Monday, February 24, 2014

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This month's What's Baking theme: Red Velvet was fitting for February. Who doesn't like red velvet—especially around Valentine's Day? Did you know that true red velvet is not chocolate flavor, but actually buttermilk? Some recipes differ and call for more chocolate or cocoa than others, which gives some red velvet recipes more chocolate flavor than others. In cookie form, these red velvet chocolate chip cookies were one of those chocolate-heavy red velvet recipes. They were not as red as I hoped they would be because the brown cocoa overpowered the red food coloring, giving them a reddish-brown color.Color aside, these cookies were so delicious that I could not stop eating them! They had a deep chocolate flavor that paired well with the white and semisweet chocolate chips.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: The Barbee Housewife

1 stick butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup of  brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used a mix of about 3/4 cup of white and semisweet chocolate chips.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a large bowl and set aside.

Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and red food coloring and mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop balls or mounds of dough onto the baking sheets and bake for 10-13 minutes.

Let cool a few minutes on the baking sheets and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

White Chocolate, Toffee, & Coconut Cookies

Sometimes you just need a cookie. Life doesn't always go as planned. You will have bad days. People will hurt your feelings. It will snow every day with no end in sight. And sometimes nothing will make you feel better. These cookies will make you feel better. They are chewy, sweet, and delicious with hints of salty toffee to keep them from being overly sweet. So if you are sad, or even if you are happy, make these cookies. You won't be disappointed.

White Chocolate, Toffee, & Coconut Cookies
Source: Lick the Bowl Good
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup toffee bits
1 package (12 oz.) white chocolate chips
3/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. 
Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
With the mixer on low, add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Stir in toffee bits, white chocolate chips, and coconut.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly golden along the edges.
Allow to cool for a few minutes on cookie sheets before removing to a rack to cool completely.