At Christmas, dessert is always a cookie tray that my Mom puts together. (Oh yeah, we still had cake, and there were brownies; but the main focus of dessert were the cookies.) The selection varies each year with a mix of cookies my Mom made or swapped with friends. However, peanut butter blossoms were always present. In fact, the year they were left off one family member practically refused to eat dessert she was in mourning for those cookies.
The recipe is your basic peanut butter blossom cookie, just with a festive topping! I used chocolate chips for the eyes, and red M&Ms for the nose. (I highly recommend getting a Christmas M&M bag – the regular M&M bags don’t yield many reds. You can do something else Christmasy with the greens or save them for St. Patrick’s Day.) And pretzel sticks, quartered, for the antlers.
This recipe post isn’t as detailed as usual; that’s because I didn’t originally intend to post this recipe. But the moment I finished the first batch I decided that these cookies were too cute not to post!
Prepare the batter. Shape the dough into balls and roll in sugar. Pinch one end of each ball to make the chin and lay out on to the tray about two inches apart.
Bake in 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes. Cracks will form, and the surface will be golden brown.
While the cookies bake, prepare the faces. I used chocolate chips for the eyes (but brown M&Ms will work). Red M&Ms (any variety will work) for the nose. And pretzel sticks quartered for the antlers. (You can use longer pieces for the antlers, but I think it will make them harder to transport and store.)
It is important to have all of these items ready, because once the cookies come of the oven you have to work fast. I placed the eyes in the middle of the cookies; the antlers at the top; and the nose at the chin.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
- 1 3/4 cups of flour
- 1 t of baking soda
- 1/2 t of salt
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of shortening
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 2 T of milk
- 1 t of vanilla
- sugar for rolling
- pretzel sticks, quartered
- chocolate chips
- red M&Ms
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix on lowest speed until firm
- Shape into a tablespoon sized ball. Roll in sugar.
- Pinch one end of the ball to make a nose. Place on un-greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in 375 F oven for 10-12 minutes. The tops may crack a little and will be slightly golden.
- Top immediately with two pretzel pieces on the top of the head; chocolate chips for the eyes in the middle; and a red M&M for the nose at the bottom.