Friday, October 22, 2010

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms (Gluten-Free Version Included)

I had a completely different post planned for today, but then got the wise idea (last night after Project Runway at, oh, 10:30pm) that I neeeeded to bake some cookies.  Perfect.  They ended up turning out so well I decided to switch everything up and share them with you just in time for the weekend.

Right around the time I got diagnosed with Celiac a good friend gave me a dreamy little book entitled Hershey's Easy Baking.  I was so excited to try the recipes, but soon after realized I couldn't eat any of the things on the pages.  Every time I opened my recipe drawer and saw the book it pained me, but I still held onto it hoping one day things might change.  After much trial and error I figured out a good gluten-free flour blend that makes cookies taste just like regular flour ones...why I haven't tested out that blend on the recipes in this book before tonight I do not know, dear friends.  Things will be a changin' over here at Casa Carrie!  After tasting one of these cookies the Chef looked over and asked if I made them gluten-free.  And then he said I missed my calling and should be baking gf treats full-time for a living (mayjah compliment!).  Awww shucks, thanks Chef *blush*.

 The recipe  produced 52 amazing cookies!

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms
Ingredients
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (*I used my gluten-free flour blend found here*)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar
Method
Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture - mixing by hand.  Mix the flour in by hand especially if you are doing the gluten-free version because the flour is very sensitive and should not be over mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls (approximately). Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

See why I changed the post?  Yum-my! (and no we did not wait for them to cool completely) It's the weekend - let's eat, sleep, and do whatever we feel like.  Any special plans?  TGIF everyone!

77 comments:

FarmGirl said...

OMW they look delish!

Debby said...

I make these, well, not the gluten free but with regular flour... they are sooooo good!! They don't last long in my house! I feel asleep at 10:15 during Project Runway so didn't see he went home but luckily have it taped. Happy Friday!! xo

Natasha said...

Yummm! They look delish xxx

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Lori said...

These are one of my favs Carrie ~ they are perfect for the holidays. The girls at work call them boobie cookies. I made a double batch last year for the cookie exchange I went to. Enjoy and have a fabulous week-end! xo

Laura said...

these are my absolute FAV! my mom always made them for us growing up... i nEEEEDDD to find some hershey kisses here.. I'm craving these now!

Couture Carrie said...

Love this cookie!!

xoxox,
CC

Closet Fashionista said...

Mmmmmm those look soooo good!!! :D :D
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Katie said...

I'm thinking cookies would definitely make the day better.

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said...

The recipe looks and sounds delicious! I love to bake myself. When I do use Hershey's, the husband and I always buy the both milk (for me) and dark chocolate (for him) heh.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

One of my fav cookies. Yum!

Sher said...

Oh wow, I wish I live next door to you just so I could taste these:)

Hope you're having a great Friday, love!

xx

la franglaise said...

It's 3pm here and I wish I could pinch one of those cookies to have with my coffee I'm drinking. Bon week-end chef Carrie!

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

These look amazing. I made something similar with peanut butter cookie dough and mini Reese's Pieces. Sooooo good!

Happy Weekend xo

Taylor said...

GOOD GOD GIRL....you must be trying to make me fat! These were my absolute FAV cookie growing up...I think I have another item to add to Sunday's cooking!

Dancing Branflake said...

Yummy! I love peanut butter chocolate anything. These look amazing!

Travels in Heels said...

I can't believe Gluten-free can even be in the same post as those cookies! These are one of my favorites...well anything with PB is. I may have to try those!

xo,
Sara

Ashley said...

Nice! I love these little cookies. My grandma makes them every year at Christmas. Good to know they can be made gluten-free, too!

Chas said...

Those look so incredible! My friend made those recently and I almost died they were so good!

Daniela said...

Y U M. I'm going to have to make these. Do u think I could leave out the peanut butter? I know it's only 3/4 of a cup - but does the cookie have a strong peanut butter taste?

Kenzie Chesnut said...

i love those!! great choice- I may have to go make a batch today :)
love kenzie

kenziechesnut.blogspot.com

Leia said...

YUM! If only I could get Hershey's kisses here!

Leia

Jude said...

You had me at peanut butter and chocolate! These look yummy-licious -) I need to try on my next cozy weekend in! Hope yours is a lovely one :)

Dawn said...

Great.
By looking at them I gained 4 pounds.
Thank you.

:)

Marcie said...

Wow, Carrie. These look absolutely amazing. I am loving your creative and alternative desserts. I am forwarding all your food posts to a fried with Celiac.

Have a fabulous weekend!
M

Anna Jane said...

oooh yum! bring some of those when we meet up :)

xx

Nikki said...

Perfect timing! I have 3 gf family members ;)

Mo Pie, Please said...

Yum yum YUM!!! I love these cookies and this recipe sounds terrific!

Monique said...

Oh great! Another amazing recipe I'm just going to HAVE to try out this weekend!! They look fantastic! I think I'm going to try the gluten free version too for a girl here at work! YUM! Thanks!
xo M

Jamie said...

You're so mean!! hahaha ;) I am itching to embark of some heavy fall baking this weekend, but with all of the photo shoots I have coming up I know it would be a disaster!! These look SOOOOO good!!! I might have to cave!!!

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Valerie said...

Carrie, you have outdone yourself with this one. These are always my favorite type of cookies and I bet your gluten free version is phenomenal. Yes, I can see why you changed your post! What if you started baking these up and delivering them to people (for a fee, of course). I'm thinking this could lead to early retirement for you. ;) Have a great weekend!

xo
Valerie

la petite coquine said...

Your gluten free flour blend is AMAZING-what a fantastic resource! So excited to try these both ways.

Alicia said...

Ah, so craving one of these right now!! :)

Anna Walker said...

Yummy! You're making me hungry! :)

Annie said...

awww these look so perfect!!! I like Valerie's idea ;) Nikki & I are having too much fun already, as you can imagine.. we'll have to remember to take pics! Talk to you Monday! xo

Madison's Assortment said...

Mmmmmm... I love the sound of this!
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xo

Cafe Fashionista said...

I've decided that I am going to eat myself into a Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms stupor this weekend. After I bake them, of course. Ohmigosh these look AMAZING!! :)

Pop Champagne said...

im not big on baking but I do love to eat baked goods, this looks delish!!

fashion clocked said...

hey beauty how have you been? who knows what happened Ive been a bit lame on catching up on my fav blogs! Cant believe the downpour you had, pics made me laugh and you look so sweet in the wellies, the mac and bacon, and the cookies with hersheys all look great darn this starch free restrictive life... will have to conjur up something tasty... inspired! enjoy your weekend. Kisses Katie.xx

fashion clocked

Ms. Givens said...

I still think my computer needs a SMELL button.

the chirpy bird said...

Oh I just love! I'm always looking for new ways to experiment with baking! I'll definitely be trying these bad boys out!
xoxo

Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...
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Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...

Let me try my post again! WONKY server today!


YES YES YES!! My best friend was just diagnosed with celiacs! My daughter has Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome... Your recipes are such a welcomed treat for them! Keep em comin please!

Courtney Erin said...

I'm in Edmonton (my home town) this weekend and spending it with my best friend (who I haven't seen in 2 years) -- I think maybe we'll be baking.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

LyddieGal said...

Such a classic! I always make these at Christmas. Even though they aren't specifically a Christmas cookie, they are in my mind.
Glad you can enjoy them gluten free!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Ummm HELLO! Someone's definitely going to be giving these a shot this weekend! Thanks, love!!!

Happy weekend, sweetie xoxo

Josie said...

PERFECTION, my dear! Your flour blend is officially sent from heaven, I swear. Have an amazing weekend, doll!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

thingsIlove said...

ooh, yummy!

Marie a la Mode said...

Ummm could you and The Chef adopt me for a couple of months so I can learn how to cook from the two of you?

Seriously these look delicious!

Have a great weekend Carrie! Sleep in : )

MarchMusings said...

I fell in love with the name of the treats. Who could resist anything called Peanut Butter Blossoms? Happy weekend!

La Boheme said...

Oh mine, I would love to eat a couple just about now! Wishing you a great weekend!! xoxo

Ashley Lind said...

These made me want something sweet! I might have to give them a try this week! :)

Fashion Court said...

looks FAB thanks for sharing! i def want to try them :)

Jess said...

You sure know how to make me drool!!


p.s. loved your story about the j.crew purse. sorry you bought it and wasted your money, but happy i'm not the only one!! ;)

PursuitOfLLT said...

we always make these around christmas time! yummm

Katie said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Those look A-MAZING!!!

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

i love peanut butter blossoms! my friend who is a pastry chef, and i make them every year. :)

thanks for including the gluten free recipe! i have a friend who can't have gluten. i know she will appreciate this!

XO,
SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

Jammer said...

These are my FAVORITE cookies!! I'm watching thursday nights project runway right now and getting ready for Michael and Nina to make someone cry...Happy weekend to you and the chef!

Jammer said...

PS - Give my condolences to the chef...I know he must be in a dark place after last night's yankees game.

Venus In Virgo said...

Those look delicious! Im going to try that recipe out and I love the title Gluten free version lol!
thanks! have a great weekend XOXO

Punctuation Mark said...

love that you ventured to make something you couldn't eat into something just for you... sure they tasted delicious!

Stacey said...

Besides looking delicious and tasting yummy(which you confirmed), they are so perfectly shaped!:-). The chef may be onto something re you missing your calling:-). XX

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

As an adult, I have just started to appreciate these cookies =) Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Mmm so good! I must pass this recipe on to my mom. She would love these...and the fact that they are gluten free! I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend, Carrie!

Andee Layne said...

yumm! these have always been my favorite cookies! ill def have to try this gluten free version for my friend xoxo

Style Attic said...

Oh, I LOVE those things!!! I gobble them up by the tons at Christmas time :) Which will be right around the corner!! XOXO

Catita said...

hmmm yummie yummie yummie! that is it I am going to kitchen to bake too! But I've had in mind home made Oreo cookies for awhile so I'll start with those!
xoxo
Catita

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh, darling I have to make them...Those look and I bet taste like little pieces of heaven...I have to try them
Hugs and kisses, my dear
Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

Marissa said...

Ooh, thanks for the recipe! I almost never bake, but these are my absolute favorite cookies!

Style, She Wrote said...

Great gluten-free recipe! Thanks for posting!

Fashion Nicotine said...

Looks delicious!

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ryan said...

Oh dear, I just read your post and think I am going to go bake some cookies. An hour ago I was thinking it would be the perfect week to avoid any and all treats/snacks/junk food, haha get real. Love the photo too!

Ashley said...

Ohhhhh my gosh these look so delicious! I am definitely going to try out this recipe next weekend, and see if my BF can tell that they're gluten-free!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

style'n said...

Carrie-too funny! I went grocery shopping today and picked up a bag of Reeses cups. I cannot remember the last time I bought these and I just ate one two min ago. I am having some kind of peanut butter craving. So, I love seeing this recipe and it looks easy and delicious!

heather yalin said...

YUMM! Too bad I live so darn far away from you, otherwise I'd so be there to steal a few of your 52!

Krystal said...

these have ALWAYS been my favorite cookie growing up. always...the pic just made me homesick!

Lace.and.Likes. said...

i WANT one of those!!!

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