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[The Cookie Elf] Peanut Butter Blossoms: Fun for Kids for 60+ Years
July 14, 2020
Dear Cookie Elf reader,

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Cookie Recipe of the Week: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies - AKA Hershey Kiss Cookies

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We have Mrs. Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio, to thank for Peanut Butter Blossoms, the beloved recipe this is also sometimes known as Hershey Kiss Cookies.

Freda developed the recipe as a treat for her grandchildren and entered it in the ninth Pillsbury Bake-Off contest in 1957, but the recipe failed to clinch the grand prize.

Though a “mere” runner up, the cookies have since appeared on nearly every kitchen table in America – thanks in large part to the Hershey Company, which printed the recipe on its bags of Hershey’s Kisses.

Freda got her credit due, though posthumously, when the recipe was inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame in 1999 in honor of the contest’s fiftieth anniversary.

One fun bit of cookie trivia: during the recipe’s induction, Freda’s daughter, Jo Anne Smith Lytle, told reporters that her mother had originally named the cookies Black-eyed Susans. Pillsbury renamed them.

Prep time: about 10-15 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Makes about 3 dozen

Get the full recipe for Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies … and check out all kinds of easy brownies recipes on our Hershey Kiss Cookies Pinterest Board.

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

Kathy, The Cookie Elf

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