For those who have been born after the ’50s, there’s one vacation cookie that can immediately make you nostalgic in your childhood: the peanut butter blossom. It is onerous to think about a world with out candy peanut butter cookies paired with milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, however such a spot existed earlier than 1957. The origins of this retro dessert hint again to the legendary Mrs. Freda F. Smith from Ohio, whose authentic recipe gained the Pillsbury’s Bake-Off Contest. One enormous fan of those timeless sweets is Salon’s resident pastry chef, Meghan McGarry of Buttercream Blondie.
“I’d bake peanut butter blossoms yearly over the vacations with my Nan rising up,” McGarry remembers to Salon. “So many life-long recollections are made within the kitchen. A few years in the past, I got here throughout Nan’s recipe after I was cleansing out my cookbooks to work by myself. Straight away, blissful ideas of our time baking collectively rushed by means of my head. I smiled.”
To honor Nan and the opposite grandmothers like her who’ve handed down their very own variations of this retro recipe to the following technology over the many years, McGarry did what she does greatest. The pastry chef gave traditional peanut butter blossoms one in every of her signature dessert makeovers, which reinvents them for adults who’re nonetheless children at coronary heart. Her grown-up model of those nostalgic cookies are good for Halloween, as a result of they’re no tricks — just treats. However you will wish to print out the directions so as to add to your personal recipe assortment so you possibly can revisit it all year long.
The consequence: McGarry’s Easy Peanut Butter Cups, which characteristic bourbon peanut butter cookies, a spiked darkish chocolate ganache, peanut butter drizzle and flaky sea salt. The bourbon, brown sugar, peanut butter and sea salt all work collectively to create the right salty-sweet chew. Upgrades apart, these easy-to-make cookies nonetheless style like nostalgia.
This new recipes solves an age-old drawback: Once you press a chocolate Kiss inside an conventional peanut butter blossom after it comes out of the oven, it feels prefer it takes without end for it to set. Typically, they fall out as quickly as you are taking a chew. And there is no sadder destiny for a chunk of chocolate than seeing it wind up on the ground.
To resolve this, McGarry swaps the standard Kiss along with her selfmade bourbon darkish chocolate ganache. McGarry makes her cookies in a mini-muffin with a view to create a cookie cup. Once you take her cookies out of the oven, you instantly create an indentation within the heart of every one. This creates a cup to carry the ganache, guaranteeing that each little bit of chocolate finally ends up the place it belongs: your mouth.
Whereas this dessert would style good if you happen to stopped there, McGarry takes her makeover one step additional by dressing up her cookies with a easy but refined peanut butter drizzle. Because the previous adage goes, “The extra peanut butter, the higher.” And the icing on the proverbial cake is flaky sea salt.
Among the best half about these cookies is how simple it’s to personalize them. Whereas McGarry recommends darkish chocolate for the ganache, you possibly can choose your favourite chocolate (or no matter you will have readily available). You’ll be able to swap the flaky sea salt with crushed honey roasted peanuts if you happen to desire one thing on the sweeter aspect. Rainbow sprinkles additionally add a festive contact across the holidays.
The ethical of the story? Your children aren’t the one ones who get to take pleasure in one thing candy over the vacations. Whether or not you are trying to deal with your self, host just a few mates over or reward a deal with to somebody, these cookies are the right chew for each scenario. They’re going to make time stand nonetheless.
That is the the sixth in a sequence of McGarry’s sequence of go-to seasonal bakes for Salon Food. It follows an apple loaf cake, which was a heat welcome to fall; and apple crisp bars, which magnified the star fruit of the season; and apple crumb cake, which served up nostalgia in a no-fuss bake. It additionally joins two brand-new cookies: apple cranberry oatmeal and Irish cream pumpkin. For those who’re in search of a kid-friendly Halloween recipe, try her spooky spider cake.
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups:
- 1 and three/4 cups AP flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup gentle brown sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste, or extract
- 2 Tbsp. bourbon
- 2 tsp. heavy cream
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups:
- Preheat oven to 375 levels. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda. Put aside.
Click here to access the remainder of Meghan McGarry’s Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. And remember to follow @ButtercreamBlondie on Instagram for extra methods to bake by means of the vacations.