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Simple Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt

Wow! I was amazed when I tried these Simple Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt! Because I have the unpopular opinion of Peanut Butter – I don’t love it. Ok, before you decide to hate on me, I like the taste of peanut butter, a little. But, I don’t love the smell. But, when I tasted these cookies, I really enjoyed them. It was the perfect balance of sweetness, and the dark chocolate kiss on top really made this a delicious cookie!

close up of a peanut butter spelt cookie with a dark chocolate kiss candy melted onto the top
Putting the Kiss on while the cookies are still hot, makes that delicious dark chocolate melt just a little, it is hard to wait for them to cool to sneak a bite!

Why I Don’t Love Peanut Butter?

Firstly, I do like Peanut Butter, I just don’t LOVE peanut butter. Ever since I was pregnant for my, now teenage son, the smell has made me slightly nauseated, lol. So, when I want to eat it, I just need to hold my breath. However, Peanut Butter is a very popular choice for the rest of my family. They all love it! So, It is only right for me to still make them delicious goodies with it, right?

white Bosch Compact tilt stand mixer mixing peanut butter cookie dough.

Why Are My Peanut Butter Cookies Always Hard?

This is a common question for cookies in general, but seems to be very common in Peanut Butter Cookies. Typically hard cookies are a result of over baking. Most cookies only need about 8 minutes or so in the oven at 350*F to bake. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is the most common. Also, adding brown sugar in place of some or all of the white sugar, will lend a chewier cookie instead of a hard crispy cookie. Lastly, to make a cookie soft, make sure to sure butter, and not margarine or shortening. As these fats will lend to a crispier cookie. So, to sum up, to make cookies soft & chewy instead of hard and crispy

  • Don’t over bake the cookies, they only need about 8-9 mins or so at 350* F
  • Use Butter as the fat
  • Substitute half, or all of the sugars for brown sugar
left pic shows hand scooping peanut butter cookie dough with a cookie scoop, right pic shows a tray of baked cookies with the Kiss candies on top
Using my favorite cookie scoop on the left, and the finished Peanut Butter Kiss Spelt Cookies on the right.

Ingredients For These Simple Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt

  • 2&1/2 cup Fresh Milled Spelt Flour (315g) (Mill 315g of Spelt Berries)
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) (225g)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (150g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150g)
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (225g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla I love to make mine HERE is how
  • 1&1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Package of Dark Chocolate Kiss Candies
purple package of dark chocolate Hershey kiss candies opened with some of the kisses out of the package revealing the purple foil wrapped candies

We really love theses Special Dark Hershey Kiss Candies. You could use regular Kisses, or even a different flavor, you choose what your family loves!

Instructions To Make This Simple Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt Recipe

  1. Preheat Oven to 375* F
  2. Mill Spelt Flour
  3. Add salt & baking soda to the flour
  4. Cream butter and sugars with the peanut butter for 1-3 mins until creamy.
  5. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Next, add eggs, one at a time, until fully combined
  7. Then Slowly add flour mixture, mix until combined, and no dry flour is showing.
  8. Roll dough into 1 inch balls (Or use a cookie scoop, I love THIS one!)
  9. Place dough balls onto a lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other.
  10. Bake for 8-9 mins.
  11. After they are baked, and still warm, place a Candy Kiss in the center of the cookie and press down slightly.
  12. Let the cookies cool for 5 mins on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
plate with whole spelt berries (plumper & more red in color) and hard white wheat berries (thinner and more yellow in color) showing the difference between them
Whole Spelt on the left, and whole hard white wheat on the right. Look how they differ in color, shape, and size!

Is Spelt Flour Good For Baking Cookies?

Yes! Spelt is an excellent choice for baking cookies. It has a nutty flavor to it, and lends itself nicely in baked sweets! It does not contain as much gluten as a hard wheat, so it is great in pastries, cookies, cakes, muffins, and quick breads.

What Is Spelt Flour Made From?

Spelt Flour is made from a whole Spelt berry or kernel. The Spelt Berry or Kernel is milled in a grain mill to make a wonderfully nutritious and delicious flour. When Spelt is freshly milled, it contains the germ, endosperm, and the bran. Typically, in commercial flours, the bran and germ is sifted out completely. The nutrition of the wheat berry is in the bran and germ. And, this is even the case in commercial whole wheat flour, as well, which only contains a fraction of the bran put back into the sifted flour.

metal bowl half full of fresh milled flour with a black measuring cup in it
A bowl full of freshly milled Spelt Flour

Why Would You Use Spelt Flour?

There are many reasons to choose spelt as your go-to flour of choice. First, Spelt flour is packed full of nutrition, as long as it is fresh milled and contains all the nutritious parts (Bran and germ.) Spelt is a wheat variety, and considred an “ancient grain.” It has a soft texture as compared to commercial hard wheats, and has a sweet, nutty type flavor. The fresh milled spelt makes quite a light and airy flour. Also, spelt has a high protein content. It does contain some gluten, but it tends to rise out instead of up. Therefore, in raised bread, it is best to mix it with a hard wheat varieties.

hand scooping out whole wheat berries from a clear square shaped plastic storage bin
This is my Spelt in the adorable Everyday Grain Storage Bins I LOVE! You can grab them HERE

Why Is Spelt So Special?

Well, Spelt is the only grain that contains mucopolysaccharides. This is a special type of carbohydrate that breaks down very slowly in the body. So, this slow break down provides longer energy and endurance.

What Do Mucopolysaccharides Do For Us?

Mucopolysaccharides have many benefits for the human body including:

  • Lower cholesterol.
  • They may be able to help prevent blood clots.
  • Also, Stimulate the immune system.
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • They support healthy bones, joints, and cartilage.

Simple Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt

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If You Want To Learn More About Milling Your Own Flour, I have a Fresh Milled Flour 101 post. So, I recommend Starting There!

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close up of a peanut butter spelt cookie with a dark chocolate kiss candy melted onto the top

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies With Spelt

Wow! I was amazed when I tried these Simple Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies Made With Spelt! When I tasted these cookies, I really enjoyed them. It was the perfect balance of sweetness, and the dark chocolate kiss on top really made this a delicious cookie! Think Reese Cup in cookie form!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 36

Ingredients
  

  • 2&1/2 cup Fresh Milled Spelt Flour 315g (Mill 315g of Spelt Berries)
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks (225g)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 150g
  • 3/4 cup sugar 150g
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter 225g
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • 1&1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Package of Dark Chocolate Kiss Candies

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven to 375* F
  • Mill Spelt Flour
  • Add salt & baking soda to the flour
  • Cream butter and sugars with the peanut butter for 1-3 mins until creamy.
  • Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  • Next, add eggs, one at a time, until fully combined
  • Then Slowly add flour mixture, mix until combined, and no dry flour is showing.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls (Or use a cookie scoop)
  • Place dough balls onto a lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other.
  • Bake for 8-9 mins.
  • After they are baked, and still warm, place a Candy Kiss in the center of the cookie and press down slightly.
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 mins on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Notes

You can try other whole wheats & grains in this cookie as well.
Commercial white flour can be used, but it may need to be adjusted slightly.
Keyword cookies, dark chocolate, fresh milled flour, kiss, peanut butter, spelt

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        1. Yum! My daughter LOVES these cookies too! In fact, I haven’t made them in awhile, making all the other goodies, it might just be time to whip up a batch of these! Thanks!

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