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These Red Velvet Thumbprints are a fun Valentine’s Day treat. Today, I’m joining a group of bloggers to raise money for No Kid Hungry while showing some love to another blog!

Red Velvet Thumbprints on an egg shaped white dish

Red Velvet Thumbprints

Red velvet just shouts Valentine’s Day. My daughter is a big fan (she requested this Red Velvet Checkerboard Cake for her birthday!), but the hubby, well, not so much. The token amount of cocoa power doesn’t result in an ooey, gooey chocolate treat like he’d prefer.

But, despite his persnickety palate, he loved these red velvet thumbprint cookies. Who wouldn’t be a fan of these buttery sugar cookies with a mega dose of red food coloring and that bit of cocoa topped with either a white chocolate wafer or a white chocolate Hug??? They were a hit!

<Red Velvet Thumbprints in a ceramic dish

Food Blogger Love

My assignment for this fun food blogger event was actually the organizers, The PinterTestKitchen. This mother-daughter-daughter (Sharon, Allison and Jess) blogging team is from rural Pennsylvania and loves to share family favorites and taste-test new recipes they find on Pinterest.

They especially love baking cookies (me, too!). They try to post recipes that anyone could make, nothing too fussy or weird ingredients that are hard to find, since living in the country means that they have to drive 60+ minutes to get to a specialty food store.
Check out and follow them on their Website – Facebook – Pinterest

Red Velvet Thumbprints on a cooling rack

The PinterTestKitchen

You may want to head over to their blog to see what they thought of these Red Velvet Thumbprints and my runner up recipe, Reese’s Peanut Butter Heart Cookies! Both would be perfect for a special Valentine’s Day treat!

Don’t you just love the concept of their blog? You’ll definitely want to poke around when you visit. I bet you’ll find some terrific recipes to add to your menu. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the other Valentine’s Day treats created for this event. I’m certain you’ll find some new blogs that you’ll want to visit again and again!

More Red Velvet Recipes You’ll Love:


Yield: 3Β½ dozen

Red Velvet Thumbprints

Red Velvet Thumbprints

Red velvet thumbprint cookies filled with white chocolate or topped with a white chocolate Hershey's Hug. Adapted from The Pinterest Kitchen via

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • White chocolate melting wafers (I used Ghirardelli) or White Chocolate Hershey's Hugs


  1. Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy (about 2 minutes).
  2. Add the egg, food coloring, and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda to the mixture and blend together.
  4. Roll out pieces of dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave room for them to spread out. Press your thumb into the middle of the ball of dough, about halfway down.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes at 350ΒΊ.
  6. Immediately out of the oven, place a white chocolate wafer or a Hug in the center of each cookie, then remove from cookie sheet. Let cool completely.


Red velvet thumbprint cookies filled with white chocolate or topped with a white chocolate Hershey's Hug. Adapted from The Pinterest Kitchen via

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1217 Total Fat: 64g Saturated Fat: 40g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 216mg Sodium: 437mg Carbohydrates: 150g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 67g Protein: 14g
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28 comments on “Red Velvet Thumbprints”

  1. Red velvet is perfect for Valentine’s Day, cute cookies:@)

  2. LOVE these little cookies – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  3. Red velvet is the best and I can see why your husband caved and loved these – they are gorgeous!

  4. What a fun giveaway! And these red velvet cookies? Well, I’m craving more than one right now to be honest. πŸ˜€ They look amazing, Liz!

  5. I’ve had loads of thumbprint cookies, but never red velvet. Love the idea! Very creative. Not to mention pretty. And tasty — let’s not forget the tasty part. πŸ™‚

  6. What a wonderful idea, both the cookies and the fund raising <3

  7. They look so beautiful and perfect to share with your sweet heart!

  8. Oh Liz, these thumbprint cookies look so pretty, I love it! These are sure perfect treat for Valentine’s day…thanks for the inspiration
    Enjoy the rest of your week πŸ™‚

  9. I never thought of putting a hug on top… That sounds even better than just a piece of white chocolate! Thanks for the love for #FoodBloggerLove

  10. These cookies are so so pretty, Liz! Love the red velvet, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  11. Absolutely perfect thumbprints for Valentine’s Day!

  12. You bet your Aunt Sally I would eat the WHOLE PLATE FULL of these! ha ah!

  13. Nothing better than cookies. I am the original cookie monster. Pinning these.

  14. What a noble cause this is, i need to read more about this. Your cookies look divine.. a winner at my house.

  15. The perfect valentines cookies πŸ™‚

  16. So pretty, Liz! I never tried red velvet as a cookie!

  17. One can never go wrong with cookies or red velvet. Then again I love whoppers, too! I’d be in trouble in your house, Liz!

  18. Yay for red velvet! I haven’t made a good red velvet anything in several years, but maybe this week is the time to change that up with these! *-*

  19. Liz, these are so super duper cute! Red velvet is the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert, I love this thumbprint variation!

  20. These thumbprints look so delightful and cute β™₯

  21. Gorgeous treats, great cause and if it’s approved by your Valentine – we know the cookies are extra delicious!

  22. These are so cute, Liz and perfect for Valentines Day. I don’t think we can get those chocolates you’ve put in the centre of the cookies but I’m sure I can find an adequate replacement. I love the colour! xx

  23. How pretty, Liz, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!! Have a good one! πŸ™‚

  24. Such a wonderful idea. Nothing can beat cookies, and love the idea of fund raising <3

  25. One of my favorite flavors that I haven’t had enough of. The Kindle would be very nice to have, great giveaway.

  26. I think you just might be the Red Velvet Queen Liz! And I’m sure there are plenty of takers of these lovely treats even if everyone in the family isn’t super fond of them. I can’t stop staring at that checkerboard cake – so pretty!

  27. OMG what a treat! This is such a simple recipe that I think even I can make it. Even though I feel like it’s out of season, it looks so good and is something I can whip up in a short period of time. Thanks for sharing!

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