What is it about red velvet cakes that make people go crazy? Is it the vivid red color? The hint of cocoa taste? The luscious cream cheese frosting?
Oh right, that’s it- all of the above!
You may remember my first attempt at red velvet whoopie pies from last year. While delicious, I felt there was some room for improvement, particularly with the texture of the cookie itself.
Because my boyfriend’s birthday was on Sunday, I wanted to make him a special treat. He loves red velvet, and loves snickerdoodles- so I thought to myself, can I combine my world-famous snickerdoodles with the classic red velvet taste, color and texture?
Yes, yes I can. Turns out that two rights make an even BETTER right.
- ½ cup unsaltedbutter (1 stick), at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp red food coloring (can go up to 3 if you feel your dough isn’t red enough)
- 1½ cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg, vanilla and red food coloring and beat until smooth.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and cocoa powder.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Lett the dough rest for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator. When ready, pre heat oven to 300 F.
- Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes and no more. The cookies may seem undercooked, but will continue to develop after they are removed from the oven. When the cookies have cooled they should be soft and chewy in the middle.
- While the cookies are baking, make the frosting: in a bowl, mix together the softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar and mix, ½ cup at a time, until the desired sweetness is achieved.
- Make sandwiches with the cookies and frosting, and serve!
Once again, just a reminder that there is still a lot of devastation and so many opportunities to help here in the NY/NJ area. If you are in NYC and are able to volunteer your time or donate any goods, check out this great Google Map my friend Alyssa made of places that are looking for help. Otherwise the Red Cross is another great option as always for monetary donations.