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Red Velvet Kiss Cookies - the most romantic, most beautiful and most delicious cookies you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting!
Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
These Red Velvet Kiss Cookies would be perfect for any special occasion! They're fun, delicious, festive ... and quite romantic!
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Keyword: red velvet kiss cookies
Servings: 48
Calories: 146 kcal
Author: Adapted by Chris Scheuer from Cooks Illustrated
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder, (use regular, not the extra dark cocoa)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg plus one egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
  • 1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup red sanding sugar*
  • 1 12- ounce bag Hershey's Hugs**, for topping (you can use either the milk chocolate stripped Hugs or the red an white peppermint striped ones which are available around the Christmas holidays)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in to 6-8 pieces, add to the melted butter and stir (this helps to cool down the melted butter so it won't be too hot later when the eggs are added). Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, red food coloring and salt to the melted butter. Stir well to combine. Add the egg and egg yolk and stir until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden (or sturdy) spoon just until combined and flour is incorporated. Add chocolate chips and mix just until incorporated.
  6. Put red sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 ½ tablespoons for each cookie. Roll the balls in the sanding sugar until well coated and place on prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until they have puffed and have cracks running through the top, about 12-14 minutes. Be careful not to over bake the cookies or they will be dry. As soon as the cookies emerge from the oven place a Hershey's hug in the center of each cookie. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

* Sanding sugar is just the red colored sugar you see at the grocery store. It’s especially popular around Christmas time. Most larger grocery stores will carry this in the baking aisle.
** If Hershey's hugs are not available where you live, substitute some other type of fun candy in the center of the cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.