Whatever you call them — Kiss Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, or just pure heaven — these chocolate-and-peanut-butter delights have been an American tradition for more than 50 years. The now-famous cookies made their debut back in 1957 when Freda Smith of Ohio and her “Peanut Blossoms” recipe advanced to the finals of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.
The cookies have only one downside: They’re impossible to stack in care packages, so they’re pretty much guaranteed to arrive in Iraq or Afghanistan in sad crumbles.
But there is an easy solution …
By making one little tweak to the recipe, you can help them journey safely overseas: Simply insert the chocolate kiss candies upside-down in the cookies.
The cookies are as delicious as their right-side-up cousins, but the flat candy bottoms — now peeking out of the top — make the cookies easy to stack and pack for shipping.
Recipes for success
There are hundreds of versions of this cookie recipe posted online, but you can’t go wrong with these two classics:
- The original 1950s Peanut Blossoms recipe that won a spot in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest
- The Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe that is printed on bags of Hershey’s Kisses chocolates
World War II disrupted the production of Hershey’s Kisses chocolates for the only time since their introduction in 1907. No chocolate kisses were made from 1942 to 1949 because of shortages — and rationing — of aluminum foil, which is used to wrap these sweet treats.