I have always enjoyed baking. It was the first thing I learned to do in the kitchen and it has remained one of my favorites.
Cookies are especially fun to make and even better to eat! Christmas is that time of year when I bake dozens of cookies, gorge myself and swear I’ll never eat another cookie as long as I live. This year, several weeks into the new year, my grandson, Andrew, asked me if I had any “Jesus cookies” left over. I had no idea what he was talking about and he explained that he was referring to the peanut butter cookies I had made at Christmas. I asked him why he called them that and he said that “they were so good, Jesus must have given me the recipe”. God, I love that kid!!!
The recipe is an old one…the cookies are actually known as “Peanut Butter Blossoms” and they are meant to have a Hershey’s Kiss pressed into the top. At the time, I had run out of Kisses and decided to score the tops of the remaining cookies, with the traditional tic-tac-toe, making them plain ole’ peanut butter cookies…These were the cookies that Andrew fell in love with. And, just like that, using me as His instrument, “Jesus Cookies” were created…Who knew??
Today I was racking my brain, trying to come up with a treat for Andrew’s after-school-snack and remembered this story. Yes, at 11, Andrew is quite the foodie…Among his favorite snacks are chocolate covered strawberries and banana-Nutella crepes. ( I cannot lie; I enjoy and look forward to “his” snacks just as much as he does!) So, I decided to whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms, sans the Hershey’s Kiss and made one young man veeerrry happy today! When he got in the car after school, I told him I had made him a surprise snack…he guessed it right away…”You made Jesus cookies??” Yes, I did!
(aka: Peanut Butter Blossoms)
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ c. peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 2 c. Bisquick baking mix
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Granulated sugar
- Hershey’s Kisses (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, beat condensed milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add Bisquick and mix well. Be careful not to overheat mixer, as batter will be VERY thick, and hard to beat. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll dough balls in sugar and place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. If you want a regular peanut butter cookie, press a fork into the top of the cookie to make a tic-tac-toe (#) impression and slightly flatten the cookie ball. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until lightly browned. (Do not over bake!) Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and remove cookies quickly from baking sheet.
Note: If you choose to make the Peanut Butter Blossom, omit the tic-tac-toe and press chocolate kisses into the center of each cookie immediately, when they come out of the oven.