Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Soft and chewy red velvet cookies sprinkled with white chocolate morsels
Hello all! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Mine was busy and filling and just all-around wonderful. Peter and I spent the holiday with his family, like we usually do. His mother is a fabulous cook, and I look forward to her mashed sweet potatoes (that I only recently learned I liked!), homemade rolls, and to-die-for stuffing all year long. I ate far more than my poor belly could handle and was darn near miserable because of how stuffed I was after dinner, but isn’t that the whole point of Thanksgiving dinner in the first place?
Peter and I actually did a little Black Friday shopping this year, which I usually don’t get into. I hate the crowds and I REALLY hate getting up early, and it seems like the things that are on sale is stuff that I would never buy as a gift for other people (which means I just end up spending money on myself, which is kinda the opposite of the point). But Peter wanted a ladder that was on sale at Menards so that he could hang Christmas lights on the house (which I am SO excited about because I love it when houses are all lit up at Christmas-time), so he got up super early and headed out. I slept in (of course) and then dragged him to Target, which was actually super chill since we went later in the morning and avoided all of the crowds.
The most exciting part of Black Friday was that I finally convinced Peter that we should buy ourselves some bedroom furniture. We’ve both been using dressers that we’ve had since childhood, and we haven’t had a headboard since we moved into the new house and upgraded to a king-sized bed. So I argued that since we’re about to be parents, maybe it’s time that we have a grown-up room, with a headboard and actual matching furniture and stuff. Peter wasn’t too keen on spending the money, but we found a set that we both liked at Colder’s for a pretty good deal. Plus the way I see it, we’re never gonna have any money again once this baby is born, so this was my last shot at convincing him!
We spent the rest of the weekend back in my hometown of Monroe. We watched my dad play in my high school’s alumni basketball tournament, which was more entertaining than I can possibly describe. Watching a group of middle-aged men talk a bunch of smack while huffing and puffing up and down a basketball court was completely hilarious. Sadly, my dad’s team lost, but there’s always next year (my dad claims this is their last year of playing, but he says that every year).
We had a second Thanksgiving dinner with my family on Saturday, then spent the night catching up with my friends from high school. It’s funny how our conversations are now about houses and marriage and babies when they used to be about how drunk we got the weekend before or the random guy we kind of, maybe, might have made out with. Oh how the times have changed.
Peter and I headed back to Milwaukee on Sunday and I dragged him to a cut-your-own tree lot to get our Christmas tree that afternoon. I never grew up with a real Christmas tree, and would be perfectly happy with a fake one, but Peter insists on getting a real tree every year. So my compromise is that we can get a real tree, but he has to chop it down himeself like a real man. It’s a fun little family tradition that we started a few years ago, and it’s one of my favorites around the holidays.
Now, I must apologize for the lack of Thanksgiving food recipes that I posted. I made some awesome pumpkin and apple pies for Peter’s family Thanksgiving and a slow cooker carrot recipe for my own, but sadly, I completely forgot to take pictures of anything, so I can’t really share them with you. I promise to be better about that next year.
So instead of Thanksgiving recipes, we’re gonna skip right on over to Christmas recipes!
Peter and I are hosting our annual Festivus party this coming weekend, so I’ve been cooking and baking up a storm this week to ensure that there will be plenty of food available for our guests. For those of you that live under a rock and don’t know what Festivus is, it’s a made up winter holiday that was popularized on the sitcom Seinfeld, and it’s usually celebrated on December 23rd. The holiday includes an Airing of Greviences (during which you get to tell everyone in your life how they’ve disappointed you in the past year), the Feats of Strength (which is exactly what it sounds like) and instead of a Christmas tree, there’s an aluminum pole. It’s as stupid and as awesome of a holiday as it sounds, and it makes for a fun theme for a holiday party (seriously, if you’ve never seen the Seinfeld episode, find it right now and watch it. It’s my favorite TV episode of all time).
First on the docket for Festivus recipes are these amazing red velvet white chocolate chip cookies. I love red velvet desserts because they’re basically just chocolate, but they seem fancier, you know? Usually my favorite part of red velvet is the cream cheese frosting, but in this recipe, there’s no cream cheese, just a boatload of white chocolate chips, which is just as good in my book!
These cookies are super soft and chewy, with the perfect balance of chocolate and white chocolate. Plus, they’re so pretty! Perfect for any Christmas (or Festivus!) gathering.
Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-low speed. Mix in egg, then vanilla, then red food coloring.
- Mix flour into dough, 1/4 cup at a time, then mix in cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).
- Preheat oven to 300. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls (or use an ice cream scooper) onto mats. Slightly flatten dough by pressing down gently with the palm of your hand. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Inspired by: Hungry Hannah