Let me explain. My husband, bless his heart, always tries to buy me something with hearts or romantic. Note to self: make sure to not let him read this post. Our first Valentine’s Day, he bought me a Swatch which was really sweet because it was my first year in Switzerland and he wanted me to have something Swiss. Except, it was plastic and covered in hearts. Needless to say, I never wore it and still hear about it 11 years later.
Last year, I apparently had been talking about a teddy bear that I had when I was a child named Columbus. I used to take that thing everywhere! Well, he thought that having a Vermont Teddy Bear customized for $100 dollars, would fill my empty, lost heart (cause I guess he thought I felt that way since I no longer had Columbus?).
Now don’t get me wrong, I do my best to put on my thankful, happy, surprised face, but that man can read me like nothing else! So we have just come to the conclusion that Valentine’s Day is about crafts and baking, and that totally works for us.
On to the cookies. I am not a big red velvet fan, but my kids love it. It is probably because of all the red dye! Before my “from scratch” days, I used to make these with cake mixes. They turn out kind of cakey, but kind of cookie like at the same time. The chocolate is subtle, but there and paired with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, they are delicious. I am going to give you guys the from scratch version as well as the cake mix version.
Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
In a food processor, combine all of the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to mix them up. Add the butter and pulse until it has been incorporated. Keep in
mind, it will still be pretty dry. You can also do this with a pastry cutter.
Red Velvet Cookies
- 1 Batch Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 vegetable oil
- Red food coloring
Add all ingredients and mix until combined. Your going to need a lot of red coloring, so start with 1 tbsp, and keep adding until you have obtained your desired color. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Boxed Cake Mix Red Velvet Cookies
- 1 box Red Velvet cake mix (18.25 oz)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 vegetable oil
Add all ingredients and mix until combined. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon