The deal with chocolate

A true way to check if someone is a friend is to ask if they know your least favorite foods. Sure it’s easy to notice what your friend always eats or would bite your hand off if you ever tried to sneak a nibble but do they know what you avoid like the plague? For J I know it’s mushrooms and turkey. Mine are things like onion, animals that were not mentioned in the traditional “Old McDonald’s Farm” ditty and chocolate. Feel free to gasp. Needless to say Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday.

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When my coworker specified chocolate for a birthday treat I almost died. Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate dipped fruit and Hershey’s kisses do not appeal to me. My compromise was Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies. Enough chocolate to satisfy most feminine cravings but still different. So here’s the recipe from ireallylikefood with a small correction.

1 1/4 2 1/2 cup AP flour
2/3 cup white sugar
2 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt omitted due to salted butter
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 Tbl red food color

Cream softened butter and sugar together. Add cocoa powder and food coloring.

Add flour and gently mix. Dough should be a little crumbly but still able to shape a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and let chill for at least 60 minutes.

Let dough rest to warm and divide into four. Knead dough adding flour as necessary to make a pliable dough that isn’t tacky to touch.

Roll out to 1/2″ thickness then cut using cutter of choice. Bake at 325 degrees F until set and starting to brown on the bottom. Mine took 7 minutes and were almost 1 1/2″ in diameter.

Remove from tray and let cool completely before decorating. I drizzled melted almond bark on top for a smooth sweet taste.

For a cute touch I packed in a Mason jar and topped with a colorful napkin. I think I’ll buy some pretty quilting scraps for the future though.

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