This is an amazing cookie! It’s a luscious, chocolatey, decadent red velvet cookie with the addition of peppermint flavoring, rolled in sugar, and then a Hershey’s Peppermint Kiss is added after baking. It is so wonderful. It’s also fairly easy to make. The key is to freeze the peppermint kisses before using them so that they don’t melt after you add them to the cookie.
I was looking for a way to use up all these candies I used for decoration for the cookies I made for my Christmas Cookie Extravaganza last November and December. I found a couple of recipes I wanted to try but this particular one is from Cooking Classy. The actual source for this great recipe comes from Cuisine at Home.
You will love this fantastic cookie! I made several changes to the recipe (as I do with practically every recipe). The first change was to increase the flour so the cookies didn’t go flat. I also increased the cocoa powder to what the original recipe was because I wanted a deeper, richer chocolate flavor. However, adding the additional cocoa lessens the impact of the red color if the cookie. In order to get a truer red color you will need to increase the red food coloring from 1 to 2 tablespoons. I also deviated from the recipe by rolling the cookies in sugar first. Also I froze the unwrapped candies for several hours before using them. As a result, I only had a two that softened slightly, the remainder held their shape completely.
If you’re looking for a great red velvet cookie with a touch of peppermint in the cookie, and extra peppermint flavor because of the addition of Hershey’s peppermint kisses, this cookie is for you. Your family and friends will love this cookie. This cookie is not only a treat for the holidays but a fabulous cookie for Valentine’s Day parties too. Come on, give these cookies a try soon. You won’t be sorry.
Don’t these look scrumptous?
Take a plate along to your Valentine’s Day party. Everyone will love these.
Surprise your family with a tray of these festive and beautiful goodies.
Here’s what I did.
Place oil in a large mixing bowl.
Add white vinegar.
Add red food coloring.
Add mint flavoring.
Add baking soda.
Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies.
Stir all ingredients together.
Place some sugar in a small bowl.
Roll cookie dough in sugar.
Place cookies on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake the cookies about 12-13 minutes at 350.
Here’s what the cookies look like after being baked.
Here are the peppermint kisses. These have to be frozen because they are not the same consistency as regular chocolate kisses. These will melt very easily. I actually froze mine several hours before using.
Remove the peppermint kisses from freezer (don’t take out of the freezer until just before using). Press a peppermint kiss into the center of each cookie. Reshape cookie a little if you have to in order to keep the round shape.
Here’s a look at one of the cookies.
Don’t these look marvelous? They taste wonderful too.
I packed these goodies up with the Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake Bars to give to some friends.
These are so yummy.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the cookie. Cracks will appear when you press the peppermint kiss into each cookie.
Here’s the recipe.
RED VELVET PEPPERMINT KISSES
36 Hershey’s peppermint kisses
2 ½ cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens cookies)
4 rounded tbsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. red food coloring (use 2 tbsp. if you want the cookies to be redder in color)
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermint extract
Colored red sugar for garnish, or regular sugar if you prefer
Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap Hershey’s peppermint kisses and freeze in freezer a minimum of 30 minutes. (I froze the peppermint kisses for several hours). Mix oil, sugar, egg, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla, peppermint extract, salt, baking soda, and cocoa. Stir in UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour with a wooden spoon. Shape mixture into balls. Roll into colored sugar (or regular sugar) and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake about 12-13 minutes until done. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes. Remove peppermint kisses from freezer just before using. Place peppermint kiss in center of each cookie. Allow cookies to cool completely. Remove from pans. Store in airtight containers. About 3 dozen cookies.
These cookies are great with a glass of milk.
Everyone loves these amazing cookies. Your family and company will too.
I’ve saved you a couple. Enjoy.
These are a great treat for Valentine’s Day or holiday baking. Enjoy one of these delectable cookies at your next holiday party.
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