These delectable two-bite morsels were only a third place winner, but went on to be America’s Favorite Holiday Cookie. Everyone loves an underdog story – and eating the delightful Blossom Cookie. They’re not just for Christmas anymore! See all of the Blossom Cookie recipes.
What are blossom cookies?
The classic blossom cookie is the peanut butter cookie with a Hershey Kiss pressed into it while it is warm out of the oven. It was created by Freda Strasel Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio who replaced the usual chocolate chips in her peanut butter cookies with a Hershey Kiss. They say necessity is the mother of invention!
Her recipe for “Black Eyed Susans” won the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. Her cookie went through to the final round of the competition held in Beverly Hills, California and finished in third place. Pillsbury renamed it the Blossom Cookie when they printed it in their cookbooks. In 1999, the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie was one of ten recipes inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame and at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
The cookie became famous over the years, thanks to the promotion of both Pillsbury who call it the “Doughboy’s Favorite Cookie Ever” and Hershey’s whose recipe recommends their Reese’s Creamy Peanut Butter* as well as Hershey’s Kisses*.
What do Blossom Cookies taste like?
Blossom cookies are delectable melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are more like a confection. The base of a blossom cookie was traditionally a peanut butter cookie, but now the base can be a sugar cookie, a macaroon, or a shortbread. The base can also be flavored with your favorite fruit, like cherry, lemon or orange.
But the pièce de résistance is the Hershey Kiss on the top. Especially now that Hershey’s has created so many different flavors, especially for the holidays. And people are getting creative here, too. They use Malteser’s malt balls, Reese’s mini peanut butter cups and Cadbury’s mini eggs on top.
Decorate a Blossom Cookie to go with your party theme!
Blossom cookies aren’t just for Christmas – or any other holiday any more. You can make them your signature cookie & dress them up for ALL your parties!
Hershey makes seasonal kisses and different flavors, or you can find other delicious chocolates that go with your creative vision.
Instead of rolling the balls in granulated sugar, use:
- sprinkles the color of your party theme
- coarse sparkling sugar in the party theme color
- colored decorator’s sugar
- pearl sugar
Here’s how to make sparkling sugar in any color:
Blossom Cookies for any holiday.
Here are a few recipes to check out for holiday blossom cookies.
Peanut Butter Star Cookies
Peanut butter star cookies are a blossom cookie with a chocolate rosette or Rosebud chocolate in the center (instead of a Hershey Kiss).
Christmas Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie
These festive Christmas Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies use colored sprinkles in red and green and seasonal Hershey Kisses chocolates. Perfect for a plate of Christmas cookies.
Easter Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
For the Easter Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies you can find colorful candy-coated chocolate eggs just the right size to replace the Hershey Kisses and give the blossom cookie a festive feel. Or, use a chocolate egg. Kids love them!
Halloween Spider Blossom Cookies
Instead of a chocolate, use a Malteser. Add candy eyes and pipe chocolate legs, and you have a spider cookie!
Here are our other Blossom Cookie recipes.
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