Valentine’s Peanut Butter Hug Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day, all!  I hope this day of love (and greeting cards, chocolates, and roses) has been nothing but lovely to you all.  Tell someone you love them today, shout it from the rooftop if you please.  Also consider making these cookies because they are sparkly and delicious.

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Valentine’s Peanut Butter Hug Cookies               Print Recipe Here

From Life Is Sweet

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Pink or Red & Yellow Food Coloring
Pink or Red sprinkles
Hershey’s Hugs

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375.  Add the butter, shortening, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl.  Cream together.  Add the sugars, egg, and milk and mix until combined.  Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix until combined.  Add your food coloring until you achieve the color you want.  I would recommend adding a little food coloring, mixing, and then adding more if necessary until you are happy with the hue.

Roll the dough into 1 1/2 – 2 inch balls and roll in sprinkles and place on an ungreased cookie sheet a few inches apart from each other.  Bake  for 9-11 minutes.  Remove from the oven and place a Hug in the center of each cookie.  Let the cookies cool completely to allow the Hug to harden up again.  Enjoy!

Add butter, shortening, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl.  Cream together.

Add butter, shortening, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl. Cream together.

Add sugars, egg, and milk.  Mix it up.

Add sugars, egg, and milk. Mix it up.

Add in flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Mix until combined.

Add in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until combined.

Add in your food coloring.  I didn't have pink so I opted for red and a little yellow.

Add in your food coloring. I didn’t have pink so I opted for red and a little yellow.

Add the coloring a few drops at a time (I did 2:1 red: yellow) until you reach the desired color.

Add the coloring a few drops at a time (I did 2:1 red: yellow) until you reach the desired color.

Not super pink, a little more salmon colored, but oh well!

Not super pink, a little more salmon colored, but oh well!

Roll the dough into balls and have sprinkles ready.

Roll the dough into balls and have sprinkles ready.

I used some pink and some red sprinkles to add the sparkly coat.

I used some pink and some red sprinkles to add the sparkly coat.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  My cookies were a little too close together, but oh well!

Immediately plop your Hersey's Hugs into the cookies.  Let them cool completely.

Immediately plop your Hersey’s Hugs into the cookies. Let them cool completely.

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Have a happy Valentine’s evening!  I’m off to enjoy a nice dinner and movie at home with my Joshua. 🙂

xo,xo,

Melissa

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