Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

These red velvet cookie sandwiches are soft and chewy and filled with everyone’s favourite cream cheese frosting! These heart shaped cookies are perfect to share - anytime!

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

I am so excited to share this recipe with you. When I started planning what I wanted to make for Valentine’s Day this year cookie sandwiches immediately came to mind. I knew I wanted my cookies to be heart shaped, so I needed a dough that would hold its shape and since everyone loves cream cheese frosting I knew it would be the perfect filling.

Red Velvet Cake has that hint of cocoa flavour and is incredibly moist. I wanted to make sure that my cookies shared the same characteristics while still holding their shape. The cookies have a true red velvet flavour. They have just enough cocoa powder and the addition of sour cream really helps to bring home that red velvet flavour and texture.

There are a few key things that you can do to keep the cookies from spreading while baking. It all comes down to properly chilling your cookies. Chilling them before you roll them out and before they go into the oven really helps them keep their shape.

The cookies are delicious straight from the oven but they taste even better the next day in my opinion. The cream cheese frosting keeps the cookies nice and soft, and that extra day gives all the flavours a chance to meld together.

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

Makes: 2-3 dozen individual cookies or 1-1.5 dozen sandwich cookies

Ingredients

For the Cookies

1 c butter

1 c sugar

1 tsp vinegar

1 egg

Red Gel Food Colouring

2 c flour

¼ c cocoa powder

½ tsp baking soda

2 tbsp sour cream

For the Frosting

8oz cream cheese, at room temperature

½ c butter, at room temperature

3 c icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-3 tbsp heavy cream (optional)


Directions

For the Cookies: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vinegar and food colouring  to butter mixture. Mix until combined. Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. On slow speed, add in flour mixture. Finally, mix in sour cream. Mix until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for minimum 1 hour

Preheat oven to 350F. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough to desired thickness. Cut out cookies using desired cookie cutters and transfer to parchment lined baking tray. Chill cut cookies in fridge for 15 minutes before baking. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until cookie edges are light golden brown.  Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, over medium to high speed, beat together butter and cream cheese until light and creamy. On low speed, mix in icing sugar, one cup at a time, until incorporated. Mix in vanilla. Whip on medium to high speed for 1-2minutes or until light and fluffy. Add heavy cream until desired frosting consistency is reached.

To assemble: Pair up similar sized cookies. Pipe frosting onto cookies and sandwich together. Store cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!

 
Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

This biscotti is flavoured with orange zest and dotted with dried cranberries and roasted pistachios making for a beautiful festive holiday cookie that is sure to please anyone on your list! The chewy dried cranberries paired with the crunchy pistachios makes for a delicious texture combination.

Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

I typically make biscotti every Christmas. I tend to play around with different flavour combinations - since the possibilities are seemingly endless. This year I decided to go with an orange, cranberry and pistachio flavour. I love the way that it turned out! The pistachios and cranberries make for a very festive looking biscotti and all of the flavours play really well together. Adding a drizzle of white chocolate finishes off this beautiful looking biscotti making it extra festive and perfect for the holidays! 

Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti is a cookie that you bake twice. First as a log, then you cut it into individual cookies and bake it again. The second baking helps to toast the cookies, drying them out. This means that the cookies last for longer than your typical cookie. This is one of the things I love about making biscotti for the holidays. You can make it early on, giving you plenty of time to prepare other dishes or baking closer to Christmas. Biscotti also makes a simple and affordable gift for friends and family to enjoy with their coffee or tea.  Wrapped in a beautiful mug with some cellophane it makes for an adorable hostess gift!

Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

 

Ingredients

1/2 c butter, at room temperature 

1 c sugar 

2 eggs 

1 tsp vanilla 

2 1/4 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt 

2 tbsp orange zest

1/2 c dried cranberries 

1/2 c  roasted pistachios, chopped 

1/4 c white chocolate chips, melted

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. 

Sift together flour, baking powered and salt.  

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, over medium to high speed beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla. 

On low speed, mix dry ingredients into wet, until just combined. The dough will be fairly dry but should start to come together in large clumps. Stir in orange zest, cranberries and pistachios until just combined. 

Turn dough out onto counter top. Kneed dough until it comes together. Shape into a large log  (about 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick) and press to flatten slightly. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. 

Allow biscotti to cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting into slices (cut on a diagonal for a more elegant look). Lay slices on baking sheet. 

Bake in a 325F oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned and almost dry. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  Drizzle with melted white chocolate.

 
Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Earl Grey Cookies

With a hint of vanilla and a whole lot of earl grey flavour these earl grey cookies make for the perfect afternoon treat!

Earl Grey Cookies

Those that know me, know I am a tea drinker. I may or may not have a slight obsession. I probably have at least 30 different teas in my ever growing collection. The tea I gravitate to most is Earl Grey. As part of my morning ritual, I drink a big warm mug of earl grey tea. One of my favourite earl grey teas is the Cream of Earl Grey. It has a lovely creamy vanilla flavour to it. I tried to capture that flavour in these cookies. 

These cookies have a slightly different texture then my traditional sugar cookies. They are a bit of a hybird between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie. A traditional shortbread cookie is typically butter, sugar and flour. In this cookie I have included an egg making it more like a sugar cookie. However, I kept the ratio of butter, sugar and flour the same as shortbread cookie. These cookies have a denser crumbly texture and a richer buttery flavour then my usual sugar cookie.

Earl Grey Cookies

Earl Grey Cookies

Makes: 24-30 cookies

Ingredients

1 c butter, at room temperature

1 c icing sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 c flour

2 tbsp earl grey tea leaves (approx. 4 tea bags)

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium-high speed cream together butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. On medium speed beat in egg & vanilla until just combined. On low speed add flour & earl grey leaves to mixture. Mix until just combined. Dough should come together into a large ball. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Roll into logs (approx. 2 inches in diameter), wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in fridge for minimum 1 hour.

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove logs from plastic wrap. With a sharp knife cut cookies off log 1/3-1/2 inch thick.

Transfer cookie to prepared baking tray, spacing them out baking 12 per tray. The cookies won't spread much when baking. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Baking time will vary based on the thickness of the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Earl Grey Cookies