RED VELVET PEANUT BUTTER HUGS


Aren't they gorgeous!! I bet many of you have made Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies. I make them a few times a year and many batches at the holidays as seen here.


                 Changing it up & making these red velvet was one of the best things I ever did. 
                                                              So pretty and so yummy.



I am a huge Red Velvet fan and doesn't it just scream Valentines Day. While my favorite Valentines cookies are sugar ones with pink frosting, these are a fav of my family with the peanut butter and hint of cocoa, these babies just melt in your mouth and what a great way to say "I LOVE YOU!"

The Red decorating sugar which you can find in the baking aisle makes them extra pretty.


What you'll need

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Hugs
INGREDIENTS:
1 bag Hershey's HUGS Kisses
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon red food coloring
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1/3 cup red sugar plus 1 tsp. sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar in stand mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Turn mixer to low and add in egg, milk, vanilla, and red food coloring. Mix for about 30 seconds, then turn mixer to medium high and blend until light and fluffy.
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. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Pour red sugar onto small plate or bowl. (I use metal cake pans for this) Roll dough ball in sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
While baking unwrap Hershey's Hugs. Once cookies are done baking, remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate Hug into the center of each cookie. The cookie should crack around edges. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature.







Love goes out to my Grandma Catherine Winkler today! It is her 93rd birthday. You may remember reading my tribute to her HERE called She's A Doll!!
HUG someone today and Happy Tasty Tuesday!!




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63 comments:

  1. Look at those - so yummy! That type of hershey kiss is actually my favorite!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Yum! I could eat a ton of those!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. Red Velvet is my favorite! Can you bake some more and mail them my way!?

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  4. Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my favorite Christmas cookies! Love the idea of using red velvet for a Valentine's Day spin, Andrea!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  5. Yum! I make the peanut butter blossoms for the holidays and love this switch up with the red velvet! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  6. Such pretty cookies! These could be very, very dangerous... :-)

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  7. what a clever idea and so cute. Stopping by from #TickleMyTastebudsTuesdays

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  8. a cute twist on the original. i can tell i'd love this better!

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  9. AHHHH, these look so good!!! Perfect for February! Hope your week is off to a great start!!!

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  10. Wow! What a fun twist! I will definitely be making these Chef Andrea! Wayne likes PB and I love anything RV! PR + RV = Deliciousness! FAB!

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  11. P.S. Speaking of red velvet, we ran through Dairy Queen last night and I saw they now have a Red Velvet Blizzard! Can't wait to try that sucker!

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  12. So cute!! They also look delicious. I'll be over later for one. Or three lol. youf Cyber Hug made me think of something..When Chris and I were dating and we would talk on the phone, we would give each other a virtual hug. :-) Have a wonderful day!!!

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  13. These look so yummy! I like the bold red color. Such a great twist on an old classic. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. YUM! Such a cute festive twist on one of my favorite cookies <3
    Green Fashionista

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  15. You are so creative!!! Those are adorable!

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  16. So festive and YUMMY!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  17. These are defintiely Pinterest pretty and perfect for Valentine's day. Love those white chocolate swirl kisses. So amazing!

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  18. What a genius idea, I love the color and that you added a bit of cocoa too! They turned out so cute.

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  19. Andrea, such a great recipe! Red velvet is my fave and this just looks so mouthwatering! YUM! Sending you much love all the way from Paris!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.net

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  20. What a cute, simple way to make these staples very February appropriate!! Adorable.

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  21. These are gorgeous for Valentines and obviously look delcious, which is what really matters. I'm thinking this would be a perfect treat to bring my co-workers for the holiday! Another amazing recipe beautiful, talented woman! Hope you're week's been great so far! XO -Kim

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  22. These look so yummy! I'll try these as a treat sometime
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Neeny | Spoon Full Of Yum

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  23. Those scream Valentine's Day! And they look delicious as well;) I hope you're having a fantastic day!

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  24. I LOVE these! I made some for a slumber party with my daughter recently that were hot pink with hugs. They are such a classic and fun cookie!

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  25. I want like the whole pan..now! No, but really I'm going to make these for the pre school Valentines party coming up!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  26. Oh my goodness these sound soooo good and they look so pretty!

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  27. Such pretty cookies Andrea! Thanks so much for linking up at #OMHGWW !

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  28. I absolutely love the 'standard' version of these and I'm sure I'd love these too! I've been craving cookies for a long time lately. I think a baking night is in order for me!

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  29. Oh Andrea, these look DANGEROUS!! So so so good! I think I'll have to take some to my neighbors after I make them so I don't eat them all myself ;)

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  30. Please believe me when I say that I am definitely making these on the 14th. I may not even be able to wait until then. These stole my heart.

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  31. ohhhh YUM! Makes me REALLY wish I could have dairy!
    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

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  32. Ah I've saved a bunch of recipes like this to make this weekend - glad you enjoyed!

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  33. Oh my goodness...I have to make these for my boys! They love peanut butter blossoms, and these look delicious for Valentine's Day. Happy birthday to your grandma - 93 is such a great accomplishment!

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  34. I want a hug!!! OMG red velvet cookies? Stop it! These look amazing!

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  35. These are such pretty cookies! I love regular peanut butter blossoms so I'm sure these would be amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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  36. Yumm these look amazing. And perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing!

    elainea
    toast the girl almighty

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  37. I have not had cookies with Heresy Kisses in years. I use love placing them on peanut butter cookies! But these cookies look even better!

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  38. These look so delicious and festive!! We will have to try them out at our Valentine's Day party. Have a blessed week!!

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  39. Yum! I am drooling over these pretty little cuties! Definitely going to try them. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. We have a Valentine's Day Party coming up on the 13th where the girls have to take cookies to exchange. These may just have to be what we do!

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  41. Mmmm these look so good!

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  42. WOWZA These cookies look absolutely amazing. I have not heard of Red sugar before being from Australia I may need to do a little search before the 14th. Thank you For Sharing

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  43. Oh yeah! These look really good! Would love to have you share it on the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!
    http://www.lazygastronome.com/whats-for-dinner-sunday-linky-29/

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  44. Those red velvet hugs look beautiful and I bet are super delicious. I am wishing I had one or two of them now as I am drinking a cup of coffee (in a festive heart-patterned Valentine's mug nevertheless). I love Hershey Kisses candy and I love red velvet. I am so-so about peanut butter but a little bit it's OK. Plus those gorgeous cookies match my totally festive outfit today with lots of pops of red (LOL)!

    Have the best, most loving weekend Andrea!

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  45. Yum!!!!!! These look amazing!!!!! What a great way to turn these awesome cookies into Valentine's Day cookies! Love this1 Thanks for sharing with us for Tuesday Talk! -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

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  46. Oh how yummy! I haven't seen or tasted these for sure, how creative!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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  47. These look yummy :) Please come and share at one of my blog hops? These would be perfect at Creative Mondays

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  48. These are such a great idea. I love them. Thanks for sharing. Please share this at Family Joy Blog Link Up Parties http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2175

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  49. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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  50. thank you for the cyber hug! Love these sweet Valentines day treats. Pinned and featured xo

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  51. What a special Valentine treat! Thank you so much for sharing with us for our 5th Anniversary of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  52. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Have a wonderful week.

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  53. You take such beautiful pictures of your food!

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  54. This is so awesome! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing this at our party! I always love your amazing creations. I hope to see you next Monday because we love to party with you! Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

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  55. Yum! These are a darling treat for VD day! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!

    Mollie

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  56. Hmmm...My oldest daughter loves red velvet, these are so cute and Valentine's Day is coming up...all reasons to give this recipe a try in the very near future!

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  57. Andrea I LOVE the variation of this recipe! Perfect for Valentine's day and I'm a sucker for anything red velvet. ;) Pinning, stumbling and tweeting this post!

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  58. Andrea I LOVE the variation of this recipe! Perfect for Valentine's day and I'm a sucker for anything red velvet. ;) Pinning, stumbling and tweeting this post!

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  59. These look so sweet, I need to try these :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays blog hop. I have just featured your post on my new blog round up ..

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  60. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!
    Saturday Spotlight
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  61. look super yuuum indeed. Would love to try it :)

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  62. I love this type of cookie. And hugs. What a great combo!
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

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  63. These are so pretty, and perfect for this time of year. I love how they turned out.

    http://www.anapeladay.com/2016/02/ww-valentines-day-linky.html

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