Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

filed under: Cookies on December 19, 2013

I created this Red Velvet Kiss Cookie recipe 7 years ago and have made it every Christmas since! The classic peanut butter blossom kicked up a notch with red velvet!! Same delicious cookie, just a beautiful and bright way to share them!

There was always a platter of homemade peanut butter blossoms, homemade peanut butter cups, and sugar cookies in our house during the holidays. (If you are looking for the classic Peanut Butter Blossom, it’s here!) These also happen to be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Check out the 50 Best Cookie Recipes now!


Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

My mom would get together with her friends and have Christmas baking marathons.  As the youngest kid, I would often tag along, book in tow, and find a sweet spot to get lost on an adventure with Nancy Drew.  (Giving my dad, the only man in the house, a much-deserved break from all the estrogen!)  At that age, I had no desire to bake anything.  Ever.

During chapter breaks (I was an avid reader in my youth) I would make my way to the kitchen and grab a cookie.   My mom and her friend always knew I was there, but they would conveniently turn their backs just long enough for me to sneak a delectable bite.

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After the long day baking they would pack up our share of treats and we would head home.  My mom always made sure some were set aside to donate, to bring to a family in need, or for a friend who needed a pick-me-up.

She was wise to instill that in me… that desire to spread joy and love to others.  (Especially through food!)  And I am so thankful to her for her acts of generosity and caring. One of the gifts I hope to share with you all is not only a recipe or a decorating technique but being able to create a sweet memory with a loved one.  In the end, that’s what is really important right?

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Why are my Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms Flat?

A flat cookie could be the result of the butter being too warm. To avoid this you can try adding cold butter to your stand mixer and beating until creamy, about 4-5 minutes. You could chill the dough before rolling in the sanding sugar or you could also chill the cookies for about 10 minutes in the freezer right before baking.

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Chewey Cookies are a Must!

This is a soft cookie that is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. To ensure your cookies are chewy you can:

  • don’t overmix the cookie batter
  • refrigerate the dough
  • underbake by a couple of minutes (my favorite option!)
  • use a light cookie sheet, dark colors will heat faster


Red Velvet Peanut Butter Cookies!!

How to Store Cookies

Making a big batch of these cookies is a great idea not only for you to enjoy anytime but for cookie exchanges! If you are making a double or even triple batch, here are a few tips on how to store the cookies.

You can freeze the dough prior to baking! Prepare the recipe as directed then scoop into the balls. Coat in the red sanding sugar and then place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes place all of the dough balls into a freezer-safe plastic bag, label it, then store in the freezer for up to 3 months. (THIS IS STORING DIRECTIONS ONLY) When ready to bake, thaw dough balls on a cookie sheet in a single layer for about an hour. When the dough balls have thawed, place the chocolate kiss on top and bake as directed. Yes, you can bake the cookies with the chocolate on top and yes, they will hold their shape. You can definitely place the kiss on top AFTER baking, as the original recipe states above. 🙂

To freeze a fully baked cookie, make sure the cookies are cooled, then place in an airtight container in single layers. (I like to use wax paper between each layer) I have stored them for a few months in the freezer and while they are still good, I prefer this cookie fresh or freezing them before baking. Yes, the chocolate kiss might discolor slightly when thawing, that is unavoidable, unfortunately.

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4.8 from 25 votes
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Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These delicious cookies are so fun to share!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated 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
  • 1 bag Hershey's Kisses (unwrapped)
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar in a 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 to incorporate, then turn mixer to medium-high and blend until light and fluffy.

  3. 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.

  4. Remove mixer bowl from stand. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

  5. Pour red sanding sugar onto small plate or bowl. 
  6. Roll dough ball in red sanding sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. (If want them extra chewy, chill for 10 minutes in the freezer before baking.)

  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. 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.

  9. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature.

Recipe Video

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If you are looking for more Christmas Cookies I’ve got you covered! Be sure to try my BEST Apple Crisp Recipe as well as my Snickerdoodles and Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms in an Ombre Pattern

Pink Peanut Butter Blossoms

To make different shades of these blossoms, there are a couple of different things you can do!

  1. Add less food coloring to your batter. This will result in lighter shades of red, turning into pink.
  2. Do not add food coloring to the batter and simply add the pink sanding sugar to the outside of the cookie. 

Both options are quite beautiful, as you can see above! <3 

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  • Kathleen says:

    These are just wonderful! I appreciate the tip about chilling the cookies before baking. It made two and a half dozen, btw.

    Thank you!

  • Ella says:

    My cookies did not turn out this red. They looked browny/red. How do you get them that red? I used extra die. The die the recipe asked for only made the batter pink. Delicious cookies though!!

  • Jessica says:

    I used dark cocoa powder. Could that be the reason mine are brownish red and not red like yours?

  • Rj says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this!! I doubled this recipe to make a bunch of these for a cookie tray for my children’s teachers…I was able to get six dozen out of the batch. And they are sooooo delish!!!!

  • Zoe says:

    Made these. LOVE these. Chewy with a little crunch. So pretty too. Thank you!

  • Barbara Cavanagh says:

    Hi, if I don’t wish to bake from scratch, can this recipe be converted from red velvet CAKE mix? I’ve seen other cookie recipes made with cake mixes.

  • Carol Stottlemyer says:

    Will make these soon .look so good n fun for party

  • Annie jordan says:

    Only saw 2 recipes.would Like to see more I like making cookies especially for holidays.

  • Amy says:

    I just made these as a test for an upcoming cookie exchange. I think they were amazing but my family said there was a bit of an “after taste” – a little like chemicals. Wondering if that’s from too much red food coloring? Hoping someone can help answer that.

    Also – I didn’t have chocolate kisses on hand – I had white chocolate with candy cane pieces and used those – AMAZING! The peppermint flavor was a good combination.

  • kay says:

    Never heard ofsanding sugar where do i look for that?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Every grocery store has it.

  • Peggy Magyar says:

    One of the best things about Amanda’s wonderful recipes I’d that she’s taken the time to have each recipe fit ONE SIDE of a printer page, no ads to worry about .
    Love you, Amanda!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you, Peggy! <3

  • Ratna Dewi says:

    I’ve been looking for a red velvet cookie.lgot it .Thank you Amanda..Love all your from Malaysia.

  • Jan Herrick says:

    Your recipe makes 2 dozen cookies. When I punched in 4 dozen, the ingredients didn’t all change flour, baking soda, cocoa!!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help. I just checked the recipe page, and when I adjusted the amount to 4 dozen, all the ingredients were doubled. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Rachel says:

    I don’t know if this was answered, but is it salted or unsalted butter?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Rachel! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We used salted butter in this recipe. Have a great day!

  • Sarah says:

    These cookies are wonderful. Our high school colors are red/white/black so I made them for a football dinner. I am making them for my son’s grad party. I have also used green colored gel and gold sugar for St. Patricks day.

  • Edward Richter says:

    I used to be a professional baker and enjoy your creativity

  • Linda says:

    I made these cookies today ! They turned out great . They turned out a little darker red because I use regular food coloring, then I saw it said use red gel. But anyway no problem because they taste and looked yummy! And we’re 👍😋

  • Melinda Bee Miner says:

    Super easy, beautiful cookies. Not really red velvet taste, but delicious . Mine came out picture perfect holiday red. Wish I could attach my photo. They are yummy and festive.