Purple Zebra Cookies

February 13, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

Last week, you saw our wine and beer cupcakes, and this week I wanted to share the cookies that went with our Purple and Zebra Print theme. This was a fun cookie to make with Izzie – she really enjoyed unwrapping the candies, adding the ingredients, and pushing the Hugs onto the cookies. Overall, it was a quick and fun activity for Izzie and me while Lucy napped!

Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs Cookies

  • 1 bag Hershey Raspberry Hugs
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove wrappers for candies.  Izzie loved this job. I told her she could eat one for helping. As she unwrapped them, I heard her say, “one for you,” talking to the bowl, “and one for me!”  She obviously has been hanging out with Ethan too long!

  • Beat butter, shortening, and sugar together until well blended.
  • Gradually beat in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add food coloring 2 -3 drops at a time, until desired color. I used blue and red Gel coloring to color the dough purple.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.  I used my Pampered Chef 1-inch melon baller to scoop the dough.  It was super quick and I didn’t have to roll balls. Win!

  • Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until cookie is set.
  • Remove from oven to wire rack. Cool 2 minutes.
  • Press Hershey Hug into center of cookie. Be careful not to push too hard or it will crumble the cookie.  Izzie struggled with this, although it could have been part of her evil plot to “ruin” the cookies and then eat them. LOL!

  • Remove cookies from cookie sheet onto wire rack and cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Mmmm…..

10 Responses
  1. Icarus says:

    do you have to use all purpose flour or can you use one of those supposedly healthier types of flour?

  2. Lindsay says:

    Yummy! I love these cookies! And what a sweet helper you have there!

  3. William says:

    Be careful substituting “healthier” flours. Most of them absorb more moisture than regular all-purpose flour. You’ll have to alter the recipe a little. I tried straight whole wheat flour for chocolate chip cookies once…disaster. When using whole wheat flour, just replace half the flour called for with whole wheat.

  4. Chris Paulis says:

    This is AWESOME! You are a GREAT mom!

  5. Colorful and fun. Very motivating for little bakers. I’m not even sure I knew there were raspberry kisses!

    BTW, I haven’t been big on Pinterest, but now my daughter and I are both addicted to your boards. You have great taste… Maybe because it so fits ours? 😉 And I have shared your whole funny things board because there are just too many to share just one or two!

  6. Paul&Aundrea says:

    Are your cookies so perfectly round b/c of the ice cream scoop?

  7. frazzled5 says:

    My 5yr old loves anything purple- great way to get the kids involved!

  8. MiniDee16 says:

    So cute and fun looking. Loving the ice cream scoop idea too

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