Peanut butter blossom cookie

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Peanut butter blossom cookie
Soft peanut butter cookie dough rolled in sugar, cooked and topped in center with Hershey Kisses milk chocolate
Alternative namesPeanut butter kiss cookie
TypePeanut butter cookie
CourseDessert or Snack
Place of originUnited States
Associated cuisineNorth American cuisine
Created byFreda Strasel Smith
Cooking time
Serving temperature48 cookies
Main ingredients
Ingredients generally used
VariationsMultiple, including using Hershey's Hugs, Candy Cane Kisses, Caramel Kisses, Cocoa for Chocolate Peanut Butter dough
Food energy
(per 1 cookie serving)
90 kcal (377 kJ)Fat Secret
Nutritional value
(per 1 cookie serving)
Carbohydrate10 g

The peanut butter blossom cookie originated in 1957, is made with a peanut butter cookie dough, and is topped with a piece of chocolate candy. The cookie is considered a snack or dessert and is often served at events or during holidays in the United States.

The exact term "peanut butter blossom cookie" refers to the original variation of the cookie – a soft peanut butter cookie rolled in granulated sugar and topped with a Hershey's Kiss. However, many variations on the recipe have since evolved to include different flavors, both in the dough or as the topping.

The classic peanut butter blossom cookie can be easily adapted for different occasions.[1]


The cookie originated in Gibsonburg, Ohio, as an entry into the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.[2] The cookie was originally named Black-eyed Susans, but was renamed by Pillsbury to the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie.[3]

The original cookie recipe can be found on the back of the Hershey's Kisses bag, and in the 9th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cookbook[4]

Authors of dessert recipe books, cooking blogs and websites have since created their own variations on the cookie.



Freda Strasel Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio, created the cookie by substituting chocolate chips out for Hershey's Kisses[5] in a batch of peanut butter cookie dough. Due to the size of a Hershey's Kiss, it was placed on top in the center of the cookie after it was baked instead of mixed in the dough like a traditional chocolate chip peanut butter cookie.

In 1957, Smith entered the cookie, then called Black-eyed Susans, into the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.[6] Pillsbury changed the name to Peanut Butter Blossom following its success in the competition.[3]

The peanut butter blossom cookie went through to the final round of the competition held in Beverly Hills, California, and finished in third place.[7]

Later history[edit]

The peanut butter blossom cookie has become a recognized dessert across the US, largely due to Pillsbury and the Hershey Company capitalizing on the popularity of the cookie after the contest by using the recipe to promote their own brands.

In 1965, Pillsbury filmed a commercial in New York City featuring Freda Smith's daughter, Jo Anne Smith Lytle, making the famous peanut butter blossom cookies.[8]

Pillsbury Company stated the Peanut Butter Blossom is one of the most famous recipes ever entered into the bake-off contest,[9] despite it not winning 1st prize.[10]

In 1999, the Peanut Butter Blossom cookie was one of ten recipes inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame[11] at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.[12]

Hershey's Marketing[edit]

The Hershey Company capitalized on the recipe by including it on every bag of Hershey's Kisses after Freda Smith placed in the 1957 competition, which helped promote and grow the peanut butter blossom cookie to what it is today – a cookie frequently found on Christmas dessert tables across the US,[13] as well as a popular option on cookie tables at weddings.[14]

The Original Peanut Butter Blossom[edit]

The original recipe created by Freda Smith can be found on Pillsbury's website,[15] and is the same recipe Hershey still promotes to this day.[16]

To make the Hershey's Kiss stick in the cookie, it needs to be pressed into the center as soon as the cookies come out of the oven and are still hot.[17] It is advised the paper plume and aluminum foil be removed from the Kiss prior to baking the cookie.

Nutritional Information[edit]

1 cookie contains 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.[18]

Peanut Butter Blossoms)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
10.0 g
Sugars6 g
Dietary fiber.7 g
6.0 g
2.0 g
Vitamin C
0 mg
0 mg
0 mg
0 mg
75 mg

Percentages estimated using US recommendations for adults,[19] except for potassium, which is estimated based on expert recommendation from the National Academies.[20]


There are many variations to this classic cookie.[21] Cookbooks, cooking blogs and websites have published many twists on this easy, simple cookie recipe. To get more festive for holidays, bakers add colored sugar crystals, or to get more of a peanut butter taste, bakers use a peanut butter cup in place of the Hershey's Kiss.[22] Some variations on the cookie use a Hershey's Hugs to add white chocolate into the cookie.

Another option is to add more chocolate by using cocoa powder in the dough.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crocker, Betty (2019). Betty Crocker Cookies: Irresistibly Easy Recipes for Any Occasion. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 350. ISBN 978-0-358-11815-2. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Cookies: Tracking the tale of a favorite – the Peanut Blossom". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Kathie (May 25, 1999). "Classic Cookie Puts Ohio Woman into the Pillsbury Hall of Fame". Toledo Blade. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Biggest Mistake America Made In 1957". HuffPost. December 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies".
  6. ^ "Peanut blossom cookies with a more robust peanut flavor". AP NEWS. February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cookie recipe blossoms". The News-Messenger.
  8. ^ Kitchen, Lori Fogg, A. Coalcracker in the. "Peanut Blossom Cookies, a holiday favorite".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Sember, Brette (October 21, 2012). COOKIE: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes, and More About Our Most Beloved Treat. Sember Resources. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-9845026-9-1. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "8 Things You Didn't Know About the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest".
  11. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (May 1, 2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199885763 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Collection - contents · SOVA".
  13. ^ "Peanut Butter Blossoms". A Bountiful Kitchen. December 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Lieber, Ron (December 15, 2009). "The Wedding? I'm Here for the Cookies". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "Peanut Blossoms".
  16. ^ "Peanut Butter Blossoms | HERSHEY'S Kitchens".
  17. ^ "Peanut Butter Blossoms". October 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Calories in Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms and Nutrition Facts".
  19. ^ United States Food and Drug Administration (2024). "Daily Value on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels". Retrieved March 28, 2024.
  20. ^ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Food and Nutrition Board; Committee to Review the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium (2019). Oria, Maria; Harrison, Meghan; Stallings, Virginia A. (eds.). Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium. The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (US). ISBN 978-0-309-48834-1. PMID 30844154.
  21. ^ "Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms". Sally's Baking Addiction. December 9, 2016.
  22. ^ "10 Festive Cookie Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Sprit". Spoon University. December 23, 2016.