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You know the one. The classic favorite peanut butter cookie with a thumb print center and a HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolate to top it all off. But how did it all get started? While we certainly can’t take credit for the famous cookie’s origin, they’ve become a staple in cookie making line-ups for cookie and chocolate lovers alike. We’re taking a closer look at how it all began and how families are continuing to keep this old tradition new and exciting.

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We love the origin of the famous cookie, because of how it came to be. This wasn’t a world-renowned baking master. It was someone having fun in her own kitchen, using the ingredients she happened to have in her pantry!

In 1957, Freda Smith entered an annual national bake-off contest, submitting a peanut butter cookie topped with a single HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolate. While it didn’t win the grand prize, it became a popular runner-up, garnering multiple accolades and later publication in a series of recipe books. Since then, it’s been made in homes all over, year after year.

HERSHEY’S KISSES Blossoms Today

There’s no single reason this simple cookie became so popular. Maybe it’s because peanut butter and chocolate is a magical combination. Or perhaps the inspiration that it was made almost by accident by getting creative in the kitchen. Either way, HERSHEY’S KISSES Blossoms are super easy to whip up and still taste like a winning treat. And that’s something we can all appreciate.

If you haven’t already tried it, make this an easy cookie-making tradition for you and your family share. Find the quick-and-easy and from-scratch recipe on Hersheylands.com.

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Ways to Make Even More Tradition

HERSHEY’S KISSES Blossoms have made their way into many of our homes as both a seasonal and everyday treat and tradition. To us, they’re not just a delicious cookie, they’re a way to slow down and spend quality time with the ones we love, sharing joy with others. Here are a few ideas on how to make these moments extra special.

Kids get to add the finishing touch

While the entire process is a fun way to bond with your family, the most fun part is getting to complete and transform each cookie with the HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolate topper. Have your kids take turns “KISS-ing” each cookie.

Choose a special day or holiday to bake these cookies

Like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, maybe these cookies only come around once a year. It makes it that much more special to make or snack on. Or choose a random day and make the holiday the cookies themselves!

Have your own Blossom bake-off contest

Get creative with your friends or family and host your own Blossom Cookie Bake-Off contest. Everyone has to come up with their own spin on the classic HERSHEY’S KISSES Blossom cookie. You can either have one winner or award different categories like “Most Chocolatel-y” or “Most Creative”. Let’s be honest, everyone wins!

Red and Green Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms on a festive background

Blossoming Up New Ideas with HERSHEY’S KISSES

Even though you can’t go wrong with the original, it’s always fun to explore new recipes and additions. In fact, we’ve seen some great ideas from you all over the years. Here are some of your favorite spins on the classic.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

No-Bake Peanut Butter Blossoms

What Will the Next 60 Years Taste Like?

Keep making those HERSHEY’S KISSES Blossom Cookies and we’ll keep supplying the most important ingredient: the HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates!