Hello everyone!!! Are you ready for February? Can you believe we are actually talking about February? WOW! So are you starting to think of a fun & cute little treat you can make for Valentine’s Day? I have just the thing…Red Hot Kisses & Hugs Cookies. These are so easy with a classic shortbread but then cut into x’s & o’s & sprinkled with red hots – well that makes them the perfect Valentine treat.
Do you love shortbread cookies? Oh I sure love them. I had them on my list of things to make all though the holiday season – I never had a chance to make them. So having them mixed with red hots for Valentine’s Day pretty much makes up for that- don’t you think?!
You could make these 2 – ways. Either mix the red hots into the dough & then they are inside the cookie – which I did here. Or you can place them in the top of the cookie once it’s done baking but still hot. Because I chose to mix in- it made the red hots melt & some of them oozed out onto the pan. This wasn’t all bad. It made the cinnamon flavor of the red hots disburse through the cookie more. But if you want a more uniform look- add them immediately after removing from the oven. That’s probably what I will do with these on future batches.
Red Hot Kisses & Hugs Cookies
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp butter sticks softened
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup red hot candies
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Add butter & sugar to your mixer & beat on medium until well combined
- Add flour - you can add additional butter by the tablespoon if the dough is too crumbly.
- Add in red hots if mixing in- instead of placing after baking
- Form dough into a ball & then flatten a little
- Place on parchment & lay another piece of parchment on top
- Roll with heavy rolling pin to flatten to about ½ inch
- Use your cookie cutters to cut your x's & o's
- Place on baking sheet - bake 20 minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven- allow to cool on baking sheet completely before transferring to airtight container.
- **If placing your candies on the cookies after baking to avoid melting- do so immediately after removing from oven.
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I bet they have a little kick!!
Gina Kleinworth says
Just a little – which is a great compliment to the shortbread.
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
These little cookies look SO delicious.. and perfect for Valentine’s day too! Love it!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
I always am inspired by your fabulous desserts! Thanks for the recipe and for sharing on Show Me Saturday. Hope to see you again this weekend!
oh my goodness these look amazing! I am going to have to get and x and o cutter now! growing up my dad loved these red hots so every valentines day we would find him the largest container of them. its hard to do! I dont see them as often as we did back then. BUT i think this would be the perfect gift for him this year! Thanks so much for the idea!! 🙂 PS. I would love it if you stopped by this week and joined my party! It starts monday 10pm eastern time and runs until sat! You have some amazing goodies on your blog that i have to go check out, but I hope to see you around 🙂
Have a wonderful week!!