Cooking Up a Hooley: Cookies Perfect for the Holidays

These cookies are too delish to pass up. Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite. Yet, at the holidays, many people shy away from these cookies and instead make traditional and more inspired pastries. Sometimes, though a chocolate chip cookie is what you are craving. These cookies are unique and fit just perfectly with the Christmas season.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes three dozen servings

  • 3 cups + 2 tbsp of All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teasp Baking Soda
  • ½ teasp Salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter – room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup white Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs – room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Buttermilk
  • 4 teasp Vanilla
  • 3 tbsp Red Food Color
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.
  • With a hand-held or stand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy
  • Add in sugars and mix until blended
  • Add in eggs one at a time
  • Add vanilla
  • Add buttermilk and food coloring and mix until combined
  • You will want to use a good, strong red food color – the ones in with the baking supplies in Walmart or Craft stores are much more intense and you need that for the deep red color.
  • Add more food coloring until the dough is very bright red. Cookies will brown in the oven and the color becomes faded if you do not use enough.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Stir in the semi-sweet chips.
  • Dough will be sticky. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet covered with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Bake in a preheated 350* for 10 min.

They should be slightly puffy when done. Watch the time so the bottoms do not become too dark.

Remove from the oven and press 3-4 dark chocolate chips into each cookie while still on the warm cookie sheet

After 5-10 minutes, transfer to a rack to cool.

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Katie Gagne

Katie Gagne

*Katie is an English teacher at Trinity High School by day and in her “spare” time runs her own at-home baking business, Sassy’s Sweets and Oh So Much More, specializing in gourmet cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries. She can be reached at [email protected] or (440) 773-4459


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