Peanut Butter Yum-Yum Cookies – Santa’s Favorite!

Santa stops by our house each year to bring gifts for the kids, but I’m certain that he makes sure to stop for one thing: the Peanut Butter Yum-Yum Cookies! These cookies have long been a dear favorite of the man in red. He’ll occasionally leave a few cookies behind – clearly, one can only ingest so many cookies in one night – but never once have one of these cookies been left on the plate. The same is true with me. In fact, I got a tummy ache the last time I made them because I ate so many!

I hope you and your family enjoy this simple twist on a an already delicious treat and hand down this Peanut Butter Yum-Yum Cookie Recipe to many generations to come.

Peanut Butter Yum-Yum Cookies

Peanut Butter Yum-Yum Cookie Recipe


1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup peanut butter (I prefer creamy, but you can use crunchy if you like)
1 1/8 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 packages Hershey’s Kisses (I prefer to use the Milk Chocolate, but feel free to experiment!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix together butter, peanut butter, vanilla extract and sugar until well blended. You should have a nice, creamy mixture. Beat in the 2 eggs.

In a separate mixing bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients together except for 1/8 cup of  white sugar and Hershey’s Kisses. Slowly stir this dry mix into the creamy mixture until well blended. Refrigerate for about an hour.

Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls. Place balls onto ungreased cookie sheet, about 2-3 inches apart. I pat mine down just a little bit so that they don’t roll around as I’m moving the sheet to the oven.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a nice golden brown. As the cookies bake, unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses. You’ll need to unwrap one for each cookie you have on the sheet, usually a dozen.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle lightly with white sugar and quickly top with a Hershey’s Kiss, pressing the candy down into the center just enough to hold it in place. The heat from the cookie will melt it just enough to stick. Allow cookies to cool 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to complete the cooling process.

Hint: These cookies are delicious warm or cool, but don’t eat too many in one sitting or you’ll give yourself a tummy ache!

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