Easy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie

It doesn’t surprise me when millennial aged parents are surveyed and say they want to make spending time with their family their number one priority during the holiday season. According to PBS KIDS the Millennial Parent Holiday Survey, which was released December 4, 2014, found that 82% of the respondents crave more family time and 80% want to spend more time playing with their children this holiday season.

PBS Kids reports: “Along with spending more time with family, topping the list of activities millennial parents want to do more of this season are cooking/baking (69%).” Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, says, “We learned from this survey that during the holidays parents value quality family time and educational resources for their kids. At PBS KIDS we share these core values, and are dedicated to providing families with educational content and resources that they can enjoy together, not just during the holidays, but all year-long.”

Here at Kitchen Explorers we love encouraging parents and their children to cook and bake together as a way to connect and spend quality time with one another. Today’s recipe is a classic holiday treat: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. These cookies have been my son’s favorite cookie to make together year after year. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 36 chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, peanut butter, and egg.
  3. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, refrigerate 1/2 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from oven. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each warm cookie.