12 Days of Cookies – Day 2: Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Decorated as Christmas trees, these holiday cookies are a fun twist on the classic peanut butter blossoms and are perfect for your cookie swap or holiday party!

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Today is Day 2 of 12 Days of Cookies on Java Cupcake!  On Day 1 I brought you beautiful Frosted Sugar Cookies and today I’ve got a classic cookie for you… with a twist!

Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my most favorite cookies to make during the Christmas season.   Maybe it’s because peanut butter and chocolate is my most favorite flavor combination IN THE WORLD… or maybe it’s because they’re just so cute… or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn easy to make!

It’s probably all of the above.

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I’ve been making these cookies for as long as I can remember.  Sometimes, I’d even make them when it wasn’t Christmas, but that somehow just felt wrong.  So, that didn’t happen that often.

But this year, I was inspired to do something a little bit different with these cookies.  Spice things up a bit and get creative!  I turned the traditional cookies into super fun, super cute Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms! It was super easy too! All I needed was green frosting and holiday sprinkles!   They took just a few minutes to decorate but they create an immense impression!

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These Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms would be perfect for a holiday party, cookie swap or on your cookie platter for Christmas!

Festive.  Fun. Delicious!

Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms
 
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Serves: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients
  • 48 Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies
  • ½ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
  • ¾ cup Peanut Butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ sugar, for rolling
  • green frosting
  • red, green, & white holiday sprinkles
  • disposable piping bag fitted with a Wilton #4 piping tip

Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
  2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.
  3. Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  4. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.
  5. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
Assembly
  1. NOTE: Cookies must be completely cooled & chocolate hardened before decorating.
  2. Fill the prepared piping bag with green frosting.
  3. Starting at the base of the Hershey Kiss, pipe a line of frosting that swirls up & around to the top of the kiss.
  4. Immediately sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted tomorrow!

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17 Comments

17 Comments on 12 Days of Cookies – Day 2: Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms

  1. Kimberly Ann
    December 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm (12 months ago)

    Oh my, Betsy, you have outdone yourself. These are just TOO CUTE!

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    • Betsy Eves
      December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Kimmie!! xoxo

      Reply
  2. cookingactress
    December 3, 2013 at 12:57 am (12 months ago)

    I cannot get over the cuteness personified here, loveit! Plus ya know…tastiness!

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    • Betsy Eves
      December 3, 2013 at 10:42 am (12 months ago)

      Me too!! SO DARN CUTE… it almost hurts!! hehe ;)

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    • Betsy Eves
      December 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks, Katrina! :)

      Reply
  3. Andrea
    December 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm (12 months ago)

    Just made these for my kids (I haven’t decorated them yet) and they are delicious!

    Reply
  4. Suzanne Holt
    October 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm (1 month ago)

    This is so creative! Thanks for sharing! Pinned.

    Reply
  5. Carol C
    November 10, 2014 at 12:32 am (3 weeks ago)

    Think the little trees are adorable! We’re going to use this idea in our annual Cookie Baking Day.

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    • Betsy Eves
      November 10, 2014 at 9:54 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Carol! :) They really are a fun twist on a classic cookie! Enjoy!

      Reply
  6. T. Webster
    November 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Love the cookies! However, I’m not a cookie baker, especially making cookies from scratch. Wondering if I could use the peanut butter roll of cookies, slice, add chocolate kiss and the icing to resemble a tree. I’m sure they wouldn’t be as good as yours, however, not as time consuming! :)

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  7. T. Webster
    November 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Love the cookies! However, I’m not a cookie baker – especially baking cookies from scratch. Wondering if I could use the peanut butter cookie roll, slice, add chocolate kiss and green icing to resemble tree…wouldn’t be as good as yours, I’m sure, however, not as time consuming! :)

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    • Betsy Eves
      November 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I’m sure you could use the roll of peanut butter cookie dough. Break off a ball of it, roll it in your hands, then roll it in sugar. Bake then press a kiss on top. Allow it to cool completely then decorate the kiss with green frosting. However… It’s been years since I’ve baked pre-made peanut butter dough, so I’m not certain how much it will spread. I’d suggest baking 2-3 in various sizes to see how much dough you’ll need to get the right size. :) Hope this helps! :) Happy Baking!

      Reply
  8. Dana @ Wanted Adventure
    November 19, 2014 at 10:43 am (1 week ago)

    *Sigh* Peanut butter blossoms!! My favorite, but what a festive way to spruce up a classic :D I’ve introduced them to my German family over here and now they are all begging for the recipe :D Might have to try this cute twist on them this year! Thanks!!

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    • Betsy Eves
      November 19, 2014 at 11:09 am (1 week ago)

      This recipe would be simple enough to convert to metric measurements! If peanut butter can’t be found, cookie butter (speculoos) may be an option to replace it. Happy Baking!

      Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      November 19, 2014 at 11:29 am (1 week ago)

      PS… I totally just watched 3 of your videos. Let’s connect more… I’d love to chat!

      Reply

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