Just in time for Valentine’s Day, these Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies are rich, and loaded with dark chocolate chips!
Are y’all ready for Valentine’s Day? I’ll be honest, Zack and I don’t really “celebrate” it. We stopped buying cards for each other years ago, and I can’t remember the last time we swapped gifts. We usually cook a nicer than usual dinner, and we always have a sweet dessert, but that’s as far as our holiday celebrations go. Nothing really worth calling a celebration.
We’ve always gotten our girls cards, candy, and small gifts. However, I am one of those that feel like Valentine’s Day was created by the greeting card companies to generate more income. No big deal, it’s just the way I feel. Why do I need a special holiday for my spouse and I to show appreciation to one another? I don’t. I think that every day of the year, we should celebrate our love for each other, and honestly our anniversary is much more special to me than a date picked out without much thought.
Even though we don’t necessarily celebrate Valentine’s Day with over priced cards with poems all about love, or balloons that will deflate, or flowers that will die, doesn’t mean we shun all things related. Remember we do eat a nicer than normal dinner, and enjoy a sweet dessert!
I also like to bake throughout the month, so my desserts around February 14th are usually themed for the holiday. I mean, who doesn’t love red velvet?! These Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies, although they are red, for Valentine’s Day, for the sake of this post, you could totally enjoy these around Christmas! As a matter of fact, we have.
These cookies are soft and chewy, with rich dark chocolate chips. I really tend to lean towards semi-sweet when baking, snacking, and sweet treats. I like the rich bitter flavor that is created in the darker chocolates. I’ve even got the kids to prefer snacking on the dark chocolate chips, as opposed to the milk chocolate ones. And have you ever had homemade hot chocolate with dark chocolate? That is divine! You basically just take any homemade hot chocolate recipe, and switch the chocolate chips to the 100% cacao. So rich and oh so delicious!
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Just in time for Valentine's Day, these Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies are rich, and loaded with dark chocolate chips!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, attached to the stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar for two minutes. Add the egg, milk, vanilla, and food coloring. Beat until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir together, until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough out, roll into balls, and sit on parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely.