- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup butter (softened)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 36 chocolate kisses
- Prep: Heat oven to 375°F and line a few baking sheets.
- Make cookie dough: Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream butter, both sugars, egg, peanut butter and vanilla with a hand mixer until beaten. Beat in flour mix on low speed JUST until combined into a crumbly cookie dough. Do not overmix or the cookies will not turn out soft.
- Shape and bake cookies: Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in granulated sugar. Set 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets and bake, one tray at a time, for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden on the bottom (do not overbake or they will turn out like rocks).
- Decorate: Immediately after baking, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie (see tips to make them look perfect!). Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
Step by Step Photos and Baking Tips:When beating the wet ingredients, it’s important to beat them until well combined and creamy, but don’t overbeat or your cookies could turn out tougher than you want them to be.
To place the chocolate kiss perfectly on your cookies:
- do not overbake the cookies, take them out right as the top starts looking dry and the bottom is very lightly browned
- add the kiss RIGHT after baking, wear rubber gloves if the heat is too much for your fingers
- place the kiss with two fingers of one hand, while holding the cookie together with all your other fingers (see the image above) – that ways pressing down the chocolate will not completely flatten/break the cookie!!
- do NOT touch the chocolate for at least a couple of hours, until it has set again (the chocolate will melt but hold its shape, if you touch it it will look messy). If it’s cold outside where you are, you can place them out for a bit to make the chocolate firm up faster. However, do not place the hot cookies in your freezer like some recipes suggest – adding hot food to a freezer is not considered safe because it can heat up and spoil other food in there.