In the United States, Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are a well known and popular cookie recipe that often makes an appearance around Christmas time. As you may know, I recently moved to Australia (2 months ago today actually), and had a strongggg craving for these cookies around Christmas time!
Most of my friends and coworkers had never heard of these cookies (or biscuits, as Australians call them), so I decided to take action and whip up a batch of deliciousness. Knowing that the Christmas season would bring a lot of eating and some drinking, I chose to craft up a healthier version.
There are several recipes out there, but I used this one (with a change in several ingredients to replace eggs, butter, and sugar).
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (replaces the butter)
- 3/4 cup of reduced fat peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of stevia (replaces sugar)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (replaces the egg)
- 2 tablespoons of 1% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- NO SALT
- Extra 1 cup of sugar/stevia to roll dough into
- 48 hershey’s kisses
- Beat peanut butter and banana in a bowl
- Add 1/3 cup stevia and brown sugar and mix together
- Stir in flour (measure correctly)
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir together, and cover with cling wrap
- Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour
- If the dough is too liquidy, you can add a bit more flour to it
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll into the sugar/stevia
- Bake 9-11mins (depends on oven, keep an eye on it).
- Once pulled out, put the chocolate kisses on top of cookies right away and let cool.
When I went on the hunt to find the ingredients, I found everything except the Hershey’s kisses! I didn’t think they would be that hard to find here since I have seen so many American candies in Australia, but I was wrong. My boss found a small bag for me, and the rest of the cookies had to have a Hershey’s drop instead because I kind of gave up looking. (Of course, I now see Hershey’s kisses everywhere now that I don’t need them).
These cookies turned out amazing, and they were SUCH a hit at my office. So happy with the result! To find the baking substitutes, I turned to Google and found this super helpful guide: