Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

Whenever the holidays come around, I let myself bake a little.  Because my grandpa doesn’t have my grandma around to bake him sweet treats, I always try to send him a little something to brighten up his day and to satisfy that sweet tooth of his.

I always share the recipes here on NTTC because I know you guys have sweet grandpas, husbands/wives, and friends that you’re going to want to bake for from time to time.  And, what’s more fun than the occasional splurge, all decked out for the holidays?

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, here are a few recipes that you might want to make.  Click any image below to be transported to the original recipe post.

Red Velvet Better than Sex Cake | No Thanks to Cake

Valentine's Day M&M Blondies | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Pumpkin Muffins | No Thanks to Cake

And, not to be outdone, check out this year’s Valentine’s Day treat I’ve baked…

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

These cookies were incredibly easy to make, and the first time I ever made these peanut butter blossom type cookies.  I feel like they were really popular when I was a kid around the holidays.  Those yummy Hershey’s kisses sitting atop a chewy peanut butter sugar cookie.

This red velvet version adds a rich red color to the cookie, and makes them even more festive for the Valentine’s holiday.  I’m also hoping they travel well… especially since they are currently en route to Northeastern Ohio and Virginia!

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

Original Recipe from i am baker

INGREDIENTS

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

1 bag Hershey’s Kisses
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. red gel food coloring
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup red sanding sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Preheat oven to 375.

2.  Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar in stand mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Turn mixer to low and add in egg, milk, vanilla, and red food coloring. Mix for about 30 seconds to incorporate, then turn mixer to medium high and blend until light and fluffy.  Note:  This was my first time using gel food coloring.  I picked it up at Hobby Lobby.  Kinda cool…

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

4.  In a separate bowl sift cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. With mixer on slow add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until just combined.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Remove mixer bowl from stand. Shape dough into 1 inch balls.   Note:  I used a small 2 tsp. scoop to portion the cookies and then rolled them into balls.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Pour red sanding sugar onto small plate or bowl. Roll dough ball in sanding sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

6. While baking unwrap Hershey’s Kisses. Once cookies are done baking, remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate Kiss into the center of each cookie. The cookie should crack around edges.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Remove cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Once the cookies have cooled completely, pack them up to share with friends and family.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms | No Thanks to Cake

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo – Kelly

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Comments

  1. I need that red gel. I always have to use 2 bottles of red food coloring for my red waldorf (fancy term for velvet) cake…. the gel seems far more economical!

  2. AND… I need to make these! omg

  3. These were awesome–thanks for playing cookie fairy yesterday!

    • nothankstocake says:

      I like to think of myself as the avocado fairy… swooping in with snacks for friends in need! :)

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