In recent years, red velvet has boomed in popularity; once primarily seen only in cakes, it can be found as a flavor for muffins, cookies, ice cream, and other grocery items. It’s easy to understand why. This traditional Southern fare combines the richness of chocolate with heavy doses of butter and shortening to give pastries and snacks a unique taste and texture.
Enjoy the red velvet cookies below as a warm, fresh-baked winter treat, make them to bring to a holiday party, or exchange them at a neighborhood cookie swap.
Servings: 36 cookies
- 2¼ cups flour
- 2½ tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 6 tablespoons shortening
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
- 1½ teaspoons vinegar
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1⅓ cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch,baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Using a hand mixer set on medium, combine butter, shortening, and sugar until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk, and mix until just combined.
- Add vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring until well blended, and slowly add dry ingredients to the mixture.
- Add chocolate chips, and mix with a spoon or a spatula. Mold 1½ tablespoons of dough into a round shape, without flattening, and place on a cookie sheet; repeat for each cookie. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Your red velvet cookies not only will provide luscious flavor for your guests, but also will fit in nicely with the decor of the holidays. For more red-hot recipe ideas, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/recipes.