Sunday, August 10, 2008

Red Velvet Cookies

One day in summer (late July to be precise) I needed butter cream.. I made butter cream... and for some reason it tasted all wrong. So i tried to fix it by adding things. Cream Cheese being one of them. I ended up with a tasty cream cheese frosting.. and a need to start over and make some plain butter cream for the original purpose.

So what do you do when you have a bunch of cream cheese butter cream sitting around in the freezer?
You make Red Velvet! But I need a cake break - so I mooshed the general idea of Red Velvet Cake a bit to get some Red Velvet Cookies! Hurrah. They're tasty and soft.

Red Velvet Cookies
(This recipie makes like 500 times more frosting than you need, I'd scale it back to about 1/4 of this.)

3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 heaping tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 of those plastic little containers of liquid red food coloring (i only had neon colours, and so mine are kinda purply because i used 1 hot pink and 1/2 violet)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp white vinegar (next time I think I would use 1/2 - 1 tbsp more)

Fluff together butter and sugars. Mix eggs in one at a time until well incorporated. In separate small bowl mix vanilla, food colouring and cocoa until a paste. Add to mixer and blend. Add flour ans salt and beat. Now, in a cup, over the mixing bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda. Make sure any fizzles end up in the bowl, mix with a spoon, and dump into mixing bowl - beat well.

Spoon onto greased cookie sheet in teaspoon balls, at least 3 in apart. bake in preheated oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or until fluffed up and done-looking.
let cool on sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup crisco
3/4 10 oz can (that would be 7.5 oz, yo) evaporated milk
1/2 cup or so cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar (not exact)
2 tsp vanilla

cream butters, crisco and cream cheese together. Add milk and vanilla, mix well. add sugar until desired consistency/taste.

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