Monday, November 8, 2021

Santa Hat Red Velvet Mini Cookie Cups

These are sweet, cute, and delicious red velvet cookie treats looking like little Santa hats,  perfect for the season! This is an eggless recipe. Wait! There is a surprise inside this cookie! The cookies are super simple to make, with the only time between steps in the final stages. With a little planning this is easy to be made, this cookie will be a showstopper turning everyone's attention.

These are amazing and are cute to give for cookie exchange or gift to someone special. With a surprise inside, this could lighten up anyone bringing loads of joy and cheer! The surprise peppermint chocolate inside is the perfect flavor for the holidays! Don't you agree with me? Though any chocolate kisses can be used, this peppermint brings the comforting flavors of the holiday season. These are amazing ones to add to cookie trays and boards this season!

This recipe uses a little cocoa powder and lots of red color. Yes, lots and lots of red color to get the red color cookies. One may feel that the amount of food coloring added is more, but that needs to be added for a red color. Any amount lesser will produce pink colored cookies when flour mixture is added. Therefore recommend using no taste gel food colors. 

To shape the cookie, press down with the back of rolling pin or any small glass container to make a cavity. This has to be done immediately afetr removing the cookies out of the oven. 

Also, while working with the candy melts, there are a couple of points to be noted. They melt well and can be piped easily to make many wonderful decorations. But they need to cool a bit before piping to get a crisp and great piping. Else, it would flow dow. wait for 30-50 seconds, and the fill the decorating bag, and pipe. Second point is that after the red candy melts has cooled completely, start with the white one to get great results without mess.

This is part of #ChristmasCookiesWeek. Ellen of Family Around the Table is hosting this event. We share cookie recipes all through the week sharing many recipes of cookies perfect to celebrate this Christmas! There are links to the recipe of cookies by fellow bloggers that can be wonderful addition for cookie trays and cookie exchanges this holiday season. Thanks, Ellen for hosting!
All-purpose flour - 1 cup 2 tbsp
Butter - 6 tbsp
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Light brown sugar - 1/3 cup
Red coclor - 1 tsp
Milk - 3 tbsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Peppermint kisses - 20
Red color Candymelts - 1.5 cups
White candymelts - 1/3 cup


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, add the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and mix. Set aside

In another bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with vanilla. Add the milk and red food coloring. Mix, it may look curdle but will rsolve in the next step.

Add the flour in three steps and combine to a cookie dough.

Scoop with a cookie scooper for uniform sizing.

Place the cookie dough into greased mini muffin tin. Bake for 9-10 minutes.

While it is baking, unwrap 20 peppermint kisses chocolate and keep it ready.

As soon as it is removed from the oven, press the cookie with a small bottle or with the rolling pin handle to make an indent or cavity in the cookie. Place one peppermint kisses in each cavity while it is warm, so that it will bond with the cookie. Leave in the muffin tin to cool completely. This may take 20-30 minutes, as the kisses will firm up after melting a little.

Melt the red candy melts in 3o second interval. In about 1 minute and 20 seconds, the candymelts will be almost melted. Remove and mix with a spoon or mini fork to get even and smooth consistency. Let it cool for 30-50 seconds. Transfer this to a decorating bag fitted with nozzle 21. Squeeze and pipe the candymelts around the peppermint kisses ending at the top. Cool for 10 minutes to set.

Similarly, melt the white candy melts. When it is a bit cool, transfer to piping bag fitted with nozzle 2. Pipe around the edge of the cookie where the red color candymelt begins. Place a small dollop on top, thereby creating a Santa hat.Cool for 10 minutes to set completely.

Store in an airtight container untill ready to serve.

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  1. These are the cutest cookies ever! Such a great addition to a Christmas cookie tray. I just love them!

  2. These are SO cute! I always want to make these and every year I put it off, but your recipe looks easy and fun to follow. Guess I know what I'm doing for Christmas! <3

  3. How stinkin' cute! I love these and I think my neighbor boys would too! :)

  4. How fun and festive are these cookies? I bet they taste amazing too!

  5. Oh goodness aren't these stinkin' cute! They are a must make for this season!

  6. I love how cute these are! Very festive for the holidays

  7. Oh my gosh, these are almost too cute to eat! They'll be so fun to make with my little niece!

  8. These Santa hats are so adorable! Such a great idea for Christmas :)

  9. I love how easy these are and how cute they are! Such a crowd pleaser and so sweet!

  10. These are so festive and love the surprise center!

  11. These are adorable...I'd still a few though!

  12. These are just the cutest little things! I kind of want to gobble them right up!!!

  13. These look super cute! And perfectly festive for the holidays.

  14. So fun and festive and I love making these with the kids!