Get ready to butter up your sweetie with this irresistible Valentine Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe.
Who doesn't love the classic peanut butter blossoms? These are your favorite peanut butter cookies all dressed up for Valentine's Day!
Why I Love This Valentine Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
• A peanut butter blossom is my favorite kind of cookie. This is the classic peanut butter cookie with a twist!
• A heart shaped chocolate and sprinkles gives my favorite cookie a super cute makeover for Valentine's Day.
• Still that wonderful soft and chewy cookie with a heart shaped chocolate instead of a chocolate kiss!
• The added Valentine's Day decorations make them perfect for the holiday.
• These are the best peanut butter cookies and very easy to make. A fun activity to do with the kids.
• This Valentine Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe is great for sharing. Makes a sweet gift!
• While perfect for Valentine's Day, these cookies can be enjoyed anytime of year.
• I love the chewy center of these irresistible cookies!
what you need
Peanut Butter: Choose a good quality creamy peanut butter for a rich and authentic flavor. I prefer regular peanut butter (creamy, not crunchy) for this recipe.
Butter: Use unsalted butter to control the saltiness of the cookies. Substitute vegetable shortening (such as Crisco), if you prefer.
Sugar: The recipe calls for a combination of white sugar and brown sugar. Brown sugar adds moisture and a hint of molasses flavor.
Egg: One large egg for binding the ingredients together. Make sure it's at room temperature for better incorporation.
Flour: All-purpose flour (regular or gluten free, your choice)
Baking Soda: Make sure to use fresh baking soda. Check the expiration.
Salt: Sweet recipes taste better with a little bit of salt. Recipe calls for ½ teaspoon.
Vanilla Extract: For best results, use pure vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste is also good if you're feeling fancy.
Heart Shaped Chocolates: A milk chocolate or dark chocolate heart shaped candy works great for the center of the cookie.
Sprinkles: Get your favorite Valentine's Day sprinkles, available at most grocery stores in January and February. Or order online if it's off season.
How to Make This Valentine Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
• Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from heart shaped chocolates. Line 4 half sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside
• In large bowl, beat ¾ cup of peanut butter and 1 stick butter (or shortening) with electric mixer on medium speed in large mixing bowl until well blended. Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar; beat well. Add the egg, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir to combine. Add dry ingredients to a medium bowl. Stir flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture, scraping bowl with a rubber spatula when needed.
• Shape the peanut butter cookie dough into 1-inch balls. drop dough balls into small bowl of sprinkles; place on prepared sheet pans.(Using a small cookie scoop to shape dough makes this step easier.)
• Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a heart shaped chocolate on top of each cookie; cookies will crack around edges. Remove to cooling rack and cool completely. Place on cookie trays and serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy? I don't recommend it as the cookies might not fluff up as well when baked.
Can I substitute margarine for butter? This recipe was tested with butter. If you don't want to use butter, you could substitute vegetable shortening. In general, margarine is not a good choice for baking cookies if you want your cookies to be light and fluffy.
Can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it? Yes, you can refrigerate the cookie dough for a few hours or overnight. Just let it come to room temperature for easier handling before baking.
Do I need to sift the flour? Sifting the flour can help achieve a lighter texture, but it's not strictly necessary. If you prefer, you can whisk the flour to aerate it.
How do I store the cookies? Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing a piece of bread in the container can help keep them soft.
Can I freeze the cookie dough or baked cookies? Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough or baked cookies. Freeze the dough in individual portions, and for baked cookies, make sure they are well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn.
How long do the cookies stay fresh? The cookies stay fresh for several days when stored properly in an air-tight container.
Softened Butter: Ensure that the butter is softened to room temperature before starting. This helps with easy creaming and incorporation of ingredients.
Accurate Measurements: Use accurate measuring cups and spoons for precise measurements of ingredients, especially when it comes to flour.
Creaming Method: Cream the butter and sugars thoroughly until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for creating a tender texture in the cookies.
Chilled Dough: If the dough becomes too soft or sticky, chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This makes it easier to handle and prevents cookies from spreading too much.
Properly Preheated Oven: Preheat your oven before baking to ensure even cooking. This is essential for achieving the right texture and appearance.
Uniform Cookie Sizes: Use a small cookie scoop or your hands to portion the dough into uniform sizes. This ensures even baking for all the cookies.
Add Chocolates Immediately: Press the chocolate hearts gently into center of the cookies immediately after removing them from the oven. This helps the chocolate to adhere to the cookie.
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Valentine Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup sprinkles
- 48 heart shaped chocolate candies
- Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Line 4 half sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
- Beat peanut butter and butter (or shortening) with electric mixer on medium speed in large bowl until well blended. Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat well. Add the egg, milk and vanilla. Stir to combine. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. roll in sprinkles; place on prepared sheet pans.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a heart shaped chocolate to center of each cookie; cookies will crack around edges. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.