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Red Velvet Blossom Cookies: Easy Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

Red Velvet Blossom Cookies are a variation of the classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, a traditional peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey’s Kiss that has become a staple in American kitchens. Peanut Butter Blossoms were a favorite entry in the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.

This red velvet version combines the distinctive look of Peanut Butter Blossoms with American red velvet cake, a rich, sweet chocolate flavored confection with a unique deep red or red-brown color. Although red, these are true chocolate cookies. The chocolate cookie dough and the Hershey’s Kiss in the cookie center combine for a double dose of chocolate.

This is a gorgeous cookie to make and serve for holidays, Valentine’s Day, and parties.

And here’s a little secret: this cookie recipe is incredibly easy and quick to make!

Just 5 ingredients (one of them is a cake mix) allow you to mix the cookie dough fast. While the cookies are in the oven, you can use the time to unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses. When you remove the cookies from the oven, simply press the kisses onto the cookie tops.

Red Velvet Blossom Cookies from The Cookie Elf

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 8-10 minutes

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


1 box (16 ounces) red velvet cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

White decorator sugar or granulated sugar

48-50 Hershey’s Kisses

Directions for Red Velvet Blossom Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  2. Place cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the ingredients until all the dry mix has been absorbed, scraping the bowl regularly.

  3. Place the decorator sugar (or granulated sugar) in a shallow dish or on a plate.

  4. Form the dough into round, scant 1-inch balls in a consistent size, using a tiny scoop, small kitchen teaspoon, or a measuring teaspoon. Roll each ball in decorator sugar. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.

  5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, one baking sheet at a time, until cookies are set. Cookies will puff up slightly and surfaces will appear crinkled. Do not over bake.

  6. While cookies are baking, unwrap Hershey’s Kisses.

  7. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each cookie while cookies are hot. Allow cookies to sit for 2-3 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely to allow both cookies and kisses to set, about 30 minutes.

  8. Store cookies in an airtight container using waxed paper or parchment paper to separate layers.

Special Baking Tips for Red Velvet Blossom Cookies

  • If formed cookie balls dry out before you roll them in sugar, spray the surfaces with vegetable spray which will allow decorator sugar to adhere evenly.
  • You can substitute coarse raw sugar or granulated sugar in place of decorator sugar to roll molded cookies. However, white decorator sugar offers the best contrast with the red cookie dough.
  • Get more tips for making kiss cookies.

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