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Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

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I’m a huge fan of red velvet anything, so I had a lot of fun making these cookies for week 2 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. (A word of caution, however: make sure you wear gloves. I made them yesterday, and my hands are still a little red from the food coloring!) These cookies come together very quickly, and one of the great parts about them is that you can freeze them for up to 3 months – so, you can make them now and get a little ahead on your Christmas baking! In addition, because these cookies don’t contain any baking soda or powder, they stay quite flat while baking…which means they’d be great for decorating with royal icing! You can also dip them in chocolate, whip up a filling and make sandwich cookies out of them, or drizzle some melted white chocolate over the tops like I did. Get creative!

Recipe adapted from here.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.

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Cut in the butter with a pastry blender and stir in the food coloring. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead, adding water gradually until the dough comes together and becomes smooth (you may not need all the water). Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes.

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Bake about 20 minutes, and then remove to a rack to cool.

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Drizzle with the white chocolate.

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Makes a dozen 3″ cookies.

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Posted by on October 8, 2010.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

29 Responses

  1. Wait seriously… Christmas is that close? Ahhh!
    I love anything red velvet so I know these would be a hit!

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

  2. I would have never thought of Red Velvet shortbread!! They looks fantastic!

    by april on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

  3. What a great idea, red velvet cookies! Love that!

    by Tracy on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

  4. I would have never thought of a red velvet cookie – they are so pretty, too! Thanks for sharing this one!

    by Pam on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

  5. What a great idea! I love the streaks of red throughout the cookie! Perfect for Christmas! So festive!

    by Sue on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

  6. Great pick for a recipe. My family loves red velvet cake so I know they’d get a kick out of these cookies. Plus, the color is so right for Christmas.

    by Lisa on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

  7. WOW…great idea! Never heard of Red Velvet Cookies before!!

    by Michelle on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  8. They look wonderful! How festive!

    by Erin @ Making Memories on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  9. These look fab … i think i’ll split the batch and make some red and the others green!

    by Trisha on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  10. Okay, seriously, what a freak’n fab cookie. This is awesome!

    by naomi on Oct 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  11. My daughter loves red velvet anything – so she’ll get a kick out of these!

    by megan on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  12. What a perfect colour for the xmas. These are starting to make me feel festive already !

    by Lina on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  13. These are perfect for Christmas!

    by Jen @ How To: Simplify on Oct 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  14. I love anything red velvet too. These sound and look delicous. Great idea. I love that they freeze well too. Maybe, I will be smart like you and get a jump on my Christmas cookie baking:)

    by Raina on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

  15. I love the creativity in these! I’ve made red velvet in other forms than traditional cake but never cookies! They are so cute!

    by Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  16. Those are really fun and definitely festive!

    by Katrina on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

  17. Red velvet is my favorite! I will most definitely be making these! Lovely cookies. 🙂

    by Randi on Oct 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

  18. So cute and great idea!

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Oct 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  19. I’d love these dipped in chocolate, because..well, why not. Great idea. They are pretty though just as they are.

    by Bonnie on Oct 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  20. Such a pretty and festive cookie. Would be a perfect addition to anyone’s cookie platter.

    by Jamie on Oct 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

  21. These cookies are a great idea. I love red velvet!

    by Katrina on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm

  22. Those are so cute! I love the way you’ve decorated them.

    by Beth on Oct 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  23. I would have never thought of red velvet cookies. They look so festive, even without the icing!

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  24. Red Velvet Cookies!!! Genius!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on Oct 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

  25. I will remember these for sure!

    by Maria on Oct 11, 2010 at 1:16 am

  26. What a great idea, red velvet cookies! Love that!

    by bhaskar on Oct 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

  27. CUTE! Red velvet cookies is kind of a brilliant idea! Can’t wait to try them!

    by amanda @ fake ginger on Oct 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

  28. What fun cookies for Christmastime! I can empathize with the food coloring-stained hand problem. When I did a lot of cake decorating, I constantly had black, green, red, etc. hands.

    by Cookin' Canuck on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

  29. My kids will love making these!

    by Ingrid on Oct 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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