One of my absolute favorite cookies to make for my family is those peanut butter blossom cookies using Hershey Kisses. What I really love is all of the variety of flavors that Hershey puts outs now in those kisses...I have made this recipe way too many counts and love experimenting with the flavored Hershey Kisses...such as the candy cane, hot cocoa, chocolate meltaway, cordial kisses and so forth. You can top them with your favorite type of Hershey Kisses.
Hershey Kiss Topped Peanut Butter Cookies
48 Hershey (tm) Kisses (milk chocolate or hugs)
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy style)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 tablespoons cold milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like Watkins (tm) Vanilla Extract)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove wrappers from Hershey (tm) kisses. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 c. granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
Shape dough into 1" balls. Roll into granulated sugar and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Let cool. Store in an air tight container.