I am always looking for easy recipes that my boys can help me with in the kitchen. If you are, too, you will want print, pin, or bookmark this one. I’m talking about the delicious Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies! I recently learned that you can substitute one-half the amount of almond extract for vanilla extract, and I really like it! Keep in mind that this recipe makes A LOT of cookies…about 5 dozen actually, so be prepared to freeze or share them with others.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp Pure Almond Extract
1 package Hershey’s Kisses
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Beat butter and peanut butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add sugars and mix well. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, mixing until smooth. Add dry ingredients to this and mix well.
4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls (dough will be slightly dry) and place on ungreased cookie pan about 1 1/2 inches apart. (I like to use my cookie scoop for this. It’s so quick and easy!)
5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Remove from oven and immediately place one candy into each cookie.
7. Place cookies on cooling grid to cool completely.
To get the kiddos involved, I usually have them unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses while I am mixing the rest of the ingredients together. I also let them put the Kisses on the cookies after I pull them out from the oven.
I love to put these in the freezer and eat them straight from there. The cookie part is soft and the candy is crunchy from the freezer.