Peanut butter chocolate star cookies disappear quicker than any others!
Besides the chocolate chip cookies, the recipe I can remember always being my favorite was the peanut butter blossoms or peanut butter chocolate star cookies. And even to this day, I can’t eat just one. I have to have at least 2 or 3 every time that my hand goes into the proverbial cookie jar. I’m telling you, these cookies disappear quicker than any others! They are so good. Unfortunately, I normally only make them around the holidays. But I’ve been trying to make them more often since everyone in my house likes them. I also use them to bribe my brother to come do odd jobs for me. What can I say, he’s cheap labor (but very talented)!
He’s always so good to come help me out with the little jobs around the house that my husband or I aren’t talented enough to accomplish. And always willing to help me out with little tasks when they come to visit. It’s kind of a running joke that he doesn’t come to the house without his toolbox because I always have something for him to do when he’s there. I’m hoping to get him to help me with new deck railings sometime this summer but he’s telling me that it might cost me more than just a plate or two of cookies for a job like that! But when all else fails, I offer up babysitting duty for him and his wife to get a weekend getaway. That usually does the job! hehe
I know you can see a lot of different looking peanut butter blossoms. I like mine to have a little more cookie and I like them a little thicker. But to start, they are a pretty basic peanut butter cookie recipe. You do need to spend a little extra time on them by rolling them each into balls and then rolling them in sugar. You need to carefully place the tray in the oven so the peanut butter dough balls don’t roll all to one side. And yes, I’m speaking from experience there. LOL
After the cookies have baked for a little bit and are starting to crack on the top, you take them out of the oven long enough to put a chocolate star in the middle and press it down just a little. Some people use chocolate kisses but I never wanted to spend all that time unwrapping each kiss. I’d probably have to buy more kisses before I got them all unwrapped. Unwrap one, eat one, unwrap one, put in the pile for cookies, unwrap one, eat one, you get the idea?!? Chocolate stars just all come in one bag and I can eat just a couple without impacting the cookie making too much.
But I will tell you that if you’re planning on making these cookies around Christmas time, you might want to get stars early! In the past, I’ve had to go to several stores to find the stars during the holiday season because this recipe is obviously so popular. Now, I just keep a bag in the fridge most of the time. Then I have them handy for bribery or a special treat for the family.
After you’ve put the stars on the cookies, stick them back in the oven for two minutes. Enough time to let the stars or kisses melt. Once they’ve come out, I let them sit up for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and transfer them to foil to cool. They are the very best out of the oven when the cookie is still really soft and the chocolate is melted. But truth be told, I’ll eat them anytime!
The cookie is nice and chewy and you get a little bite of chocolate with it. I think everyone has a different way of eating them. Some people eat the chocolate star first and then the cookie part. Then there’s the people that eat around the chocolate and then eat the chocolate last. People like me eat half the cookie part and then the chocolate. After that, then finish up with the rest of the cookie part. And some take the perfect bite of cookie with a little chocolate.
However you think you’d eat them, you really need to eat them! Well, make them first and then eat them! They are so good and not just for holidays anymore!