Red Velvet Blossoms

Make these cookies as vibrant or deep red as you choose by simply adjusting the amount of food color.

Makes: about 3 dozen cookies Total time: about 45 minutes

1 121 1/2cups all-purpose flour
14 1/4cups unsweetened cocoa powder
12 1/2tsp. baking soda
14 1/4tsp. table salt
12 1/2cup vegetable or canola oil
12 1/2cup packed brown sugar
12 1/2cup granulated sugar
11Tbsp. liquid red food color
11tsp. distilled white vinegar
3232white chocolate "kiss" candies (such as Hershey's Hugs)

Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Combine oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until creamy, 3 minutes. Add the egg and mix to combine.

Mix in food color and vinegar until fully incorporated.

Add flour-cocoa mixture to sugar mixture; mix to combine.

Scoop dough with a #100 or #60 scoop (1–2 tsp.) onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake cookies until puffed and edges are set, 10–12 minutes.

Freeze candies (while baking cookies) to prevent melting when inserted into cookies.

Remove cookies from oven and insert one candy into each cookie. Let cookies stand on baking sheets 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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