peanut butter kiss bars

Peanut Butter Kiss Bars

 

peanut butter kiss bars

Peanut Butter Kiss Bars

The classic peanut butter blossom cookie made into bars.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 squares

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 8x8 baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  • Add in the sugars and mix until well combined..
  • Add egg, vanilla and milk and beat until until the mixture is smooth, about a minute.
  • While the mixer is running, stream in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan,
  • Bake 22-25 minutes until the top is lightly browned and they look set.
  • Place the Hershey Kisses on the bars, spaced evenly.
  • Return to the oven for 2 minutes.
  • Cool, in pan, on wire rack.
  • Cut into squares and store in an air-tight container at room temperature up to 3 days. The bars also freeze well.
Keyword bars

I don’t know what it is about Easter that makes me think of retro cookies and desserts. When I was a kid we made the peanut butter blossom cookies a few times but not at Easter that I recall. But I was thinking about them and how to make them a little less hands-on. I googled making them into bars and Betty Crocker (my old employer) had a recipe but it called for peanut butter cookie mix which I did not have. I did, however, have peanut butter, butter, flour and sugar(s) so I was able to make them that morning.

I think the trick is to use the dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, they are as easy to find these days as the regular milk chocolate ones but they provide a better contrast with the sweet, peanutty cookie.

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