peanut butter cookies, add the Hershey kiss, and then finish baking the cookies. This will allow the chocolate candy to set into the cookie and not fall off the cookie after they cool. 
Hershey kiss placed in center of peanut butter cookies on baking sheet.
  • Cool. Once the cookies have been baked, cool them briefly on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool fully. 
Baked Peanut Butter Blossoms on cooling rack.

Are these PB Blossoms Soft and Fluffy or Flat and Chewy?

This recipe yields a peanut butter cookie that is on the flatter side with a delicious chew. Sort of like a molasses cookie. If you would like a fluffier, softer peanut butter cookie, chill your dough for 30 minutes. This will help the cookies to not spread as much while baking and retain a fluffier texture. My family personally prefers the delicious chew of a peanut butter cookie that has been baked right away.

Storage Instructions

Store cooled peanut butter blossoms in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. While you can freeze these cookies for up to 1 month in a freezer-safe container, keep in mind that the color of the chocolate kiss may alter slightly. 

Recipe Modifications

While Hershey Kisses are the classic, obvious choice for a Peanut Butter Blossom, there are other delicious ways to top these peanut butter cookies. 

  • In place of a Hershey Kiss, top each cookie with a miniature peanut butter cup. 
  • Chocolate stars are available around the holidays and make a festive alternative to the Hershey Kisses. 
  • For Valentine’s Day, use a chocolate-shaped heart candy in place of the Hershey Kiss. 
  • Instead of using milk chocolate kisses, try one of the other flavors, like dark chocolate, or chocolate truffle for a variation on the classic PB Blossom. 

If you gave this recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms a try, I would love for you to leave a review and comment below.

Baked peanut butter blossom cookies on white plate with glass of milk in backgrond.

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

These rich, tender, slightly chewy peanut butter cookies are topped with a chocolate Hershey Kiss, resulting in the most delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms.