Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

I have been going Red Velvet crazy!

Ever since I made some red velvet sugar cookies my mind was working overtime coming up with different ways to use it.

There is of course my favorite, the Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake.

But before I show you all the variations, let me share the recipe.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Butter (I Use Unsalted)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

Instructions

  1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in 3 eggs and mix until combined.
  3. Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and red gel food coloring, then mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.
  5. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.
  6. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.
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I tried a few versions… adding apple cider vinegar and buttermilk and red-velvety type ingredients, but ultimately, this was the best tasting for me.  I did find that if I did want to add in the apple cider vinegar that the almond extract was a must!

I also found that the ACV variation tasted best with the Cream Cheese Buttercream, but that the cookie batter alone was not as delicious.

So therefore, I am not sharing that recipe.  If you want to play around with it, I added 1 tsp vinagar and 1/4 cup cocoa and subtracked 1/4 cup flour.

So here is the full on Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake.

This is a winner.  I would make this for any and every one.  Its messy and delicious.

Next I took my base red velvet cookie and added Cream Cheese frosting. (Dont click that.  Seriously.  That is the greatest cream cheese frosting I have ever had and you will be forever ruined once you have tried it.  Just dont click.)

I thought these would be perfect for Mothers Day!

I could pipe out a bunch of different flowers on the cookies and give mom a red velvet cream cheese bouquet!

Then I made a cake.  But not any old cake.

A red velvet cookie cake with cream cheese ICE CREAM.

I used this recipe from Taste of Home.

And then I cut into it and the whole cake nearly slipped off the plate and I was licking my fingers like crazy and holding a giant butcher knife and I decided there had to be a better way.

So I made these.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwich’s.  These are my favorite.  I may have even drizzled melted chocolate over the top and added sprinkles to this already decadent treat.

And why does this picture look all funny?  I took it with my phone.  Using Instagram to be more specific!

Needless to say, I am more than smitten with the Red Velvet Sugar Cookie.

But I think I will now try to go 24 hours without eating one.  It will be hard, but I feel its necessary for the sake my my poor, unsophisticated palate.

If someone invents decaf red velvet mocha coffee I am so screwed.

*I got the red and white twine here.

Comments

  1. Kim says

    I’m making these for valentines day. Did a test run today. The dough is really soft and sticky. I weigh my flour at 4.5 oz per cup. Any suggestions? They tasted lovely, just didn’t cutout well.

  2. Stormie says

    I made these cookies today for our men at the Vetrans Home for Valentines. They came out lovely and very yummy. Though in reading the recipe I had some questions during the making of the cookies. I hope you don’t mind some constructive critisim? The recipe didn’t have an amount of how many cookies it could make (I know it can change with size of cookie cutter), but an approx amount would have been helpful. I didn’t know if I woud have enough for my VA men. Also how thick to roll out the dough you would suggest. Lastly, how you tell the cookies are perfectly cooked. I muddled through and our VA guys will each get one cookie tonight (I used a 4 inch heart cutter).
    How do you get your cream cheese frosting stiff enough to make flowers out of it? I came up with the same frosting for when I make cinnamon rolls. I like buttercream frosting and cream cheese frostings and combined them. Your right about how good it is. I almost have to make two batches for one batch of cinnamon rolls.

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