Christmas Cookie Exchange: Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

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Welcome to the Baker’s Dozen Ultimate Christmas Cookie Exchange!  Today I’ve united with twelve incredible food bloggers to bring you a holiday cookie celebration.

I’ve spouted off before about how I think that Christmas cookies should LOOK like Christmas cookies. Red Velvet is one of my favorite flavors, and I always seem to turn to Red Velvet when I’m looking for something super festive-looking for the holidays. I had never made a red velvet cookie before though, so I did a little investigating and decided to bake Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies.

I used red gel paste for my coloring (I may have overdone it a little, but I wanted them to be red!) Gel paste is more concentrated than liquid food coloring and it doesn’t impart flavor to your baked product the way that liquid coloring sometimes does. RedVelvetcollage
They’re not really a fussy cookie, but I think you’ll have the best results if you prepare the dough in a food processor. Let the blades do the work with mixing, and your dough will come together nicely and be ready for rolling.
These are a shortbread cookie… thin and crisp. They’re half dipped into white chocolate and then edged with a festive sprinkle. You could also edge them with chopped pistachios if you wished to have the red/green look.
I was shooting to create a cookie that would be pretty and perfect for Christmas. How’d I do?
The chocolate sets up after cooling, and then they’re fine to store. Mine have been in the freezer now for a couple of weeks and they’re still perfectly fine. Just place waxed paper between layers and store in a covered container until you’re ready to break them out for the holidays.  In my opinion, these are a wonderfully festive cookie with an okay flavor.  The red velvet flavor doesn’t come through as much as in a cake, and the white chocolate dip is a must both for flavor and for holiday pizzazz :)  I’ll be happy to add them to my gift boxes as they’re a bit of a WOW cookie in terms of decor, don’tcha think?

This recipe can be found HERE.

I’m also contributing this cookie recipe to the Virtual Cookie Jar for the 12 Days of Sharing,  hosted by In Jennie’s Kitchen!   Share Our Strength is an organization that is fighting to end childhood hunger.  By sharing a favorite cookie recipe, you can all help raise awareness about childhood hunger and help to end childhood hunger by 2015.  A small donation can go far.  $25 can feed a child three healthy meals a day for a month (via Share Our Strength site).


How you can help:
Make a donation to Share Our Strength by clicking on the banner above! Not only will you be helping to end childhood hunger in America, you’ll also be entered in a giveaway for some really great prizes (including a Cuisinart stand mixer)!

2.  Join in the fun by posting your favorite cookie recipe and adding it to the virtual cookie jar.  Be sure to encourage your readers to join in and consider making a donation! (Click here for posting details…)

3.  Keep visiting In Jennie’s Kitchen for featured recipes and participating blogs as well as all of the tasty additions to the virtual cookie jar!

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52 Responses to “Christmas Cookie Exchange: Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies”

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    Lauren — December 10, 2009 @ 3:27 AM

    I’d say you did a magnificent job of capturing the spirit of the holidays through these cookies – they are gorgeous!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 10, 2009 @ 3:37 AM

    These look delicious! Adding them to my list…

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    Bellini Valli — December 10, 2009 @ 4:29 AM

    These really do look festive!!!

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    Liz Brooks — December 10, 2009 @ 5:49 AM


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    ABowlOfMush — December 10, 2009 @ 6:02 AM

    Yum, I love anything red velvet this time of year!

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    Elle — December 10, 2009 @ 6:04 AM

    Stunning! Never thought to do a red velvet cookie–what a great idea!

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    Nick — December 10, 2009 @ 6:11 AM

    Genius, love the color. The only part I dislike is that I didn’t get to try one.

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    SnoWhite — December 10, 2009 @ 6:26 AM

    those look wonderful!S

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    Amanda — December 10, 2009 @ 6:28 AM

    Standing ovation! These are really gorgeous Lori, bravo!

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    Heather — December 10, 2009 @ 6:43 AM

    These are absolutely beautiful. Not too beautiful that I don’t want to eat them. Because I want to eat them. Here is my address for shipping…

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    Jaime — December 10, 2009 @ 6:47 AM

    Oooh, so pretty, Lori!

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    Meghan — December 10, 2009 @ 7:17 AM

    I definitely agree with you – these cookies really looking like Christmas! Love the color you achieved :)

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    Maria — December 10, 2009 @ 7:21 AM

    Those are the cutest cookies ever! Great recipe Lori and your pictures are fantastic!

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    Sara — December 10, 2009 @ 7:35 AM

    They are gorgeous! The perfect cookie for Christmas!

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    Laura W — December 10, 2009 @ 8:01 AM

    SO creative! I bet they taste as good as they look! They’d be perfect with a glass of egg nog!

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    Sue — December 10, 2009 @ 8:11 AM

    What a great idea! I love these!

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    ingrid — December 10, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

    They’re very pretty and festive looking. Thanks for the virtual cookie jar info.

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    Jen — December 10, 2009 @ 8:28 AM

    Wow – those look like perfection!!! I do have a cookie exchange to attend this weekend so I’m bookmarking these!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — December 10, 2009 @ 8:36 AM

    Oh! Very festive! I love them!!!

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    Sarah, MaisonCupcake — December 10, 2009 @ 9:09 AM

    Incredible, I really love the idea of crossing cookies with red velvet cake. Fantastic for Christmas!

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    Jessie — December 10, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

    red velvet cookies are new to me, these look great and very festive for Christmas

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    Natanya — December 10, 2009 @ 10:51 AM

    These are just beautiful and so very festive. They would be just beautiful in a cookie box or on a cookie tray. I really like that the freeze well – that’s really the only way to go for holiday cookies. I totally agree on the gel paste for food coloring – it’s the only way to not muck with the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    VeggieGirl — December 10, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

    Red velvet cake in a portable cookie form? Yes, please! :)

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    Barbara — December 10, 2009 @ 11:43 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try red velvet something! Love these cookies! Such fun and so very festive.

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    Mimi — December 10, 2009 @ 1:00 PM

    I can’t get over the beautiful color. I love Share Our Strength, great cause to support.

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    Lisa — December 10, 2009 @ 1:08 PM

    Wow, beautiful cookie. I will check out the other sites.

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    Jill — December 10, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    Your cookies are gorgeous!

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    Jen Schall — December 10, 2009 @ 7:28 PM

    Yum! Love these cookies… they look beautiful! Just like Christmas on a plate.

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    Tartelette — December 10, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

    I think the red is just right! They are beautiful Lori. Makes me want to make them for tree ornaments!

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    courtney — December 10, 2009 @ 8:49 PM

    Now that’s a beautiful cookie!

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    Jennifer — December 11, 2009 @ 3:15 AM

    You did it Lori—these scream Christmas! They look so beautiful and thanks for participating in the 12 Days of Cookies. I”m adding these to my holiday baking next week.

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    JULES AND RUBY — December 11, 2009 @ 5:23 AM

    this will be a great add to my tray of treats. they definitely DO have that WOW factor…BUT i need help with dipping white chocolate. yours looks so perfect!. do you have any tips? good chocolate?…more veg. oil? if you can…please help. mine is always too thick to get that perfect dipped look.

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    Katrina — December 11, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

    These look awesome! Wish I had time to make them for a party I’m having tomorrow! May have to try them for some cookie giveaway plates!

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    Anali — December 11, 2009 @ 10:42 AM

    Wow! What a great idea and a beautiful cookie. These must taste like heaven!

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    Louise — December 11, 2009 @ 10:50 AM

    I’d say those cookies are absolutely cover worthy:)

    Thanks for sharing, Lori

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    HoneyB — December 11, 2009 @ 3:32 PM

    I love these! I think you accomplished your goal!

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    Jeff — December 11, 2009 @ 10:15 PM

    I love red velvet cake and we are having red velvet cupcakes for our wedding so definitelt going to have to make abtach of these. thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Sandy @ The Mommys Place — December 11, 2009 @ 10:44 PM

    Oh going to have to make some of these, they are just too pretty to pass up.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 12, 2009 @ 10:27 AM

    Yum yum these look great! So festive! Btw, I love that ‘cut, bake, dip, sprinkle’ picture!

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    Julie — December 13, 2009 @ 3:10 PM

    This looks absolutely AMAZING and so so so perfect! Congratulations!

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    Christine — December 13, 2009 @ 11:35 PM

    I made this, they tasted ok — REALLY crisp — how do you know if you over bake them? also, my white chocolate turned off white! Was that because the cookie color changed it or from the heat? I added a bit of paraffin wax to the chocolate for consistency – but the chocolate had already turned off white by then….

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    Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — December 20, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

    I made these and they were a huge hit. They were very crisp (I prefer thick and chewy) but they were an absolute HIT at work and all my co-workers LOVED them! The addition of them being dipped in white chocolate actually was a nice contrast to the crisp cookie. And VERY festive I might add! I will be making them again next year!

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    Noor — March 24, 2010 @ 1:24 PM

    i`m really into baking anything related to red velvet .. i`m famous 4 my red velvet cupcakes and red velvet bites ! i`m just wondering if the cookies r sweet enough ?? cuz the sugar is kinda little !

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    Lori Lange — March 28, 2010 @ 10:03 AM

    Noor- shortbread cookies in general aren’t very sweet. These are a little different. Not so much red-velvet tasting… more of the color than anything.

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    Carrie — August 5, 2011 @ 1:46 PM

    These cookies are GORGEOUS!!! :D

    However, I must say…they were the worst tasting cookies I have ever had in my life! :O

    I made them twice: once, following this recipe exactly, and the second time modified: with more butter, brown sugar and vanilla for SOME flavor. I couldn’t believe this recipe didn’t have vanilla! You can’t bake something like this without vanilla! Holy moly.

    But even with the vanilla, they just tasted so awful, literally the only flavor was from the white chocolate. Everyone thought they were pretty though.

    Maybe there is someone who knows how to modify these to make them taste better?

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    Lori Lange — August 6, 2011 @ 7:09 AM

    eek! Yeah, they’re really not full of red velvet flavor and the dip in chocolate is definitely essential. I love the look of them and wish it produced that red velvet flavor that I love so much. Tips are welcome!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — November 8, 2011 @ 11:49 AM

    these look so festive, I love shortbread!

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    Katherine — December 14, 2011 @ 1:27 PM

    These cookies were terrible!
    No matter how long I tried to get the ingredients to stick, they just wouldn’t! It was impossible to roll them out.

    After adding some more butter and a few other things, we were able to roll them into little balls to at least try and cook them.
    No taste to these cookies whatsoever! I wouldn’t recommend this recipe at all.

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    Emily — December 15, 2011 @ 5:44 AM

    Total flop! Loved the idea, but followed the directions and tips and they came out like lace cookies and broke at the slightest touch. Taste was good though. After 2 trays of unsuccessful cookies, I used the dough and make balls dipped in melted Andes mints as candy filler for my cookie plates.

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    Murray Johnson — August 12, 2012 @ 3:31 PM

    I am totally gonna try this and if I like them do heart shaped ones with pink sprinkles for Valentine’s Day!

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    lucy — December 20, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

    i just went to a cookie exchange and wish i had found this earlier, but they are so

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    Allysa — November 8, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

    made these cookies last week and didn’t even finish them cause the batter sucked, I added more butter but still. I don’t recommend to make these :l