Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

I found these cookies from Give Recipe while browsing on Pinterest.  I pinned it to my “Sweet” board which is quickly becoming my most pinned to board.  I have never made red velvet anything and never thought about what made them red until now.  Red food coloring makes them red…that was a lot less exciting than I was expecting but it makes  a lot of sense.  The suckers smelled amazing from the second the dough was done.  I also had to chill the dough for an hour which felt like an eternity because I wanted to see/taste the end product.  The dough looked so velvety, majestic, and deep.


To make these cookies you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon semi sweet chocolate or nutella (I used nutella because it saved a few steps)
  • ½ cup (110g) butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 and ½ tablespoons red food coloring (I used liquid)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for coating
  1. Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in a double broiler or in a heatproof pan over simmering water. Put aside until it reaches room temperature.
  2. Mix butter and sugars with an electric mixer or with a spatula until creamy.
  3. Beat egg in another bowl and add it into the mixture.
  4. Add in melted chocolate, vanilla and red food coloring. Mix well.
  5. Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda in a separate bowl and gradually add in the butter mixture.
  6. Chill the dough at least for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  8. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and make it a ball. Put 1 cup powdered sugar in a bowl and roll the cookie ball into the powdered sugar. Coat it well with powdered sugar. Place on the parchment paper. Bake each for 11 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and wait on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Then let them cool completely on a wire rack.
1. I gently pressed on some of them with my two fingers to give them a flat look. You can do the same or just leave them as they are.

2. The powdered sugar I used to coat the cookies almost melted, so I sifted some more after they partly cooled.

I brought these cookies to a meeting on Monday night and they were a hit!  I think I had about five (oops).  I ran into friends in the student union after my meeting and one of them said red velvet was hard to do in cookies and it made me feel accomplished and good.
Not going to lie, my Monday wasn’t the best.  I was feeling stressed, overwhelmed and generally not good about myself all day but consuming these cookies with people I care about made me feel a-ok.
Have a fab day!

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