Friday, March 14, 2008

Red velvet cookies

This post was meant to feature the red velvet black and white cookies that Cakespy posted for Valentines Day, from an edition of Every Day with Rachael Ray. And sure, these are red velvet cookies. They are just not red velvet black and white cookies, because Cakelaw did not realise until 10.30pm last night that she had virtually no icing sugar left to make the white icing. Accordingly, these cookies have transformed into red velvet cookies with chocolate icing.

I had previously made
black and white cookies, having been introduced to this phenomenon by Nic at Baking Bites. However, I was keen to try the red velvet experience, because I have seen so many people post about red velvet cake and how much they love it. (I had never heard of red velvet before I started reading blogs, because like black and white cookies, you don't really see it in Australia.) I decided that these cookies would be an easy introduction to red velvet, because they are smaller than a cake and therefore there is less overall red. Still, I was mildly shocked when I added the red colouring, which unsurprisingly turned the batter a very vibrant red. The interesting part about it for me is that when the cookies had baked, they turned a deep, mellow shade of red - phew!

These cookies are huge - the recipe is only meant to make 10 cookies, and I ended up with 15 of varying shapes and sizes. (I need to work on my technique with this one, as it is a little like making pancakes.) They bake up nice and soft, like black and white cookies are supposed to be. The chocolate icing also tastes very nice, consisting as it does almost entirely of chocolate. Although I cannot speak for the white icing, I am sure that it would taste great too!

If you are looking for a fun cookie to make that is a little different from the every day, I can recommend giving these cookies a go. Next step - the red velvet cake!


Pixie said...

Ooh, I've yet to make anything red velvet myself. Shall star this and hopefully, come back to it at some point!

elisabeth said...

I love cookies,those look interesting,I am gonna try them soon...

Emiline said...

I saw these on Cakespy, too! They look really great. I can't believe you ran out of icing sugar. Man.
That sounds like something I would do.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

First I've heard of cookies like these. Sound like fun to make. saw an interseting Red Velvet Cake at Joy the Baker's blog. Hmmmmm...looking fwd to making these soon!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Pixie, they taste pretty good, so definitely worth a burl. It is hard to fit in everything I'd like to make too!!

Thanks Elisabeth, would love to hear how you go.

Hi Emiline, I am really disorganised at the moment. A bit of a Homer Simpson "Duh!" moment for me.

hanks Deeba - they end up being kinda fun, but watch out for all that red when you first put it in - whoa!

Mary said...

How terrible am I that I've never had black and white cookies (I think they're a New York City thing) or red velvet cake which is predominantly Southern. But I think the combination of the two is brilliant!

adele said...


I meant to use red velvet for my anti-Valentine's bleeding heart cake, but I didn't have enough cocoa powder. Maybe next year. :)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Mary, you are not alone in that! These cookies kill two birds with one stone.

Hi Adele, absolutely!