Sunday, February 2, 2014

Red Red & White Cookies and January's Apron Winner

Would it surprise you that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the United States; claiming more lives than all forms of cancer (including breast) combined?  On February 7th, the "Go Red for Women" campaign is in it's 10th year to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease and celebrate National Wear Red Day.

My Grandma Gladys died of congestive heart disease in 1973, at the age of 72, and it's made me aware that taking care of myself--watching my diet, exercising, knowing my cholesterol levels and blood pressure, is very important.  Besides heredity, other risk factors are important as well.  You can go to their website and read all about them--

This is my twist on the traditional Black & Whites, with a Southern taste.  I'm such a devoted customer to King Arthur Flour and have found some incredible products that make these cookies perfect.
Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion and Cream Cheese Icing Flavor.  I love Black & Whites and these Red Red & Whites didn't disappoint my palette. The gorgeous deep red color in a soft, cake-like cookie, with a shiny, almost like fondant, icing, cream cheese flavored have probably surpassed my desire to have the traditional ones.

Red Red & White Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 tsp. Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion (or Red Food Coloring)
1/2 cup milk (do NOT use non-fat)
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
3 T Dutch-processed cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or use a "Whoopie Pie" pan sprayed with a baking spray.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add the flavorings (or red food coloring) and mix again.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together and add to the batter with the milk.  Mix on medium just until combined; again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Use a 2-Tablespoon-size scoop to measure out the batter into the wells of the pan or onto the parchment-line baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes--test by lightly pressing your fingertips onto the cookie tops.
Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.  This recipe makes almost 3 dozen cookies using the Whoopie Pan.

1/3 cup water
1 T + 1 tsp. Light Karo syrup
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Scant 1/2 tsp. Cream Cheese Icing Flavor

Measure the confectioners' sugar into a large bowl.  In a small sauce pan, bring the water and Karo syrup to a boil.  Remove and pour over the confectioners' sugar, stirring to combine.  If needed, add more hot water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until you have a glaze consistency. Add the flavoring and stir.

Divide the icing in half and color one bowl with Red Paste Color to get a deep red color without watering down the glaze.
Use an offset spatula to coat half of the cookie with the white icing.
White you are glazing the cookies with the white icing, cover the red icing with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out.
Once you have finished with the white icing, now coat the other half of the cookie with the red.
The icing came out exactly, which for me is not always the case, but nice when it happens!
Not only is this cookie perfect for the Go Red Day, it would be great for Valentine's Day too...don't you agree? Enjoy!

Now, for the winner of January's apron...which is also in Red, Estelle!
Please email me with your address and I will get this apron out to you ASAP.  February's apron is sewn and will be up tomorrow (I'm really trying to stay ahead of things now, XOXO)


  1. The January apron is nice, but I like my autumn leaves one much better! Congratulations to Estelle!

  2. Congrats to your winner! She will love her pretty apron! My husband's favorite cake is red velvet but I never get it red enough. I need to try again! These are so pretty! Sweet hugs!

  3. Congratulations to Estelle for winning Jan. apron.
    wow! everywhere I look there are red velvet cakes even Pop Tarts has gotten into the red velvet flavor. too funny!
    stamping sue

  4. Congrats to Estelle! She's going to love it!

    A whoopie pie pan? Who knew? Not I!

  5. I am SO making these cookies Susan! OMG!!! I just saw that Estelle won the apron????Seriously?????I am THRILLED! Unbelievable...I feel like I just won the lottery. I will foward my address.....this is incredible....can you tell I am excited????? THANK YOU!!! HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD....WHOOP!

  6. These are so pretty Susan! Congrats to Estelle! Your aprons are the best!! My Mom has congestive heart disease so I'm trying to really improve my health and be aware of the concerns of heart disease! Thanks for the great 'red' reminder!
    hugs, Linda

  7. Estelle is going to love your beautiful apron. I love my butterfly apron you made--it's hanging at the ready in my kitchen. The red and white cookies are making my mouth water. Great reminder to women and heart disease--my mother died from early heart disease. I miss her so. Unfortunately, men used to get more attention in that department. Glad that is changing. xoxo ♥

    1. I agree about the lack of attention a woman gets with her health--case in point, this dedication of February for heart health has only been around for 10 years!

  8. THose cookies are beautiful!! Ah, heart disease. Killed my Dad and my grandmother, but they both smoked until the bitter end which did not help! Still, I have never smoked and try hard to look after myself and my heart. So many women don't realize the danger heart disease can pose for them.

    1. My grandmother smoked too and you're right it is a "silent" killer! I hope this month raises awareness to know your numbers!

  9. Those cookies look yummy. Congrats to the apron winner!

    Heart disease is so sad and one truly must watch the blood pressure (which I'm doing now after a scare at the doc's.) Susan

    1. Unfortunately, for a lot of women, it's that first "scare" that reminds us how important this is. We are the heart of the family and should put ourselves when it comes to our health. XOXO

  10. Congratulations to Estelle! I think my December one looks the best :-)
    Lovely cookies, Susan!