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Michelle Lara / January 28, 2014

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Make Valentine’s Day Sweeter

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valentines_redvelvetcookies_tinyprint3CCK Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but before you head to the mall for that fancy bottle of perfume or expensive box of chocolates {those are all  gifts that I would never decline btw} perhaps you want to bake a sweet treat instead.

I have to be honest these cookies have been on my ‘must bake’ list since before Christmas. I was looking for something fun and festive to make when I came across this recipe.

These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are the perfect Valentine's Day treat - Michelle Lara
These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat – Michelle Lara

The holidays got the best of me but these cookies have been on my mind for months.  With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies would be perfect and let’s be honest I’ve never met a red velvet anything that I wasn’t a fan of.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5 tsp red food coloring
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each). Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 – 14 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • *If you want them a little more chocolatey you can replace 2 – 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 – 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder.

*Recipe Source: CookingClassy.com

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A fun way to surprise your tiniest Valentine with these  cookies is to stack and pack them up in a cellophane bag.

I found these great stickers that you can personalize from Tiny Prints and thought they’d be a sweet lunchbox treat for Jaiden on Valentine’s Day.

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