Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate cookies get their inspiration from the classic cake. Dipped in white chocolate, they look fantastic on a dessert tray.

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  • Makes: about 24 cookies
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins 325°F

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Cover and process with on/off turns until combined. Add butter and red food coloring. Process with on/off turns until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Process until mixture just forms a ball.*
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough lightly until nearly smooth. Roll or pat dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using a floured 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press scraps together and reroll.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
  4. In a heavy small saucepan, melt white chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate. If desired, sprinkle with pistachios or nonpareils. Let stand on waxed paper until set. Makes about 24 cookies.

From the Test Kitchen

*Hand-mixing method:

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and food coloring until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling together (it will take a while for the dough to come together). Form mixture into a ball, kneading until smooth.

Place cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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71 Ratings
944 Days Ago
to crumbly, can't roll. what did i do wrong??
944 Days Ago
too crumbly can't roll. what did i do wrong??
950 Days Ago
I just made these and they are beautiful, and look as if I slaved over a hot oven all day, when in actuality, they are fantastically simple to make! Most cookies take two bowl, and these are all done in the food processor. I'm so glad I gave them a try, and I won a prize in our annual sweets competition!
Preya Singh 1325 Days Ago
These cookies are delicious and very easy to make. I used a star shaped cookie cutter and drizzled the white chocolate on mine (instead of dipping) and found that they were prettier and easier to manage. The dipping makes them too, I don't know, kind of clunky. I sprinkled green glitter on them to make them Christmas festive. They were adorable and delicious. Unfortunately, this recipe only made 12 cookies, not 24. It isn't a critique, just recognition that next time, I will definitely experiment with doubling the recipe.

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