I won't keep you long today! I just wanted to quickly share with you these easy peasy last minute red velvet cookies made with none other than a box of Betty Crocker's Red Velvet Cake Mix - no wonder they get the name last minute and easy peasy red velvet cookies! All you need is a box of red velvet cake mix, a little extra flour, a teaspoon of baking powder and vanilla extract and a couple of eggs and you too can easily roll out an impressive homemade treat for your loved ones this Valentine's Day.
My recipe was adapted from this one here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/23/strawberry-chocolate-chip-cookies/
Recipe yields 12 to 13 large cookies.
1 box of Betty Crocker's Red Velvet cake mix
85g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
56g vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs at room temperature
185g chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 170C and line 2 trays with parchment.
In the bowl of a free standing mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand held electric mixer), mix together the cake mix, plain flour and baking powder.
In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and oil and add this to the cake mix.
Beat the mixture together until all of the mixture is properly incorporated.
Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
Taking a tablespoon of dough, form balls out of the mixture and place onto your prepared trays.
Bake for 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on their trays for 5 minutes before moving them on to wire racks to completely cool.
I used 1 generous tablespoon when making my cookies. You could of course make yours slightly smaller and get at least 15-18 more dainty looking cookies!
If you don't have any vegetable oil, simply use the equivalent amount of melted butter.
You could avoid the use of the electric mixer by just mixing everything by hand. I found though that the dough did form quite a lot of air pockets which made it difficult to shape the balls and it was easier for me to quickly use my free standing mixer as opposed to vigorously stirring the dough! (I'm hopeless at vigorous stirring and hate kneading dough - a couple of new things that you didn't know about me!)
For those of you with a little more time on your hands, don't forget you can make my other red velvet cookies which you can find here: http://aslongastherescake.com/red-velvet-cookie.html