Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Alternative namesPeanut Butter Blossoms
TypePeanut Butter Cookie
CourseDessert or Snack
Place of originUnited States
Associated national cuisineNorth American Cuisine
Created byFreda Strasel Smith
Invented1957
Cooking time
Serving temperature48 cookies
Main ingredients
  • Peanut butter
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar
Ingredients generally used
  • Egg
  • Shortening
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
VariationsMultiple, including using Hershey's Hugs, Candy Cane Kisses, Caramel Kisses, Cocoa for Chocolate Peanut Butter dough
Food energy
(per 1 cookie serving)
90 kcal (377 kJ)Fat Secret
Nutritional value
(per 1 cookie serving)
Protein2 g
Fat6 g
Carbohydrate10 g

A peanut butter blossom cookie is a soft peanut butter cookie rolled in granulated sugar and topped with a Hershey's Kiss.

This classic cookie that can easily be made for any occasion.[1] satisfies salty-sweet flavor cravings[2], and make for great decoration on tables for events or holidays.

Overview[edit]

The recipe was created by a woman in Gibsonburg, OH. The peanut butter blossom made its public debut in the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.[3]

The Peanut Butter Blossom cookie recipe can be found on the back of the Hershey's Kisses bag. The original recipe is also featured in the 9th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cookbook.[4]

History[edit]

Invention[edit]

In 1957, Freda Strasel Smith who lived in Gibsonburg, OH did not have chocolate chips in her cabinet, but she had already made a batch of cookie dough, so she grabbed the next closest ingredient - Hershey's Kisses.[5] Since Hershey's Kisses are much bigger than a chocolate chip, she rolled the batch of cookies without chocolate in them, and then decided to just top the center of the cookie with a Hershey's Kiss after it was done baking.

It is said that her family loved the new twist on her traditional chocolate chip cookie that she kept making them, and even decided to enter the cookie recipe into the ninth Pillsbury Bake-Off contest in 1957.[6] Freda Smith entered her recipe as Black-eyed Susans because of the resemblance of the cookie to the flower. However, Pillsbury changed the name to Peanut Butter Blossom.[7]

Freda's peanut butter blossom cookie made it through the final round of the contest held in Beverly Hills, California and finished off in third place.[8]

Later History[edit]

In 1965, Pillsbury flew Freda Smith's daughter, Jo Anne Smith Lytle, out to New York City to film a commercial of her making her mom's famous peanut butter blossom cookies.[9]

Pillsbury Company stated the Peanut Butter Blossom is one of the most famous recipes ever entered into the bake-off contest[10], despite it not winning 1st prize.[11]

In 1999, the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie was one of ten recipes inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame[12] at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. [13]

Hershey's Marketing[edit]

Hershey's capitalized on the recipe by including it on every bag of Hershey's Kisses after Freda Smith placed in the 1957 competition, which helped promote and grow the Peanut Butter Blossom to what it is today - a staple cookie on Christmas dessert tables across the US[14], as well as a popular option on cookie tables at weddings.[15]

The Original Peanut Butter Blossom[edit]

The original recipe created by Freda Smith can be found on Pillsbury's website[16], and is the same recipe Hershey still promotes to this day.[17]

To make the Hershey's Kiss stick in the cookie, it needs to be pressed into the center as soon as the cookies come out of the oven and are still hot [18]. So before putting the cookies in the oven, be sure to remove the paper plume and aluminum foil from the Kiss so they are ready to go.

Nutritional Information[edit]

1 cookie contains 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.[19]

Peanut Butter Blossoms)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Carbohydrates
10.0 g
Sugars6 g
Dietary fiber.7 g
Fat
6.0 g
Protein
2.0 g
VitaminsQuantity %DV
Vitamin C
0%
0 mg
MineralsQuantity %DV
Calcium
0%
0 mg
Iron
0%
0 mg
Magnesium
0%
0 mg
Sodium
5%
75 mg

  • Units
  • μg = micrograms • mg = milligrams
  • IU = International units
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Variations[edit]

There are many variations to this classic cookie[20]. Cookbooks, cooking blogs and websites have published many twist on this easy, simple cookie recipe. To get more festive for holidays, bakers add colored sugar crystals, or to get more of a peanut butter taste, you can use a peanut butter cup in place of the Hershey's Kiss.[21] Some bakers even use Hershey's Hugs to add white chocolate into the cookie.

Another option is to add more chocolate by using cocoa powder in the dough. This version is also known as

References[edit]

  1. Crocker, Betty (2019). Betty Crocker Cookies: Irresistibly Easy Recipes for Any Occasion. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 350. ISBN 978-0-358-11815-2. Retrieved 15 April 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. https://www.thechunkychef.com/peanut-butter-blossoms/
  3. https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2012/09/06/Cookies-Tracking-the-tale-of-a-favorite-the-Peanut-Blossom/stories/201209060264
  4. "The Biggest Mistake America Made In 1957". HuffPost. December 3, 2014.
  5. https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-peanut-butter-blossom-cookies/a3563f6e-96b0-443f-ae0a-53cef4be6db6
  6. https://apnews.com/3e5dfd0f5a1a4cd1ad6e6f030106b989
  7. Smith, Kathie (May 25, 1999). "Classic Cookie Puts Ohio Woman into the Pillsbury Hall of Fame". news.google.com. Toledo Blade. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  8. "Cookie recipe blossoms". The News-Messenger.
  9. Kitchen, Lori Fogg, A. Coalcracker in the. "Peanut Blossom Cookies, a holiday favorite". NorthcentralPA.com.
  10. Sember, Brette (Oct 21, 2012). COOKIE: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes, and More About Our Most Beloved Treat. Sember Resources. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-9845026-9-1. Retrieved 15 April 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. "8 Things You Didn't Know About the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest". Pillsbury.com.
  12. Smith, Andrew F. (May 1, 2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199885763 – via Google Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. "Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Collection - contents · SOVA". sova.si.edu.
  14. https://abountifulkitchen.com/peanut-butter-blossoms/
  15. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/dining/16cookies.html
  16. https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/peanut-blossoms/b5de97ec-9e31-4303-8cb7-9484b5e4e86b
  17. "Peanut Butter Blossoms | HERSHEY'S Kitchens". www.hersheys.com.
  18. https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/peanut-butter-blossoms/
  19. "Calories in Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms and Nutrition Facts". www.fatsecret.com.
  20. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/classic-peanut-butter-blossoms/
  21. https://spoonuniversity.com/recipe/cookie-recipes-to-get-you-in-the-holiday-sprit

New page on iconic peanut butter blossom cookie history and original recipe[edit]

Updated for more references on this iconic cookie that bakers make for many events and holidays as it has an interesting history[edit]

Removed the "directions/ingredients" as this wasn't meant to be a recipe. It was meant to highlight the original winning recipe archived with the Smithsonian. Since other popular staples like Chocolate Chip Cookie had ingredients, I thought it was okay to list. Sorry![edit]

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