Saturday, February 11, 2017

Red (or purple) Velvet Rolled Cookies

I already have a red velvet drop cookie recipe. These were in Better Homes & Gardens magazine this month--specifically with red hearts for Valentine's Day (I'd link to it here, but I can't access it online; red heart photo is theirs). I opted for purple food coloring as I plan to take them to my students at NVHS...if the snow ever melts, roads clear and we actually have school again! Any color could be used, though with a bit of cocoa powder in these, if you want light or pastel colors it would be better to make a rolled sugar cookie.

1 C butter, softened
1¼ C sugar
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 T liquid food coloring
1 tsp vanilla
2¾ C flour
    powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add cocoa, baking powder and salt; beat, scraping sides of bowl to fully incorporate all ingredients. Beat in eggs, food coloring and vanilla.

Slowly add flour and stir until just combined. Chill 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 375˚. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to " thick; Cut with cookie cutters and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until bottoms are very light brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Sprinkle cooled cookies with powdered sugar, using stencils if desired for decoration.

Makes about 3 dozen 2 - 2½" cookies.

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