Monday, February 14, 2011

Red Velvet.....


Despite being (painfully) single this year, I wanted to do something creative and celebratory. Something sweet! So I baked cookies (from scratch) for the entire family this Valentine's Day weekend.

And I chose red velvet cookies. You read that right. NOT cake but red velvet cookies!

Ta-da!

I basically took a red velvet cake recipe and modified it to cookie form.

And they turned out great!

Their lightly crisp glaze gives a nice crunch while the cookie itself is soft and perfectly chewy on the inside. Sinfully sweet with light chocolate undertones and the distinct hint of buttermilk. And of course they're a wonderfully intense RED!

Where's the recipe you ask?

Well the perfectionist in me is still tweaking things here and there. A couple small changes and I'll have these cookies right where I want them.

Mmmmm.....

In the meantime, I'll have one or two....or three (!) on everyone's behalf.

Mmmhmmm.....

I'm hoping you all had a Happy Valentine's Day!

36 comments:

sMacThoughts said...

You are killing me! They look wonderful!! (and hey, nothing wrong with being home on Valentines; you're not alone!!)

Mona said...

Dean, what an ingenious idea, I'd love to try the recipe. White chocolate chips inside too? Mmmmmm!!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo Mona

Writer said...

OMG! These look SO good! :)

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Happy V-Day!

And OH CRAP on the picture, you are making me hungry! Going to raid the kitchen now, please god let me find something with lots of sugar....

Liz said...

Oh wow. Those look awesome! I made a TON of cupcakes for my friends, since I'm single and have plenty of time to bake! Haha
Happy Valentine's Day!

R. Burnett Baker said...

Yum! Hope you'll post the recipe for us... Those would be perfect with a tall cold glass of milk!

Happy Valentines, Dean!

Rick

Marty said...

Those look and sound simply delicious!

(And your blog needs an automatic cookie dispenser function.)

naturgesetz said...

They certainly do look tasty. Having been single for 68 St. Valentine's Days, I didn't do anything especially Valentiney, and it's okay. But I'm sure I'd have enjoyed one of those cookies. I'd have enjoyed two or three that much more!

But having just spent a couple of hours composing my latest blogpost, I'm getting powerful hungry, so I think I'll go have some dinner.

I hope your day was made happy by having made the cookies.

Mike said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Dean!!!

Take care!

bK said...

Wow, looks great! Can't wait for the recipe!

Aries said...

The plate works very well with the cookie.... very subtly composed and exquisite. :)

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit said...

proof that what you do right before bed
affects your dreams, i dreamed about your
red velvet cookies! heh.

K.C. said...

Haha. So no recipe until you've perfected it to your taste then?

Well, I'm sure it's worth the wait.

You're so creative even with baking, Dean. :)

Kenny

Bouncin' Barb said...

Now that's creative. Love the dish too!!

C. Alvarez said...

I know it's probably not much consolation, but I think I'd rather be "painfully single" as you put it, than dealing with my husband choosing to have screwed the ugliest chick on the planet over his pretty wife....

Anyway, hope your Valentine's Day was a good one....just pop some random names in a hat and pull one, then you'll have a valentine that you want...I'm putting Mr. Depp and Mr. Jackman in my hat LOL

Karen said...

Those look amazing..I would love the recipe once your tweeking is done :)

JuJu said...

I thought of you yesterday, and was hoping that you weren't feeling lonely.
The cookies look marvelous. I'm not much of a sweet eater (crazy, right?) but I sure do love the way they look, and am so jealous of the plate! I love plates!! I'm a plate-a-holic.
Happy February15th!

ChickenDancing said...

I want that recipe! Every year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my cousins and I get together and bake tons of cookies for the Holidays. Red Velvet Cookies! Gotta have 'em. Please, please, please post the recipe!

David Allen Waters said...

hey send some of those beautyies across the lake PLEASE:)

Mercedes said...

Dean! Those look so amazing that I wish we were family and 3000 miles closer! :) Maybe I'll post a pic of the Valentine's I passed out a bit later over on my blog :) merfy-lou.blogspot.com

Violet Moonbeam said...

those look fantastically delicious!! good job :)

MartininBroda said...

Well I'm baking & cooking too a bit, so that's interesting for me, but & I hate to sound creepy, looking at your last pics, if you have probs with your visual appearance 99% of the rest of the world, in other words us, have to shoot themselves, just saying.

swb said...

red velvet cookies? are you sure you're not a Southern boy?

randuwa said...

SO creative! Yummy.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Love the contrast with the plate.

Dean Grey said...

sMacThoughts!

I'm such a tease!

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Mona!

Yep, white chocolate chips were added to the cookies!

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Writer!

They're delicious!!

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Brahm!

LOL

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Liz!

I guess all us single people are just baking on Valentine's Day, huh?

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R. Burnett Baker!

Rick, I have to have milk with these!

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Marty!

A cookie dispenser function sounds unrealistic yet so cool!

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naturgesetz!

68 Valentine's Days? Really? Man, that's rough!

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Mike!

Happy Valentine's Day back at ya!

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bK!

Brody, I'll get the recipe posted....someday!

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Aries!

I love that little plate!

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i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit!

Oh! That must've been some dream!

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K.C.!

Kenny, I just didn't want to post the recipe now only to have changed it several times down the road, you know?

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Bouncin' Barb!

Thank you!

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C. Alvarez!

I'm sorry to hear your husband did that.

Can a name I picked out of a hat really be my valentine if that person doesn't know about it? LOL

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Karen!

Tweak, tweak, tweak!

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JuJu!

Thanks for thinking of me.

My mom actually picked out that plate. It's charmingly small....perfect for a cookie or two!

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ChickenDancing!

I'll try to post the final recipe ASAP!

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David Allen Waters!

They're already gone! Sorry!

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Mercedes!

LOL at "wish we were family".

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Violet Moonbeam!

Yay!

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Martin!

That's very kind of you!

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swb!

I do live on the south side of Chicago. Does that count as "southern", Sean?

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Randy!

(^_^)

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Ken (Bucko)!

Having the cookie sit on a plain, old napkin just wouldn't do!

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Everyone's enthusiastic comments are greatly appreciated!

-Dean

C. Alvarez said...

hahaha! yes, it can. One of the blog's I followed said in the weeeee olden days, the tradition was that the whole town did that, and the name you picked was your valentine....he further said he's pretty sure swingers still use that method (though I heard it was keys).

Anyway, if it's someone famous, just send them a twitter saying you pulled their name out of a hat and you'd like a bright shiny new car for Valentine's LOL

Savanna said...

I am your 800th follower!
congrats. YOU ARE SPECIAL :)

Petit Penseur Perdu said...

Hey :) i love your blog, and id love if you followed mine

n.lea. said...

Those pictures made me so hungry.


And for you, I created a Wordless Wednesday post.

ilduce said...

Dang! they look good! Now I want some. please post that recipe soon!

Dean Grey said...

C. Alvarez!

I don't know, girl. Declaring a celebrity as my valentine (without them approving) sounds kind of stalker-ish.

LOL

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Savanna!

I appreciate that!

You RULE!

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Petit Penseur Perdu!

I love that you love my blog!

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n.lea.!

I just checked out your Wordless Wednesday post, Nikki!

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ilduce!

They taste even better!

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Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

-Dean

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Valentine's Day is such a painful day for so many people - GRRRr! But you took lemons and made lemonade! I want that recipe, and thank you for eating my share!

Dean Grey said...

Kelley!

A painful holiday for sure but I made it through!

-Dean

She Who Shall Not Be Named said...

Oh my word, those look so delicious! I really want that recipe! I guess I'll just have to figure it out...

Dean Grey said...

She Who Shall Not Be Named!

Well, it was a standard Red Velvet Cake recipe that I simply modified into cookie form....so you just might be able to figure it out!

-Dean