The over-the-top joconde got me hooked on the color hot pink, and I have a thing for anything chocolate/peanut butter.
Behold a hot pink, Hugs-version of the classic Peanut Butter Kiss cookie.
These cookies are actually Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls (one of my favorite cookie recipes) without the chips and with a few drops of red food coloring.
I think they make for a playful and pretty Valentine’s Day cookie.
I made up a batch of Mama’s Pea’s cookie dough….
BUT omitted the chips and added some red gel food coloring to turn it hot pink.
Note: I’ve made this dough three or four times and usually add 2 T milk to my dough. Mama Pea says this may depend on the type of peanut butter you are using. Also, you may need to adjust the amount of flour. You are going for a stiff dough, that almost resembles Play-Doh. And don’t forget to chill the dough, an annoying but necessary step in the cookie-making process.
I discovered when I made the joconde cake last week that a few drops of Wilton’s Christmas Red turns a jaw-dropping bright pink. And I dyed some sugar pink to rolls the cookie dough balls in for some added sparkle.
Roll the cookie dough into about two-inch balls, and lightly coat with the pink sugar.
Pop into the oven at 350 degrees and bake for around 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, unwrap some Hugs.
The cookies will be all pink and puffy after baking. Take them off the cookie sheet and place on cookie rack or a cool surface.
Immediately, place a Hug in the middle.
And press about halfway down the cookie.
Let cool completely so that the chocolate will set. You can also eat one now if you happen to like warm cookies topped with half-melted chocolate. (ME.)
They almost don’t look real, right? But they taste like peanut butter and chocolate and I think are super cute, maybe even sexy little cookies.