Deck the halls…

Raise your hand if you’re ready for the holidays. You can’t see it, but my hand is NOT raised! However, last night I had to pretend I was ready to deck the halls because I participated in a Holiday event at Sophistikate in downtown Bethlehem. The event was geared toward prepping for the holidays, but more importantly the event was raising funds and awareness for Finding Jenn’s Voice, which is a non profit that stands up for the fight against Intimate Partner Violence.

I decided to make red velvet cookies for the occasion. Something simple, yet it really drives home the holiday theme since they are indeed red. These cookies were simple to make. I’m thinking they would be perfect to bake while taking a break from wrapping presents. However, if you’re anything like me, you will wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping as well as gift wrapping. What can I say, another lovely trait I’ve inherited from my dad. He is the king of “wait til the last minute to Christmas shop.” There were many times where you could just see it in my moms eyes that she was less than thrilled to be receiving the Christmas present she got from my dad. Probably because he picked it up at cvs or rite aid the day before. No offense to anyone who shops at either store, I love both places…it’s just not exactly the best place to buy your wife a Christmas present. To give my dad credit though, he has gotten much better over the years at giving my mom decent Christmas presents. Sorry for throwing ya under the bus, Dad!

Put on some Christmas music and spread some holiday cheer with these delicious cookies! You’ve got a good seven weeks to get into the holiday spirit. Maybe I should start my shopping now and actually be on the ball for once. Yeah…probably not going to happen!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read. Be kind to yourself. Until next time, keep it sweet! -Ange

 

 

Stir flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt & baking soda together in small bowl.  Set Aside.

Stir flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt & baking soda together in small bowl. Set Aside.

 

 

In mixer, cream butter & sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time.  Mix well.

In mixer, cream butter & sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Mix well.

 

 

Beat in buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla & red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Beat in buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla & red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.

 

 

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop batter using spoon or small scoop. Roll into 1 inch balls. {I coated them in confectioners sugar & corn starch}.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a spoon or small scoop, scoop dough, & roll dough into 1 inch balls. {I coated them in confectioners sugar & corn starch}. *1 cup confectioners sugar & 1 teaspoon corn starch; whisk together in small bowl.*

 

 

Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until firm. Cookies should be cake-like & light. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until firm. Cookies should be cake-like & light. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe: {Red Velvet Cookies}

*makes 24-30 cookies*

 

Ingredients:

1-1/3 cups flour

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons buttermilk

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon red food coloring

*for coating*

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon corn starch

 

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees

-Whisk together confectioners sugar and corn starch in small bowl. Set aside.

-Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, & baking soda in small bowl. Set aside.

-Cream together the butter & sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla & food coloring.

-Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.

-Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a small scoop or spoon, scoop dough & roll dough into 1 inch balls. Coat in confectioners sugar and cornstarch mixture. Line on cookie sheets.

-Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are firm. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack.

 

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