Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms

What could be better than a cookie that combines the 2 things that I love the most? Not much! LOL! By now, most of you know that peanut butter and chocolate are near and dear to my heart. They rank right up there with my husband, kids and my wine. ;) So, it was a no brainer that I had to try a recipe for a cookie that combined PB and chocolate. These cookies were so unbelieveably easy to make and so worth it. They are the perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate. This recipe is supposed to make 48, mine made 37 and I can’t guarantee how long they will be around for. The kids both loved them. I am going to freeze some, but I don’t know how long they will last there, either, unless I forget about them.

Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms **Modified from a recipe on the Hershey’s Kisses Bag to be Gluten-Free

48 Hershey’s Kisses
½ cup shortening
¾ cup Peanut Butter (I used Peter Pan)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 TBSP milk (I used 1%)
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 ½ cups GF Flour Mix (I used rice, potato starch & tapioca)
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Granulated Sugar

1. Heat oven to 375. Remove wrappers from chocolate (you may want to not unwrap all 48, as this recipe didn’t make that many cookies for me ~ I got about 37).
2. Beat shortening & peanut butter until well blended. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk & vanilla; beat well.
3. Mix together flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt and then mix into wet into peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate dough for 30 – 60 minutes.
4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each cookie; cookie will crack around the edges. Remove cookie to wire rack. Cool Completely. Makes about 4 dozen according to the recipe, I got 37.

Snickerdoodles

When I was growing up my Mom used to make these cookies all the time. They ranked up there with some of my favorites. My favorites as a little girl were thumbprint cookies, spritz cookies, snowballs (Russian Teacakes), chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps and snickerdoodles. I love to say “Snickerdoodle”. Believe it or not, in my almost 3 years of being on the gluten-free diet, I have never made Snickerdoodles. If nothing else, I would have thought I would have made them just so I could say the word. ;) I have been pleasantly surprised at how good the cookies have turned out when converted to be gluten-free. I can’t really think of one time that I was disappointed. Oh, wait, only once. I used a flour mix that I was not happy with. I now stick with my GF Mix of rice flour, potato starch and tapioca flour and add xanthan gum, usually close to a teaspoon per cup of flour. I don’t usually add partial teaspoons though, so if a recipe calls for 2 3/4 cups flour, I will use 2 tsp xanthan gum. Hope that makes sense.

Onto the good stuff! Here is my recipe and some pictures of the yummy goodness:

Snickerdoodles**Modified from a recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cookbook

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 ¾ cups GF Flour Mix (I used rice, potato starch & tapioca)
2 tsps. Xanthan Gum
2 tsps. Cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

2 TBSP Sugar
2 tsps. Cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar & eggs. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, salt & baking soda. Refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes. Mix 2 TBSP sugar & 2 tsps. Cinnamon in a small bowl. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Roll balls in mixture.
2. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes until set. Immediately remove from baking sheet.

Makes about 6 dozen.

Jon gave the thumbs up on these. I am going to freeze about half of them for treats in the upcoming weeks.

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