Red Velvet Blossom Cookies are red with a Hershey’s chocolate kiss in the middle of the cookie. They are like traditional peanut butter blossoms with red velvet.
Chocolate Blossom Cookies will likely become one of your favorite cookies to serve for Valentine’s Day, a Christmas party, or any time during the holiday season.
If you love Red Velvet desserts, like my Red Velvet Donuts, you’ll love these Red Velvet Blossom Cookies.
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Why You’ll Love These Cookies
- Red Color – You’ll love the red color of the cookies. These Hershey’s Kiss Cookies will become your favorite Valentine’s Day cookies, or Christmas cookies for the holiday season.
- Made From Scratch – This recipe has no red velvet cake mix in it. That’s ok. It is easy enough to make from scratch.
Below, I discuss the ingredients and possible substitutions if you don’t have a specific ingredient. However, if you are looking for the specific measurements of each ingredient, scroll down to the bottom of this article, just above the comments, for the printable recipe card, which includes all the ingredients and the specific amounts of each one.
- All-purpose flour
- Cocoa powder – I recommend using natural cocoa for the best flavor and texture. See this King Arthur Baking Company article on the types of cocoa and which ones are best for which recipes.
- Baking soda – Be sure to check the expiration date before using; otherwise, the baking soda won’t help the cookies rise, and they might be flat.
- Peanut butter – I used regular smooth peanut butter.
- Brown sugar
- Eggs – It is best if the eggs used in this recipe are brought to room temperature first.
- Vanilla extract – I recommend using pure vanilla extract and not imitation vanilla.
- Red food coloring – (Optional) – This gives the cookies their red color. If you choose not to use the food coloring, the cookies will be brown, like regular chocolate cookies.
- Sanding sugar – You dip the cookies in plain or red sugar crystals.
- Hershey kisses – You can use regular Hershey’s kisses or dark chocolate kisses.
How To Make Red Velvet Blossoms
Heat the oven to 350° and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, and food coloring together until well combined.
Stir the flour mixture into the bowl with the peanut butter mixture.
After the batter is mixed together, scoop a large tablespoon of dough using a spoon or a small cookie scoop and form a ball. Roll the balls in sanding sugar.
Place the dough balls on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving room between the cookies.
Press down lightly on the cookies with the bottom of a glass. minutes until cool.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the sheet pan with the cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Gently press a kiss in the center of each cookie. Place the cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes until cool.
Chilled Dough – If the raw cookie dough is not cold enough, then cover the sheet pan with the cookies with plastic wrap, and place the pan with the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for an hour before baking.
No Messy Kiss – When the cookies come out of the oven, gently press a Hershey’s Kiss in the center of the cookie, then place the cookies in the freezer for 3 minutes until well cooled. This will keep the kisses from melting.
- Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies – This red velvet cookie uses regular chocolate chips instead of a Hershey’s Kiss.
- Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe uses white chocolate chips in the cookies instead of Hershey’s Kisses.
Yes. You can make the cookie dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight.
Yes, you can! Wrap the cookie dough tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
You can place them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for 5 to 7 days.
Yes, place them in a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Either your butter or your cookie dough was not cold enough. Sometimes it is good to refrigerate cookies for an hour before baking to prevent flat cookies.
Because the cookies were too hot when you put the kisses on top of them.
Yes, you can use chocolate heart-shaped candy for Valentine’s Day. Another option is to use Hershey’s Hugs, Rolos, Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bites, Butterfinger Bites, or whatever you like.
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- Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- Baking Sheet or Cookie Sheet
- Cookie Scoop
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Red Velvet Blossom Cookies Recipe
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- Sanding sugar white, red or gold, for rolling
- 28 hershey kisses unwrapped
- Heat the oven to 350° and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, and food coloring together until well combined.
- Stir in the flour. Spoon a large tablespoon of dough and form a ball. Roll the balls in sanding sugar.
- Place the dough on the cookie sheet making sure to leave room between the cookies. Press down lightly on the cookies.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and place on a cooling rack. Gently press a kiss in the middle of each cookie. Place the cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes until cool.