I forgot to post a recipe yesterday. Ooops. Here, have a Hanukkah recipe just because. LOL. I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere about a pagan posting a Hanukkah recipe!
Gelt Peanut Butter Blossoms
Total: 2 hr (includes chilling and cooling times)
Active: 25 min
Yield: 18 to 20 cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook’s Note)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (see Cook’s Note)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste
1 large egg
Nonstick cooking spray, for the baking sheet
1/2 cup blue and white nonpareil sprinkle mix (see Cook’s Note)
18 to 20 chocolate gelt candies, unwrapped and frozen
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
Add the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter and continue beating until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Put the blue and white nonpareils in a medium bowl.
Scoop the dough using a 3/4-ounce scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) and roll the dough into a ball. Continue scooping and rolling until you’ve used up about half the dough. Roll each ball in the sprinkles and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Chill the remaining dough while the first batch bakes.
Bake, rotating the baking sheet halfway through until the cookies are puffed and lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Immediately press a chocolate gelt into the center of each cookie. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. When the baking sheet is cool, spray again with nonstick spray and repeat with the remaining dough, sprinkles, and chocolate gelt.
When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.) Use regular creamy commercial-style peanut butter in this recipe and not the “natural” variety. We like the sweetness and texture it provides. Hanukkah sprinkle mixes, labeled as such, are often found during the holiday season. Or mix up your own blend of blue and white.