Monday, February 6, 2017

Red Velvet Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies



One of my favorite holidays. The decor, the candy, and the overall vibe gets me every year. Unfortunately this year it lands on a Tuesday, but Saturday I will be celebrating with a bunch of girlfriends with Fifty Shades Darker and cocktails.. and eating lots of cookies of course.

These cookies are so pretty, and so easy to make. Anyone can do it. I love that the recipe makes only 6 cookies, so it's perfect for someone like me who wants a sweet treat, but doesn't want two dozen cookies sitting around the house waiting to be eaten. Usually I will eat one or two and then pawn the rest of them off to my friends, coworkers, or anyone that will take them.







Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 white chocolate peanut butter hearts

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350, and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat).
  2. Stir together the melted butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Stir very well to combine. 
  3. Next, sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt evenly over the dough, and stir just to combine.
  4. Press the dough flat and evenly in the bowl, and then divide it in half by eye. You should get 3 cookies from each half.
  5. Roll each dough ball in your hands, roll lightly extra granulated sugar, and then space evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they spread, start to crackle and appear dry on top.
  7. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. After the cookies have cooled for 10 minutes, press a white chocolate heart into the center of each cookie. Move the cookies to the fridge (so the hearts don't melt too much) to set for 30 minutes.
  9. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe from Dessert For Two.