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Peanut Butter - Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Desserts
Servings: 36
Author: Susan Pridmore

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter room temp
  • 3 ounces peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2.8 ounces confectioners sugar sifted, plus some for sifting over the baked cookies at the end
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1.5 ounces unsweetened cacao chocolate powder
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Fit a pastry bag with a tip for the shape you wish to pipe. Bigger is better here, as the cookie dough can be a little stiff. If you don't plan to pipe the cookies, they can be spooned out onto the prepared baking sheet too.
  • Beat the softened butter and peanut butter with a paddle attachment until lighter in color and creamy (about 2 -3 minutes). The color changes due to the air being whipped into it, which translates into a fluffy base for the cookie.
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt. When fully incorporated, add the sugars and beat again until fully incorporated, starting on low speed.
  • Add the cocoa powder and egg and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Sift in the flour in thirds and mix in using a rubber spatula until flour is just incorporated before adding the next 1/3. Do not over-mix as this will result in a tougher cookie.
  • If you're piping the cookies, spoon ½ cookie dough into the pastry bag and pipe cookies onto the parchment paper or silpat, 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart from each other. I pipe mine about 1 1/2" in diameter at their base. They will spread a bit in the oven from the butter, and the tops will sink a bit, but the overall shape should hold fine.
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until just starting to set up. Do not cook until they become hard or browned.
  • Cool on a cooling rack. For larger cookies, you may want to let them cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to a cooking rack.
  • Sift with a little confectioners sugar just before serving.