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.

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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
INSTRUCTIONS
  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.
NOTES
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.
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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!
xo,
McKenna
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So I started a blog about cookies….

I was inspired to start a blog because I have challenged myself to make a different kind of cookie each week.  I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies ever since I can remember and people are always amazed when they taste so good, but I literally use the recipe on the bag of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.  It’s not that hard, people.  I just follow the instructions and pay attention to detail.  Chocolate chip cookies will always be my fave but I want to try new things…be adventurous with my baking.

I’ve always loved myself a good cookie and I’ve been making them for so long I don’t even consider it a hobby, I consider baking cookies to be part of who I am.  They are what I bring to the table…literally and figuratively.  If I’m going to a gathering, I will be there will cookies.  And in life, I feel like baking cookies is my way of spreading happiness.  Homemade cookies make my day and I hope that when I make them for other people, they feel the same joy that I do.

When I first had this idea, I thought to myself “McKen, why do you have to start a blog?  You can just do it.”  But documenting this challenge will keep me accountable and maybe me being adventurous with my cookie baking will encourage others to do the same.  I also wanted to write about cookies because I am trying to gain more confidence in my writing.  Ever since declaring a minor in Language and Literacy, I’ve been forced to share a lot of my writing.  Writing is something I’ve always been self-conscious about, but I’m slowly getting more and more confident.  I’m also currently working on a semester long multigenre writing project about chocolate chip cookies and I thought it would be cool to work on these two project simultaneously…or I could just get burnt out from so much cookie talk and never bake again…jk that would never happen.  Do you even know who I am?

All that being said, I hope me sharing my cookie baking adventures can bring some joy to your life and encourages the dominance of your sweet tooth!  If you have any cookie recipe suggestions or know of any places to eat good cookies, holla at yo girl.  I have one for you right now…Rutabagorz peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.  If you’re not in the Orange County area I will mail you one!

Thanks for reading this rant and I hope you have a sweet day.

xo,

McKenna