It doesn’t surprise me when millennial aged parents are surveyed and say they want to make spending time with their family their number one priority during the holiday season. According to PBS KIDS the Millennial Parent Holiday Survey, which was released December 4, 2014, found that 82% of the respondents crave more family time and 80% want to spend more time playing with their children this holiday season.

PBS Kids reports: “Along with spending more time with family, topping the list of activities millennial parents want to do more of this season are cooking/baking (69%).” Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, says, “We learned from this survey that during the holidays parents value quality family time and educational resources for their kids. At PBS KIDS we share these core values, and are dedicated to providing families with educational content and resources that they can enjoy together, not just during the holidays, but all year-long.”

Here at Kitchen Explorers we love encouraging parents and their children to cook and bake together as a way to connect and spend quality time with one another. Today’s recipe is a classic holiday treat: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. These cookies have been my son’s favorite cookie to make together year after year. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Related articles: Tips to Simplify the Holidays from PBS Parents:

**PBS KIDS Millennial Parent Holiday Survey Methodology

The 2014 PBS KIDS Parent Survey was conducted by Smarty Pants, November 14 – 17, 2014. A sampling of 500 US parents ages 18 – 33 with children ages 2-8, participated in the online survey.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 8 min(s)
  • Total Time: 13 min(s)
  • Servings: 36 cookies

Classic peanut butter kiss cookies recipe. A peanut dough rolled in sugar with a chocolate kiss center. Great Christmas and Holiday cookie to make and share.


    1/2 cup butter, softened

    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

    3/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon powder

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    36 chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped


    Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until well blended.

    Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix on medium speed until even dough forms.

    Scoop or roll 36 one tablespoon balls of dough and roll in the ¼ cup of sugar.

    Place the dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other.

    Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press the chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.

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