I know what you're thinking and I'm going to level with you: these cookies look like shit. LOOK. Not TASTE. In fact, they're friggin amazing. But unfortunately they bear an uncanny resemblance to little piles of manure.
Now that I put THAT thought in your head, let's talk shop for a minute. I wanted to bake cookies for the office, and since it was St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd get festive. And by that I don't mean dressing up like a Leprechaun (I may be rocking a green sweater though), so I decided I would make Green Velvet Cookies. We all know Red Velvet, but what about Green? Why does Green get such a bad rap?? Oh right. Because it looks like poo.
Once you get past their outward appearance, these cookies are fantastic; chewy and chocolatey, but not overly sweet. Love love love. Close your eyes and they taste just like red velvet cookies. I took it to another level after I was done and made a cream cheese frosting to slather in between and make little green velvet sandwich cookies. What is wrong with me? If I'm not pregnant (calm down Mom) then I really have no excuse. I'm leaving them as is for the office (easier to transport), but if you want to make little Green Velvet Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies…make the cream cheese frosting and go for it. See below for example.
Ingredients and Recipe: Makes about 24 cookies
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
3 cups flour
2 tsps baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsps green food coloring (obviously you can use red if you want to make these red velvet)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Green sugar crystals (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 tsps vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Beat everything but the powdered sugar together. Slowly add in the sugar while beating until it's creamy. Slather on cookies. Eat.
Preheat oven to 375.
Cream butters and sugars together until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add in the green food coloring (at this point it will look bright and lively…give it a moment..) then stir in the cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt until combined. Forgot to mention that this will take a serious amount of effort if you don't have a stand mixer. I actually hurt my shoulder doing this (pathetic) because the mixture gets so thick and I have a crappy hand mixer. I also got bits of green dough in my hair. My birthday is coming up so if anyone wants to buy me the $300 Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer that would be sweet. But I digress.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Using a tbsp or small ice cream scoop, scoop out 1-2 tbsps of the dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool completely. Sprinkle with green sugar crystals if you want.
Results: I guess I had the "luck of the Irish" today because this is one of the few times I didn't overbake the cookies. Ask my friend Hal about the time I made Blondies…the Rangers could have used them for goalie practice. But these came out perfect. I was really pleased with myself until I realized there was something missing. I needed something else besides the green color to make them inherently "Irish"…
So I chased them with a shot.
Happy St Pattys! Nom nom nom.