Valentine Softies with Kisses Just for You !

These are great little cookies that you can whip up in a snap. The cookie itself is a simple thumbprint recipe. Use any thumbprint cookie base you like. Then add 1 1/2 tbsp of liquid red food coloring.

Some like Hershey Kisses, others like frosting. I did both !


Little wrapped jewels

Just follow the recipe below and you will see how easily the dough comes together.
These little guys are ready for the oven

Eagerly awaiting their spot on top of a glorious pink cookie

With a Kiss

Or with sweet and rich cream cheese icing


PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper


1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup fine white sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp red food coloring
1 cup all purpose flour (sifted)
1/8 teaspoon salt



WITH hand mixer, mix butter until light and fluffy, slowly add sugar
ADD egg yolk, vanilla and food coloring, scraping down sides when needed, and blend well
SLOWLY add flour and salt, blend until combined

COVER dough with cling wrap and leave in fridge for 15 minutes
ROLL dough into 2 inches balls
ROLL balls in sugar
PLACE on parchment lining cookie sheets 1 inch apart
FLATTEN cookies slightly with palm of hand
BAKE for 10-12 minutes

ALLOW to cool completely before adding icing. For the icing, please see the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe in the blog entry below. If adding Hershey Kisses instead, let cookies sit for 5 minutes then press kiss down slightly into center of cookie. If you don't allow the cookies to cool somewhat first your kiss will melt.

The kids will love these and insist their friends come over to indulge so be prepared !

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  1. These look absolutely fantastic Linda. This is the perfect Valentine's gift. So sweet!

  2. The red food coloring just makes this such a special valentine's treat. Perfect:)

  3. Oh, these look so festive! Great post. Thanks for visiting me at Faithfulness Farm....I am gonna have to follow along with you -- LOVE Lemon Drops :)


  4. Hi there Linda!

    My name is Steve Walters and I recently started blogging at, which is currently being updated with recipes, but in the next few months will be my vehicle for covering the food and restaurant scene in Bangkok Thailand.

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    Thank you so much in advance for adding me to your blogroll and I look forward to reading your posts (I've subscribed!) and maybe even featuring some of your own posts as I do plan on a weekly roundup of Thai themed recipes and posts from other food bloggers.

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  6. They look absolutely beautiful!

  7. These softies are so cute. :) Perfect for Valentine's Day!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you again soon. Have a wonderful weekend.


  8. These cookies look so great...and love the pink color for Valentines!! Thanks for visiting and following me at The Weekend Gourmet. I'm now your newest follower as I'm always wanting to improve my baking skills. I'm more of a cook than a baker, but I try to bake twice a month for the blog!!

  9. These are so cute. They would be great for Easter or Spring too, in pastel colors.

    I'm hosting a weekly linky, Sweet Tooth Friday, I'd love for you to share your recipe.

  10. Stopping by from Foodie Friday. Love your blog, your header is great. These cookies look like the perfect treat.

  11. To all those who have commented - hugs to you all. Your support is great appreciated and I am happy you are enjoying my blog ! Keep coming back for more!


Thank you for your comments!

Linda @ Lemon Drop