My mom has been making the ‘traditional’ version of this cookie for years. In fact, I knew them as ‘Amy and Dustin Cookies’ WAAAAAY before I ever heard them called Peanut Butter Blossoms. They don’t look very floral to me, but whatever…
My mom acquired this recipe of peanut butter sugary goodness from her friend years and years ago when our family lived in the little town of Tremonton. This sweet lady was also the mom to some of our favorite playmates, Amy and Dustin. I’m not sure how the name in our family evolved, but even after moving to California and now a LOT of years later, they’re still ‘Amy and Dustin Cookies’ to us.
After spending way too much time in the candy isle at Target the other day I got the idea to make up some Amy and Dustins in Valentine style. There’s a lot of heart shaped candy out there, but Hershey’s and Dove were my top two picks. In the end, I went with Dove, well, because Dove chocolate is pretty much irresistible. Dove = rich, smooth chocolatey goodness. And, Hershey’s wouldn’t have helped me make a signature cookie like Dove did:
Love that ‘D’!
I used both the milk and dark Doves. But, if you don’t have any chocolate laying around just get out your fork. These are great peanut butter cookies all on their own.
So, you’ve got a week to get yourself some chocolate and bake up these simple and LOVE filled treats. Come on share: who’s going to get a delivery from you? I won’t tell!
Amy & Dustin Cookies (also known as Peanut Butter Blossoms)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter (I love you Jif!)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
chocolate kisses or heart shaped chocolate candy, like Dove
additional sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 350. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the milk, vanilla and peanut butter. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to remaining ingredients.
Form dough into quarter sized balls and roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet. Press with a fork if you’re just going for peanut butter cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately push one chocolate heart into the middle of each cookie. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.