Most people think of Valentines Day and they think of romance , fancy dinners, and flowers. All that is fine but I’m a fat girl so I think of chocolate and all the fabulous desserts that go along with this holiday like these Red Velvet Heart Cookies. Seriously , I expect my favorite chocolates that come in heart shapes and they are hidden in my secret stash drawer for only me , LOL . Since red velvet is basically chocolate with red dye I decided to alter one of my favorite chocolate cut out cookies for this recipe. This is the perfect cookie for the kids to help with and send for classroom treats, or even for your valentine . Another great cookie us Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies.
I decided to develop this Red Velvet Heart cookies a little earlier than expected. My daughter is planing a mission trip to Cambodia later this year with her church group and they are doing a fundraiser. As part of their fundraiser they are having bake sale. Since her idea of cooking is popping something in the microwave she asked me for baked goods. Of course I would never turn her down on a request like this , plus I think she needs to make a sign “Have a heart and buy a heart”. These cookies are chewy and the cream cheese frosting make them perfect. Just be careful not to roll them too thin or they will get too crispy.
These are easy enough to make young children can help in the kitchen with these. Start of by sifting all the dry ingredients together.
Then cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs, vanilla , sour cream and blend well . Then add the red food coloring
Add the flour mixture a little at a time until all the flour is incorporated
Chill dough for about an hour
Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut out hearts. I like my cookies soft and chewy so I tend to roll them a little thick
Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven. These do spread a bit so don’t over crown the cookie sheet
Once the cookies are completely cooled mix the cream cheese frosting
I place the frosting in a piping bag with a large round tip to make things a bit neater
Line the outer edges of the cookie and slightly fill the center. Spread around with a spatula and apply sprinkles before the frosting hardens