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.
Pink Peanut Butter Hugs
Adapted from Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Dough Balls
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon. baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour
- 1-2 tablespoons milk (optional)
- Wilton’s Christmas Red gel dye
- granulated sugar (for rolling)
- Hershey’s Hugs
- In large mixing bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy (usually two minutes).
- In a separate bowl, mix together flours, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Slowly add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture just until incorporated. If dough is extra dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
- Add in a few drops of Wilton’s Christmas Red dye until dough is bright pink.
- Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll dough into small 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls. Add some granulated sugar to a small bowl and add some more red dye to color the sugar pink. Roll dough balls in sugar and place on cookie sheet linked with parchment paper or Silpat.
- Bake cookies 10-12 minutes.
- While cookies are baking, unwrap your Hershey Hugs.
- Once cookies come out of the oven, place them on a cookie cooling rack or cool surface. Immediately top with a Hershey Hug. Let cool and enjoy!