These easy Hershey’s Red Velvet Blossoms are similar to thumbprint cookies but instead of jam or curd in the center, you’ll have a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate. These cookies are bright red and would fit perfectly for Valentine’s day or for Christmas.
Looking for more Valentine’s Day recipes? Check out these Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies /Puppy Chow, Cheesecake swirled red velvet brownies, Chewy Valentine’s Day Crinkle Chocolate Cookies with Sprinkles, and also The best 18 Valentine’s day cookie ideas.
This Valentine’s day, I tried to get out of my comfort zone and actually make some cute recipes for the holiday to gift to my friends and family.
One of those recipes that a lot of people requested for is this beautiful bright red velvet Hershey’s Kisses blossom cookie. It is so different from anything I’ve had before because usually, red velvet is mostly served with cream cheese frosting. Well, this time,
This is the best red velvet blossoms cookies
After trying this recipe a few times, I was able to find the perfect combination of ingredients to yield soft and delicious red flavored cookies that looked pretty too.
Because let’s be honest, I tried both the red sugar coating and the regular granulated sugar coating and the winner was easily the red glittery sugar because it resulted in such a prettier cookie.
Why you need to make this recipe!
- These cookies are perfect for the holidays. I love making this or Valentine’s day and Christmas too!
- They are extremely easy to make.
- This recipe is a fun activity to do with kids.
- You can change the Hershey’s kissed that you use depending on your liking.
- This recipe doesn’t make a huge batch so if you’re not looking to make a recipe that yields 35+ cookies, you are at the right place!
Ingredients for this red velvet blossoms cookie recipe
Here are the ingredients you will need to make these red velvet blossoms. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed ingredient measurements.
- Butter- You will need softened butter, you can use either salted
- Brown & granulated sugar – This cookie recipe uses a mixture of two sugar to get the perfect texture.
- Egg yolk– The egg yolk will be the binding agent of the cookie dough and will add extra fat to keep them moist and tender.
- Vanilla extract– The vanilla extract adds a nice depth of flavor.
- Flour– You can use AP flour for this recipe.
- Cocoa powder– Red velvet is technically a chocolate dessert/cake made with cocoa powder and red food coloring for this recipe will use a small amount of cocoa powder to live off to its name!
- Salt– A little salt always helps enhance the sweetness of the cookie.
- Baking powder– The baking powder will give our cookies a little height.
- Red food coloring– To make these red, we will be using some Wilton red gel food coloring.
- Red sanding sugar– The red sugar is used to coat our cookies before baking.
- Hershey Kisses– I used the regular milk chocolate ones but you can use whichever ones you want! These are fun to play around with holiday themes little kisses too!
How to make red velvet blossom cookies
This is how you can make these red velvet cookies. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed instructions!
- Cream the butter and sugars together.
- Mix in the egg yolk, the vanilla extract, and the red food coloring.
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix.
- Using a 1 tbsp, scoop out 18 equally sized cookie dough balls, roll them in between the palm of your hands, roll them in the red sugar, and place them on a baking sheet, then bake.
- Pull the cookie out of the oven and immediately top with a Hershey’s kiss chocolate in the center, press gently.
Frequently asked questions – FAQ
How to store red velvet blossoms?
Make sure to let them get back to room temperature before enjoying them! You can even pop them in them microwave for a few seconds before serving.
What can use instead of the glittery red sugar?
If you don’t have red sanding sugar, no worries, you can also use regular granulated just. Thicker granulated sugar is best so try to avoid very fine granulated sugar.
We love this recipe because you can use different colored sanding sugar for different events, for example, black for Halloween or green for Christmas inspired cookies.
How do these cookies really taste like?
I know red velvet is such a mystery but in short it’s pretty much a buttery treat with hints of cocoa and vanilla. This recipe doesn’t use too much cocoa powder but you can still feel both of these iconic flavors!
I think this cookie would be amazing with a white chocolate little Hershey’s Kiss on top to mimic the creaminess of the usual cream cheese frosting red velvet combo.
Hershey’s red velvet blossoms
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Hershey’s red velvet blossoms
- 7 tablespoon butter salted or unsalted, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg yolk
- ¼ teaspoon red food coloring gel
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup red sanding sugar
- 18 Hershey chocolate kisses
- Preheat the oven to 350F then line a large baking sheet with parchement paper then set aside.
- In a stand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Add in the egg yolk, the vanilla, and the red food coloring and mix until combined.
- Add in the flour cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and mix just until the flour mixture disappears. Using a tablespoon, scoop out 18 equally sized cookie dough balls, roll them in between the palm of your hands, then roll them in the red sanding sugar.
- Place the cookie balls on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. Place a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie as soon as you pull them out of the oven, press down gently. Let the cookies cool down on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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Me and my family really enjoyed these Red Velvet Cookies, thank you soooooo much for this recipe!!! I will definitely make them again!!! Really enjoyed these!
You’re so welcome Jenna!
Not sure how others managed to make this recipe, I followed it to a T, but there’s nothing to actually form the dough. It’s just a flowery mixture that won’t make an actual cookie dough ball. Disappointing, going to have to refer to other recipes in hopes of making something edible.
So sorry to hear this but the one issue that could’ve happened is that you used more flour than needed. Using a kitchen scale is the best way to make something as close to the real deal as possible!
Hi, plz tell the replacement of egg yolk..
I haven’t made these without egg before unfortunately.
Making these tomorrow❤️
How much salt do you use? The recipe doesn’t say exactly. Thx!
1/4 tsp 🙂
What temp and for how long to cook?
The recipe card has all the detailed step by step.
How much salt? The recipe says to add salt, but it’s not in the ingredients list.
1/4 tsp! So sorry about the confusion!
These turned out awesome and we’re very simple and easy to make. Had all ingredients on hand so I gave it a try. Definitely will make again for valentines day. I’m a family of 6 so I will have to double the recipe since everyone loved them so much.
So happy to hear you enjoyed these Megan! Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed them! 🙂
They spread out really bad, I think the recipe needs more flour
Oh no!! Your ingredients might’ve been too warm.
Made a batch this morning and they’re delicious. Will definitely make again. Thanks! Happy Valentines Day Everyone 🌹
So glad to hear you enjoyed it!