Peanut Butter Blossoms 

“Cookies and cakes have been a Christmas treat for centuries. But after two Minneapolis flour millers shaped and embellished tradition, holiday baking was never the same again.” – Tom Webb Pioneer Press from his article 12 Days of Minnesota Christmas: Craving Christmas cookies? Thank Betty Crocker

Enjoy one of my favorite Christmas Cookie!

Peanut Butter Blossoms 


Make 48 cookies 

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 48 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped

Heat oven to 375°F.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. If dough is too soft, refrigerate 30-60 minutes. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Remove to cooling racks.

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Pecan Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite cookie! This recipe brings back lots of memories of dunking my dad’s homemade Tollhouse recipe chocolate chip cookies with walnuts or Chips Ahoy in milk. We loved having cookies and milk time in the evenings.

Pecan Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup toffee baking bits
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in the milk chocolate and semisweet chips, toffee bits, and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

What’s you favorite food memory with your Dad?