It takes loads for me to get thus far, however I’m SICK of the kitchen. It’s usually my go-to blissful place (proper earlier than or after the treadmill or Peloton, relying on my temper), however I’ve spent an exorbitant period of time within the kitchen over the previous few days.

It began final week with Buckeye making. Doubling the recipe on a weeknight? Bad thought. But, carried out. Also made Peanut Clusters that evening. Over the weekend, I made a triple batch of Turtle Cookies, a double batch of Peppermint Oreo Truffles, and a double batch of those Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms – my solely new addition to the cookie line-up this 12 months.

After all of that, I noticed that nothing with a nut/nut butter can go to the ladies’ college and so I could must endure by cutout cookies. Or perhaps everybody love Peppermint Oreo Truffles and I say mercy. Probably that.

Yesterday afternoon was spent at a neighborhood emergency shelter making ready dinner for a number of dozen adults and youngsters. It was a number of enjoyable, however alas, it was time within the kitchen that was adopted up by prepping the crock pot meal for tonight, making ready dinner (leftovers rely!), and coming dwelling tonight to organize 2 from-scratch lasagnas for my guide membership tomorrow evening – two totally different recipes, as well. It’s the second 12 months I’m internet hosting and whereas we did Jets pizza supply final 12 months, somebody (oops) thought home made lasagna seemed like a greater possibility. Hope they’re delish!

Needless to say, my ft actually ache. And it might go with out saying, however this lady is OFF DUTY the remainder of the week. Leftovers are plentiful and the freezer choices are plentiful. My subsequent escapade could also be Paula Deen’s home made cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning as a result of…custom. I’ve already put my mother on discover that she’s liable for serving to out with apps on Christmas – we do an all afternoon/night nosh session on appetizers and I wouldn’t have it some other method. I’ll provide you with the specialty cocktail 😉

I whine and complain however you KNOW I wouldn’t have it some other method. Next 12 months, these Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms will make a reappearance. For a number of causes. 1. Look at that pink. Gorg. 2. They’re straightforward. three. A single batch makes a TON and four. They’re basic with a cultured spin. They most positively caught my eye!

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms


Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  10 minutes

Total time:  25 minutes

Serves: 4½ dozen



  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp entire milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pink gel meals coloring
  • three Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup pink sanding sugar
  • 54 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped


  1. Heat oven to 375 levels F. Line a number of baking sheets with parchment paper and put aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar for two minutes on medium velocity. Turn mixer to low and add in egg, milk, vanilla, and pink meals coloring. Mix for about 30 seconds to include, then flip mixer to medium-high and mix till gentle and fluffy, scraping down the perimeters of the bowl, as wanted.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk collectively the cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. With mixer on sluggish, add flour combination to sugar combination and beat till simply mixed.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Pour pink sanding sugar onto small plate or bowl. Roll dough ball in pink sanding sugar and place on ready cookie sheet about 2 inches aside. Bake for eight to 10 minutes.
  5. Once cookies are carried out baking, take away from oven and instantly press a chocolate Kiss into the middle of every cookie. The cookie ought to crack round edges.
  6. Allow cookies to chill utterly earlier than eradicating from baking sheets.

Nutrition Information

Serving dimension: 1 cookie Calories: 98 Fat: 5.1 Carbohydrates: 12.7 Sugar: 9.2 Sodium: 49 Fiber: zero.three Protein: 1.6 Cholesterol: eight


Be nicely,


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