Valentine’s Day treats: red velvet kisses

The delicious final product / Photographer: Scarlett Coffey

The perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, a spin-off of peanut butter blossoms: red velvet chocolate kisses. If you do not get any other kisses, at least you can have these.


For cookies:

– 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

– 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

– 3/4 cup brown sugar

– 1/4 cup granulated sugar

– 1 large egg, at room temperature

– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

– 1 Tablespoon milk

– 1/2 teaspoon gel red food coloring

– 32–36 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped (or other chocolates if you wish)

For coating:

– 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  1. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars until creamed together. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: egg, vanilla, milk, and food coloring and mix until combined.
  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until a dough forms. Chill dough until firm in the refrigerator, 1 hr-3 days.
  4. Towards the end of the chilling period, preheat your oven to 350°F, and line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Check your freezer for room, as the cookies will need to sit in there to keep the chocolate from melting.
  5. Roll your cookies into small balls, about 1 tbsp, then roll in the extra 1/3 cup of sugar. Place them on your baking sheets and bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges are set, the center will still look soft. Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes in place.
  6. Squish the kisses into the center of each cookie, then place the cookies in the freezer (on a different plate if you need), for 10 minutes to set.
  7. Take out of the freezer and serve to your loved ones with a glass of milk and a cheesy rom-com. xoxo