Prep and Cook Time: about 35 minutes. Notes: These kid-pleasing, chocolate kiss-topped peanut butter cookies can be stored airtight for up to 2 days.
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces chocolate candy kisses (about 70)
How to Make It
In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar and peanut butter until very smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended.
Put remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in sugar to coat. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on buttered or cooking parchment- lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
Bake cookies in a 350° oven until slightly darker brown, 8 to 10 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Press a chocolate candy kiss into the center of each cookie (dough may crack). Continue to bake until chocolate is shiny and soft, about 3 minutes longer.
Using a wide spatula, transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely.