Okay, peanut butter blossoms will never be totally healthy. First, they are a cookie; second, you put a piece of delicious chocolate on top. However, I made a little bit healthier version of them.
The Imaginative One has a list of his favorite cookies. The top three are Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Blossoms. Today I asked the boys if they wanted me to make cookies and, if so, which kind. They decided I needed to make Peanut Butter Blossoms. Okay, I had Hershey’s Kisses, but they weren’t chocolate. They were pumpkin spice flavored. So the Imaginative One and I made a trip to the local Walgreens to pick up a bag of Hershey Kisses.
We went to look for shortening while there and couldn’t find any. When I got home, I went looking for substitutions for shortening – butter, cooking spray, lard, and cooking oil are some substitutions you can use. Butter could have worked. Cooking spray and oil were out of the question. I don’t even have any or have ever had lard in my kitchen, so that wouldn’t have worked. The last choice was applesauce. I’ve used it before, so I went with applesauce.
Instead of using all-purpose flour, I used white whole-wheat flour.
Stars of the recipe:
- Hershey Kisses unwrapped
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour or white whole wheat
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Granulated sugar
- Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from the chocolates.
- Beat applesauce and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended.
- Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
- Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.
- Stir flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into the peanut butter mixture.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Immediately press a chocolate into the center of each cookie; the cookie will crack around the edges.
- Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
- Cool completely.
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