Do you know how to make a red velvet cookie even better? Dip it in chocolate!
Facing food allergies can be a challenge but it shouldn’t mean you have to go without. So in 2011, a few years after Xander’s diagnosis, I was inspired to write an ebook called Sweet Cheats. It is filled with tasty desserts and sweet treats that are all dairy, egg and nut free! You can check it out in the link but keep in mind, the pictures aren’t great (well before I really knew how to do food photography) but the recipes are delicious!
Sometimes I forget about that book and the recipes in there but then it dawned on me, I’ve only included one of those in this blog! Crazy right? Especially since those are some of our most loved desserts. Like these Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Cookies, those are #1 on Xander’s MUST EAT LIST.
CAKE OR RED VELVET COOKIE?
EGG FREE=FLUFFY COOKIES
So, what makes them so light? Well, I’ve been testing out more and more recipes with other egg replacers and this time I used the Neat Egg. It is simply a blend of 2 ingredients: chia seeds and garbanzo beans which are vegan, gluten-free and non-gmo. Neat Eggs work great as a binder and for this cookie, it gave us amazing results. If you can’t find this replacer, one of my first “go-to” replacer was Ener-G. It also works perfectly, holding together this cookie and creating a light and fluffy texture. If you’re still new to egg-free baking, check out this post here.
DRESS IT UP
Although I’ve updated this post with new images, I just couldn’t erase this adorable creation of Xander’s below. I like to dress up my cookies with a little melted Enjoy Life chocolate and icing or vegan melted white chocolate such as Milkless (affiliate link). But my Xander….well he had a different plan. Don’t you just love how Xander decorated this little guy? That’s what I call “dressed up”. Now, don’t feel the pressure to make yours with faces, that’s just how Xman distinguished what ones were his. Everyone else’s simply had the bottom 1/3 dipped in chocolate (use with or without a cookie mold) then added a fun little drizzle of vanilla icing or chips (allergy-friendly of course).
Just watch how easy it is to make Vegan Red Velvet Cookies
LET’S GET BAKING
As always, this recipe is FREE FROM: Dairy, Eggs & Nuts. It is also Gluten-free, & Soy Free.
- 1 1/4 C. Bob's 1-to-1 GF Flour (can also use AP Flour)
- 1 TB. Unsweetened Cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 5 TB. Dairy Free Butter at room temp.
- 1 Neat Egg replacer or replacer of choice
- 3/4 C. Granulated sugar
- 1 TB. Red food coloring
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1/2 C. Dairy-free milk + 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice
- 1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- Preheat Oven to 350° degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, stir together dairy-free milk and lemon juice and set aside to curdle.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
- Using a mixer, beat 5 TB butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg replacer, food coloring and vanilla.
- Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the soy milk mixture until smooth.
- Drop by 1/4 C. measurements 2 inches apart and spread batter in a circular motion with back of spoon.
- Bake 12-15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let sit 5 minutes to cool before transferring to wire rack.
- In the meantime, melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave approximately 1 minutes and stir until smooth. If you have a Chocolate Covered Cookie Mold, just fill the mold 1/3 of the way with chocolate, insert cooled cookie, then chill in the fridge until chocolate is hard
- OR simply dip lower half of cookie into melted chocolate and let extra drip off before laying onto parchment. Allow to cool and set before serving.
- OPTIONAL: Drizzle cookies with Vanilla icing Refrigerate until set.
Do you have any recipes that you forgot about but need to pull back out again? If so, what is it?
Maybe you have a recipe that you USE to make that isn’t allergy safe. I’d love to hear what that is so I can add it to my list to make for you!
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