Red Velvet Cookies

Red velvet cookies are a gorgeous bright red cookie that has a Peppermint Hershey Kiss in the center. These red velvet cookies are perfect for Christmas or even Valentine’s day. 

Oh my, Red Velvet Cookies have always been one of my favorites.  These have a little twist to them though.  Peppermint Hershey Kisses are in them! The two combinations together are sumptuous.  I know everyone probably thinks my house is a houseful of oinkers, but honestly, we make a lot of sweets and then share them with friends and other family members.

Red Velvet Cookies

I usually pass this recipe on to my cousin and she brings them to our family gathering.  They are made from scratch so this is not a red velvet box cake recipe or anything of the sort.  This makes them even better. 

red velvet cookies

I love my Hershey Kisses and these Peppermint Hershey Kisses are even better on these Red Velvet Cookies.  Yum! I personally like them warm when the kisses are a little melted and melt in my mouth. 

What If I Can’t Find A Peppermint Kiss For The Center 

You can easily use a plain Hershey’s Kiss, Hugs, or any other flavor of a kiss. Or you can skip the chocolate candy in the center and serve up these red velvet cookies alone. They are dynamite however you choose it. 

Is Red Velvet Chocolate Flavored 

Red velvet uses cocoa powder and then you will use red food coloring to bring out the deep red color in the cookies. So in a sense, you will find red velvet to have a light chocolate flavor. A lot of times in red velvet cakes they will use vinegar to help add acidity to make the red coloring even more vibrant. 

Decorating Red Velvet Cookies 

  • Use a Hershey’s Peppermint Kiss in the center with sugar for the ultimate design. 
  • Drizzle white chocolate over the cookie or even dark chocolate. 
  • Sprinkle with crushed peppermint. 
  • Serve plain. 
  • Whip up cream cheese frosting to place on top of the cookies. 
  • Add in white chocolate chips into batter. 

You will find there are tons of ways to make these cookies stand out. It is up to you how you decide to decorate your red velvet cookies! 

How To Store Red Velvet Cookies 

Place in an airtight container and store them on the counter for up to a week. Make sure your cookies have fully cooled before you place them in the container or condensation will develop on the lid and make your cookies spoil fast. 

Can I Make Red Velvet Cookies Ahead of Time 

Yes, you sure can. I would say to make them up to 24 hours in advance. Cookies are best when served within the first 2 days. After that, you will find your cookies dry out and look that fresh flavor. So make the night before you plan to serve and that would be totally fine! 

Do Red Velvet Cookies Freeze Well 

Sure, you can easily freeze these cookies. Place in an airtight freezer-friendly container and store for up to three months. Thaw on the counter and allow them to thaw before serving. 

If you love decadent desserts than you definitely want to try the world-famous chocolate lava cake.

red velvet cookies

Red Velvet Cookies



  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 C hershey cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 C red sanding sugar
  • 24-36 peppermint bark hershey kisses, unwrapped
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined
  4. Add in the red food coloring and mix until combined
  5. In a large bowl, mix the flour and cocoa powder until combined.
  6. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough and roll into a ball
  7. Roll the cookie dough into the red sanding sugar and place onto the cookie sheet
  8. Repeat steps for 11 more cookies
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  10. Once cookies are baked, let cool for 2 minutes before placing a hershey kiss in the center
  11. Repeat steps with remaining dough
  12. Let cookie sit for 20 minutes to cool completely

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