Tomorrow is the day lots of roses are bought, chocolate is consumed and well, love is in the air. It doesn’t matter how you spend Valentine’s Day as long as it’s with people you love. For me, Valentine’s day always includes some kind of fresh baked good. Now I’m not a professional by any means I just bake as a hobby. When I think of baking on Valentine’s day, I always think of red velvet (payticularly my favorite flavor) and that always leads me to think of my favorite red velvet crinkle kisses cookies. Wow that’s a mouthful..literally. These cookies are the perfect combo of moist, chewy, and melt in your mouth deliciousness that I enjoy. So that’s when I thought why not share this recipe with you gals so you can enjoy them with your loved ones as well.
Just wanted to note that I made a very small batch because I’m not going to lie my family and I have been eating as clean as possible, so we didn’t want too many. Just being real and trying to have a balanced lifestyle. So feel free to double or triple the recipe.
Bake Time: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (line the cookie pan with parchment paper for easy clean up)
Cook Time: 9-10 Minutes
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Room Temperature Unsalted Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/3 Cup Granulated sugar
1 Room Temperature Egg
Red Food Coloring ( I added as much as I needed to get the perfect color which was about 2 teaspoons)
Powdered Sugar enough to cover as many cookies you make
Granulated Sugar (I’ll tell you why later in the recipe)
Hershey Kisses (Pick your favorite kind)
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Note: I sifted all of my dry ingredients to make sure I had no clumps. Then, just let that sit while you move on to wet ingredients.
Step 2: Beat the butter and granulated sugar until it becomes white and smooth on medium speed. Also, I use a standing mixer but if you don’t have one of those a hand held mixer works just as fine. Once the butter and sugar become white and smooth, add in the egg and vanilla and beat them until they become fully incorporated into the mixture.
Step 3: This is the part you add the dry ingredients. Since I made a very small batch, I just separated the dry ingredients and added them once each batch was well mixed in. Always make sure to use a spatula to clean down the sides of your mixing bowl so no ingredient is left behind!
Step 4: Add your food coloring and beat on very slow speed until all of your cookie dough has equally changed in color to the redness you desire. Note: This dough does end up being pretty wet so don’t get scared if your dough looks like it hasn’t been set.
Step 5: Cover and chill your dough in the refrigerator as long as you can(honestly, the longer the better in my opinion) so I chilled it for about 35-40 minutes.
Step 6: After your dough is chilled, scoop your cookie dough balls one by one and roll each into the granulated sugar first and then into the confectioner sugar. I do this extra step because it allows for the confectioner sugar to stick better onto the cookies after they are baked. I used to struggle with keeping my confectioner sugar from melting away so I tried many things until I did this step, and it works! Note: I use a 1 tablespoon measure to get the perfect size but you can use anything you want. And I noticed it just made my cookies a lot bigger, but I’m sure with this recipe you could make them a bit smaller and get more cookies out of the dough that way.
Step 7: Once all of your cookie dough balls are done, bake them for 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-10 minutes.
Step 8: Before you do this step, let the cookies cool for about 3 minutes and then lightly push your Hershey kiss into the middle of each cookie and then you are all done. Now you can gift them, enjoy them with your gals, or significant other. Happy Valentine’s Day.♥
Thanks for baking with me:)