When my friend Faye and her daughter Maia visited for baking lessons, Faye’s request was for us to make red velvet cookies. I’ve never tried making one, nor have I tasted one. I did find a recipe online and it was pretty easy to make. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make the cookies during their visit. Yesterday I was bored and I missed baking and remembered that I still have my ingredients in the pantry.
The cookies were really good! Mike liked it too. It was crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy inside. It wasn’t very sweet and tasted like, well, red velvet. I cannot not share it with you so here’s the recipe from Cooking Classy.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder*
- 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
- 6 Tbsp all vegetable shortening, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp red food coloring
- 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, set aside. Add butter, shortening and sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer and mix on medium speed until very pale and fluffy about 4 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and mix until combine. Add vinegar, vanilla and food coloring and mix until well blended. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Mix in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) and roll into balls and place on buttered or Silpat lined cookie sheets. Gently press about 6 white chocolate chips into the top of each cookie, being careful not to flatten the cookies (if you do flatten them a bit just reshape them to the height they had before adding the chips) and bake in preheated oven 8 – 9 minutes. Allow to cool several minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store cookies in an airtight container.