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Healthier peanut butter blossoms sit on a wire cooling rack in the upper right corner. In the upper left corner, is a dark green kitchen towel. Scattered about in the foreground are red, green, and silver foil wrapped Hershey kisses. This is the horizontal image.
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Healthier Peanut Butter Blossoms

These healthier peanut butter blossoms are great for Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, and for Santa's plate! ;)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, peanut butter blossoms
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 135kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 6 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (OR 1 large egg)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (OR any milk of your choice)
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4-1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling
  • 24 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped


  • Make sure oven rack is in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350F. Unwrap 24 Hershey Kisses into a bowl, and place in freezer.
  • In a large bowl, mix together extra light olive oil, unsweetened applesauce, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, baking soda, iodized salt, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and milk.
  • Add the flour and stir until combined. Cover bowl with saran wrap, and chill the dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes (don't skip this step!).
  • Remove dough from refrigerator. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar to coat. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cookies start to crack. Just before cookies are finished baking, remove Kisses from the freezer.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately press a Hershey kiss into the center of the cookie. The perimeter of the cookie will crackle as you press the kiss down. Carefully transfer cookies to a plate and place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour.



Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1.1mg | Sodium: 104.5mg | Potassium: 0.7mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 9.4g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg