Monday, February 6, 2012

Red Velvet Chip Cookies


Well, after two months, the Secret Recipe Club is finally back!!! I couldn't be more excited. For this month, I was assigned to Amanda's blog, Fake Ginger. I've actually been following her beautiful and tasty blog for some time now, ever since we both participated in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies two years ago. She has a ton of delicious looking sweets on her blog, and you know how I love sweets! The only difficult part was choosing which sweet treat I wanted to make. The answer is that I wasn't able to narrow it down to just one, so I'll be posting about one today and the other one later this week.

Seeing as how it's getting close to Valentine's Day, and also how much my family loves red velvet cake, I decided to make her Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. The red food coloring gives these cookies a total wow factor. The only change I made was to use a little milk mixed with vinegar instead of plain milk or cream. I figured it would give these cookies that twang that red velvet cake is known for.

So, I'm sure you're all wondering, did the cookies actually taste like red velvet cake? Not really. But, the thing is, when I took a bite of these cookies, with all that gooey, melty chocolate bursting out of every bite, my immediate reaction was, "I don't care what these cookies are supposed to taste like, because I LIKE how they taste!!!" I have no doubt that you're going to feel the exact same way if you try them.


There's only one thing I'd do differently the next time I make these and that is that I'd make MORE of them instead of just one batch. This time around, I was making them to give to someone else and, after setting aside that person's cookies, I only had three left to savor for myself. Yeah, with cookies as good as these, I think I need at least a dozen of my own to be fully happy.

Thank you Amanda for one awesome keeper of a recipe!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Fake Ginger)

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk (I used 1 tsp. vinegar + skim milk to make 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. red food coloring
1/2 c. chocolate chips (I used about 3/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and heavy cream and combine until smooth. Beat in red food coloring. Stir in cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and set on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

*If you are using liquid food dye, you will need less milk. I suggest leaving the milk as the last step (before chocolate chips) and adding as needed.




31 comments:

  1. yay SRC! these sound amazing. i'll have to give them a try soon. :)

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  2. You are right, these look fantastic. Now that you made them, I have to do so, also. You inspire.

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  3. I am totally going to have to make these! YUM!

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  4. Delicious and perfect for Valentine's Day!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  5. Those cookies sound like a delicious Valentine treat!

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  6. Red velvet is the new cake batter, for sure! These look delicious!!

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  7. Oh snap! Great choice! I love Amanda's blog and you did her proud with this post.

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  8. Yum, these look really good. Perfect for Valentine's Day. Great choice!

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  9. Love the red color! Very timely with Valentine's Day coming up.

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  10. These look amazing! I love red velvet - perfect for valentine's day!

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  11. These look fantastic. I have just added them to my "to bake" list. :)

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  12. I made some red velvet cookies with a red velvet cake mix a couple months ago. They were pretty good, but I try not to bake with store bought mixes, so these look like a great alternative!

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  13. who would have thought???? they look great, and I am the cookie girl as well, guess I will bookmark this one too! Great post, and I like the sour milk addition, more authentic!

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  14. Such cute cookies! Must be delicious too :-)

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  15. Great pick! Yes- these are totally perfect for Valentine's day. Makes me want to bake again (and I just finished ;))

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  16. Yum, delicious! I love red velvet cookies.

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  17. Perfect cookie for V-Day! I love anything red velvet!

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  18. Great pick, Lisa! They look amazing!!!

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  19. Yum! I adore red velvet cake and never thought to make red velvet cookies - brilliant, and great SRC pick! Seriously perfect for vday :-D

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  20. Oh just wow, these cookies look so great and are in perfect theme for St val. I would make 3 batches next time!

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  21. Love the deep red color! I also like the overhead shot of your cookies~it looks like a giant (red) sunflower:)

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  22. Fun recipe pick for Valentines day! I'm sure your friend loved them too.

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  23. What a perfect selection for the SRC as its so close to valentine's! Even if they don't taste like red velvet cake, they do play the part really well. Bet they were as delicious as they look!

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  24. Wow those are so pretty! What a vibrant red color. Bet they were great!

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  25. Oh, yeah, these look fabulous! Great SRC pick, Lisa!!!

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  26. How can you go wrong with yummy chocolate cookies?? These look fantastic!

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  27. Love the vibrant red colour of these cookies. They are perfect for the coming Valentine Day!

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  28. I'm seeing red velvet all over the place in every form, and I'm loving it! I love the idea of a red velvet chocolate chip cookie! They look amazing! Great choice!

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  29. Red velvet should be a food group unto itself! Great pick for SRC.

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  30. Loving these. I have such a soft spot for red velvet. Great cookies and wonderful blog assignment.

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  31. Red Velvet cookies. YUM!! Agree. As long as they taste good!!!

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