Tis the time of year when you are asked to make holiday treats for every party, gathering, and the occasional Tuesday. I made bark for my husbands work and when my work holiday party came around I wanted to bake something different. I love those peanut butter kisses cookies and in a fit of inspiration at Target, I found a bag of dove chocolates with embossed snowflakes on them and they looked much more festive than normal Hershey kisses. And lets face it there is nothing wrong with Hershey but Dove is oh so, so good.
Word to the warning it takes a lot longer for the dove chocolate to set up after you put them on the cookies. It was like hot, melting to the touch still, two hours after I had made them. I finally put them in the fridge for a bit and they set right up. So moral of the story, let them cool on a baking rack till the cookies are cool and then put them in the fridge afterwards for about an hour to set up the chocolate. Also try not to touch the chocolate before its set or you will smear your beautiful snowflakes. You have been warned!
Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies
1 stick Salted Butter, (its what I had on hand, if you use unsalted butter I would add a pinch of salt to the recipe) softened to room temperature
1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Peanut Butter (creamy kind is recommended)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
First in a small bowl combined the flour and baking soda. Next in a large mixing bowl, use either a hand-held mixer or stand mixer, and cream together the butter and the brown and white sugar on medium speed.
After they are creamed together mix in first the peanut butter, than egg, and lastly the vanilla. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
After everything is mixed together. Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. I usually do this step with a wooden spoon but you can continue to us the mixture if you prefer. Make sure you mix to just combine the ingredients. You no not want to over mix the dough. After you are done place the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use either an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll about 1 1/2 tbsps. of dough into a ball. Place them on the cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. Cookies will be soft and puffy when they are done.
While the cookies are baking unwrap the chocolates. After the cookies are done take them out and place them on a cooling rack. Place a chocolate snowflake in the center of each cookie and press down lightly.
After the cookies have cooled place them in the in the fridge to cool for about an hour to set up the chocolate.