I have just been given the great pleasure of sending my sweets off to be reviewed by a talented and resourceful blogger in the Orlando area. She provides thousands of people with money saving tips, coupons, reviews, and frequent giveaways! When I was given this wonderful opportunity, I sat myself down and created this delightful recipe for these incredible red velvet cookies specifically for the review.
Now, if you haven't read my earlier installments, you should know that I enjoy writing my own recipes and that I also like researching the history of the desserts that I am tackling-- especially if I've never made them before. Long story short on red velvet (because there are a lot of myths, etc and I had to do a lot of digging, and I'd rather not bore you with all of the links and then have to explain what is correct and incorrect with each one and why) is that it originated in the southern states. And even though there is a nod to the Devil's Food Cake in that it used beets to moisten the cake, the direct correlation pretty much ends there.
Red Velvet Cake traditionally has buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla, and white vinegar in it, besides the beets and/ or red food coloring... and should have dark chocolate cocoa powder because of the alkalinity in it since, while it's supposed to have some chocolate in it, the chocolate flavor should not be prominent and it is not supposed to be a chocolate cake (remember, these are just key ingredients, not all of them). And the icing, you ask? It should be of the cream cheese variety.
Now, let me tell you how I figured out how to get all of the key elements of authentic red velvet without having to frost them with cream cheese icing or make cookie sandwiches with it. I ended up using the baking soda, dark chocolate cocoa, vanilla, red food coloring, and even the cream cheese in my recipe. Since they are cookies, I added dark chocolate chips as a good pairing.
The cream cheese made the cookies creamy and soft-- softer than my Chocolate Chip Cookies, but not cakey or as soft as my breads or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. The balance of flavors turned out just as I hoped they would, so I'm extremely happy with the way they turned out... Especially for my first try!
If you enjoy red velvet, be sure to check out my Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies... They are to die for, and everyone that's ever had them absolutely cannot get enough of them! You should also check out my Freedom High School Water Polo Cake-- the water polo ball is a red velvet marble cake!
-Mandy from Mimi's Sweets