These Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies are a fun, unique, and tasty treat to bake for Valentine’s Day.
Yes, my friends, ’tis the season for sweet treats, chocolates, and all things red and pink. I’m excited to kick off another holiday here on IBC with these Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies! (Oh, and be sure to check out more of my Valentine’s Day treats here.)
About now I’m guessing you might be thinking, “Wow, those sound interesting!” or “Michael, you’ve lost it. Gross!”
<h2>So how do you make these Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies?</h2>
Well, I’m here to tell you that these unique Valentine’s Day cookies are crazy delicious. I never would have thought to put sour gummy candies in sugar cookies, but the combination totally works.
I got this idea from my internet friend Kathy of Mama Kat’s Losin It. She has a YouTube channel that I thoroughly enjoy. (You can check it out and subscribe here.)
She’s started a weekly series in which she’s baking/cooking the recipes she finds on the back of products from the grocery store. Someone suggested that she try these Sour Patch Kids Sugar Cookies, and after watching her video, I was intrigued. She certainly lured me into making them, and I’m so glad she did!
(Also, speaking of Kathy, take a look at this video of her niece cracking eggs. It’s adorable!! She made it at my request, and I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s pure joy!)
Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies?
Well, they are pretty simple. All you need is sugar cookie dough and Sour Patch Kids candy. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I opted to use the heart-shaped candies, but any shape or variety will do.
I also decided to make my own sugar cookie dough, which is below. You can use that recipe, get a bag mix like Kathy did, or mix up your family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe.
The sugar cookie dough I made is a tad different from my go-to sugar cookie recipe. It’s a softer and lighter, making it ideal for a drop sugar cookie.
Once your dough is ready, just mix in a few cups of the Sour Patch Kids candies.
I found that a 1 1/2-inch ball of dough flattened with my hand before baking makes a nice sized cookie.
I also saved a few of the gummy candies to place on top of each cookie before baking. They give a sneak peek as to what’s inside the cookies, but they’re optional.
What you get is a soft cookie packed with fruit-flavored gummy candy. As you mix in the candy, some of the sour sugar comes off into the batter making for a unique and tasty flavor.
Also, the candy does soften a bit the cookies bake, so you won’t be biting into a hard gummy candy. I especially love these cookies when they are still warm because the candy is extra soft. However, they are equally tasty when cool.
So what do you think? Will you give these cookies a try? If you do, let me know what you think!
Thanks again to Kathy for inspiring this recipe!
If you liked this Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll love these:
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
- Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
- White Chocolate Chex Mix
- Skillet Cookie Cake
- Red Velvet Popcorn
Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies Recipe:
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups Sour Patch Kids* divided
Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, and confectioners' sugar using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth; then beat in the vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and kosher salt. Add all of this to the creamed mixture and mix until almost combined. Then add 2 3/4 cups of the Sour Patch Kids and gently mix to evenly distribute them.
Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball by pressing it with your hand. If desired, add an extra Sour Patch Kid to the top of each cookie.
Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Place cookies on wire racks to cool. Pack and store in an airtight container.
*I used the heart-shaped candies for Valentine's Day, but any variety will work.