A perfectly chewy peanut butter cookie on the inside with a sugary slightly crunchy exterior topped with a Hershey's kiss. These cookies are the perfect ratio of peanut butter and chocolate! Easily switch things up with your favorite candy on top. Love caramel? Try a Rolo's! Prefer dark chocolate? Dove candies chocolate are a match!
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine shortening and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy..
Add the 1/2 c. granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure that all of the dough is evenly mixed.
Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined.
Beat in flour with the mixer. If this task becomes too difficult for your hand mixer, use a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls using a cookie scoop.
Place the 1/4 c. granulated sugar in a small bowl; roll balls in sugar to coat.
Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Be careful not to over bake.
Immediately press chocolate into the center of each cookie. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Baking 2009