This is my Mom's recipe box. All of the recipes in this box are fading and have remnants of flour, sugar and butter on them. I found out today that my Dad built this plain wooden box for my Mom to store her recipes in. This plain wooden box is a treasure chest of favorite foods I remember as a kid. Tator Tot Hotdish, homemade summer sausage, rolled date filled cookies, sugar cookies and my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Why we only have them at Christmas time is beyond me. I guess if we had them all the time, they wouldn't be special. Kind of like having turkey for Thanksgiving or ham on Christmas day. Here is my Mom's recipe

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Hershey Chocolate Kisses

Preheat oven to 375°

As in every recipe, in a medium bowl mix all your dry ingredients (flour, soda, salt).

Cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add milk, flour, soda and salt. Mix to blend.

Shape dough in balls using a rounded teaspoon of dough for each. Roll balls in granulated sugar. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Top each cookie immediately with a candy kiss. Press down firmly so cookies crack around the edges.

I learned something else today while baking cookies with my Mom. She shops just like I do. I shop by color and hardly ever read the labels. The white chocolate hugs come in the same color bag as the milk chocolate kisses so we ended up with a few hugs among our kisses. Oh well, they look pretty!