Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies w/ Toffee Bits and Dark Chocolate Kisses

I think we’re all familiar with thumbprint cookies. I remember having them with jam in the middle or with milk chocolate kisses. These peanut butter thumbprint cookies with toffee bits and dark chocolate kisses are the perfect party cookie. You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to make them, they are good year round, but thumbprint cookies scream the holidays to me.

Peanut butter cookies are my absolute favorite and I use the same basic recipe and just switch it up a little with different ingredients. In my Nutty Sandwiches, I use chopped peanuts to add some crunch. For my thumbprint cookies, I decided to add some bits off toffee to make them extra crunchy and sweet.

English Toffee Bits

You can find these toffee bits already broken up in a bag on the baking aisle at your local grocery store, or you can buy whole candy bars and break them up. Buying them already broken up just saves an extra step, especially if you are doing a lot of baking around the holidays.

Tip: When I’m baking or preparing a meal, I like to put all of my ingredients and tools out on the counter and then clean up as I go. It helps me to be more efficient to set everything out before I begin and it makes clean up easier if I put things away as I go. I store a lot of staples such as flour and sugar in resealable containers.

Tip 2: Buy basics such as butter, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, etc. in the generic brand. There is no difference from the “name brand” and you’ll end up noticing significant savings in the long run. At our market, Kroger is the generic brand and it’s just as good as more expensive brands for most items.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

After you have made your peanut butter cookie dough, just stir in the toffee bits and roll the dough into small balls. You don’t have to measure or be precise here and your balls don’t have to be uniformly shaped. They will spread out while baking anyway, so it’s not imperative to make perfect little cookie balls.

This step is optional, but I like to roll the cookie balls into some sugar. This gives the cookies a little extra sweetness (but not too much) and some extra texture.

Peanut Butter Balls

There is no need to grease the cookie sheets, just spread out the dough balls evenly.

Raw Peanut Butter Balls

When they come out of the oven, place one dark chocolate kiss in the middle of each one and lightly press it down. You can use any flavor of kisses you like and there are some really fun holiday ones out around November/December, but our family prefers the dark chocolate over any of them and we usually have some on hand year-round. I unwrap the kisses while the cookies are baking, so they are ready to go when the cookies come out of the oven.

Thumbprint Cookies

Let them cool and remove from the cookie sheet. These are perfect for parties, to take to the office, to give to neighbors, teacher gifts, for your landscapers, housecleaners, dog groomer, mail carrier, or anyone you want to thank at the end of the year. You can wrap them up in a pretty tin or cellophane bags with festive ribbon. Just be sure to bake them right before you give them out, or they will magically disappear from the house before you get a chance to give them away. I am pretty sure the sock thieves and the cookie thieves are on in the same.

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Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies w/ Toffee Bits and Dark Chocolate Kisses

Yield: 36

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies w/ Toffee Bits and Dark Chocolate Kisses

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Extra sugar for coating cookies
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 36 dark chocolate Hershey kisses

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the sugars, egg, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Stir in toffee bits.
  • If necessary, cover and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place dough balls onto an engrossed cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake 7-9 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Pull the cookies out of the oven and place a Hershey kiss in the center of each cookie and lightly press down. Let cool before removing from the cookie sheet.
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