Back of the Box: Hershey's Kisses Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Where do the recipes on the back of cans of beans, boxes of cereal, bags of candy, jars of jam and other packaged foods come from? And more importantly, are they any good?

I figure they've got to be some of the best of the best recipes if they are worthy to be printed on every single container and were chosen by the corporate food gods, or test kitchens, if they have one, to best showcase the ingredient being sold.

Well, I'll test out those recipes for you as part of a new Eat My Charlotte series: "Back of the Box."

The first Back of the Box (or Bag, in this case) recipe to test: Hershey's Kisses: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

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I forgot how good these classic peanut butter and chocolate cookies are. Warm out of the oven, the peanut butter cookie is soft and the chocolate is melty (not fully melted, but not hard either).

Making them is a cinch: Make the dough, roll the dough into balls, roll the balls into sugar, bake. The fun part is mushing the Hershey's Kisses into the cookie balls when they come out of the oven.

I'd say this recipe is pretty darn good. There are a lot of impostor recipes out there, but I have absolutely no complaints with this one, so it's a winner. The cookies even stay soft and yummy on the second day.

Delightfully Delicious Hershey's Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl. Add 1/2 cup granulated and brown sugar, beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into mixure.

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

Back 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press at Kisses Chocolate into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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