Low Carb Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut butter kiss cookies are a holiday tradition in my family. I have been eating these chocolatey, peanut butter packed cookies for as long as I can remember! They always just seem to make their way into my home around Christmas. Of course, once I started following a keto diet, I wasn’t able to have my mom's classic peanut butter blossom cookies. But no worries there- I just created a low carb version! It just really isn’t Christmas to me without these tasty little bite-sized cookies.
The history behind peanut butter blossoms is actually quite charming. A woman named Freda Smith from Ohio entered her cookie recipe into the Pillsbury bakeoff. Her peanut butter cookies adorned with a Hershey kiss center won first place! She also won $45,000 and that was quite the prize back in 1957 (and would still be a killer prize today!). Her original recipe is still on the back of the Hershey kiss bag and is considered to be the most popular recipe that ever came out of the Pillsbury baking competition.
I’m not exactly sure why these cookies ended up as a Christmas tradition in my home and many others around the world. Maybe it’s the rich chocolate or perhaps it is because of the “kiss” in the center (it is a time of year for love!). No matter what the reason, I am happy that these cookies became so popular and I get to eat as many as I want thanks to my keto-fied version.
Many keto cookie recipes use almond flour which, I must say, is my go-to flour as well. However, in order to get more peanut butter taste into these cookies, I opted to use peanut flour. You can find peanut flour online and in most health food stores. It is very similar to almond flour but a little denser. If you can’t find the peanut flour, almond flour will work as well!
The recipe is packed with regular peanut butter too. Be sure to use peanut butter that is unsweetened. Look for one that has only one ingredient: peanuts. This will have the fewest carbs and also the most flavor. You also want to make sure the chocolate kisses you use are keto-approved. I love using Lily’s baking chocolate because it is sweetened with stevia and contains no sugar. Pure, chocolatey goodness!
Of course, Lily’s chocolate is not in that classic kiss shape but you can try to create your own kiss by sticking a square of chocolate into the cookie dough at an angle, pointing a corner of the square upward. When the chocolate bakes, it will melt slightly and pool into the cookie. This will give you a makeshift kiss that will taste even better than it looks (they will still look quite delicious though!).
A few quick scoops of cookie dough and about 15 minutes in the oven and your keto peanut butter blossom cookies will be ready to enjoy. Keep this holiday traditional cookie alive by simply modifying it to fit your keto life. You will still get to enjoy an amazing cookie but without the guilt. The holidays should always be guilt-free and merry! Enjoy!
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