It’s the first day of February, and, boy, do I have a fitting treat for you. RED VELVET SANDWICH COOKIES. Oh, and an equally adorable gift guide for all the girlies in your life. If you’re into either of those things, keep reading! Today is white and red and yum all over.
A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
Gift guides are one of my current favorite things. I love to see what other people love, the frivolous knick knacks they’re clicking into their online carts and dreaming about for their own lives. Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is the perfect time to explore those pretty things. In no other season is it as acceptable- nay- NECESSARY for us to be unabashedly feminine, delighting in pink-hued objects and delicate florals. It’s probably why celebrating Valentine’s with the gals over some special someone is arguably more fun- we love a niche, themed reason to party. Today, I have a cute little gift guide for all the ladies in your life. Check it out!
Shop the Guide:
1. Striped Terry Cosmetic Bag The cutest toiletry bag that is begging to be monogrammed!
2. Painted Classic Novels Rifle Paper redesigned the covers to some of your favorite classic novels.
3. Matte Lip Crayon My new favorite lip covering by Laura Mercier comes in a number of pretty hues.
4. Acrylic Vase Tiny holes in the top of this elongated acrylic vase makes floral arranging a cinch!
5. Block Print Tablecloth Confession: I have been buying up these tablecloths. Run, don’t walk.
6. Touch Lamps These touch lamps were my favorite Christmas gift this year. But that rosy color? Come on.
7. Instax Wide Printer On-the-go prints are made possible with this vintage-inspired photo printer.
8. Floral Tea Kettle This McKenzie Childs pot is the happiest little add-on for your kitchen.
9. Acrylic Bookstand I was influenced into buying one of these, and now it’s a staple on my sofa table.
10. Ugg Slippers Ugg’s ultra-trendy Tasmin slippers now come in a number of Valentine colors.
11. Knit Sweater This feels like the dress-up or dress-down sweater dreams are made of.
12. Leather Purse Sezane’s leather purses are feminine luxury at its finest.
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
Now, onto the cookies.
Red velvet is a favorite in our house. Those subtle cocoa flavors mixed with cream cheese frosting are just downright delicious. After deciding a red velvet cookie was rather overdue, I took to the kitchen and promtly whipped up what *might be* my favorite treat in a long time. These cookies are chewy, intensely so, while still being soft throughout. The sweetness is balanced, not even remotely overbearing, and the pairing of cream cheese and velvety cookies is beyond perfection. In short, I adore these cookies.
How to Make Red Velvet Cookies
To make the cookies, we start by creaming butter and sugar. Once smooth, we add the liquid ingredients: egg, vanilla, red food coloring, and vinegar. Finally, flour and cocoa powder toss together with salt and leavening before a smooth, soft dough forms. The small cookies bake up round and slightly puffed. Once cooled, we make a simple cream cheese buttercream with butter and powdered sugar. Dolloped swirls sandwich between two cookies and help to keep these treats soft and moist. Once complete, they are as delicious as they are adorable- quite possibly the cutest Valentine’s treat to make this year.
Give these red velvet cookies (and the gift guide!) a once over and let me know what you think! Happy February and Happy Baking, y’all!
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Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies and a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!
These red velvet sandwich cookies feature chewy cocoa-scented cookies and a cream cheese buttercream filling!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 45
- Yield: 14
- Category: Cookies
For the cookies:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the buttercream:
- 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
To make the cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two pans with sheets of parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and vinegar, and stir until well combined. Toss in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low to integrate.
- Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion our 2 teaspoon-sized rounds of dough. Roll each briefly in your hands to smooth and set out 2” apart on the prepared sheet pan. Bake the pans one at a time, about 10-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are barely set- the insides make still look soft and underdone. Set aside to cool while you cook the second pan. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
To assemble the cookies:
- When you’re ready to assemble the cookies, prepare the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese together on medium speed just until combined, about 1 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Put the cookies in same-sized pairs and spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe a circle of buttercream onto one cookie from each pair and gently press the two cookies together to make a sandwich. Allow them to set up briefly before enjoying!