FIFTEEN. Sorry, had to get that out there.
I don't know what you did Monday night, but I watched the Crimson Tide win it's fifteenth national championship. Of course football is pretty important here at the University of Alabama, but what I love about it is that it brings so many people together. I still feel like I'm a part of something even though there are over 30,000 students here and over 100,000 if the stadium's full. AND, this is the third national championship the Tide has won since I've been here. How awesome is that?
My family had a game-viewing get-together at my uncle's house and I knew I needed to make something crimson. And delicious. That's why red velvet anything is perfect for Alabama gamedays.
Do you want to know a secret? I put some Bailey's in these cookies. I was mixing up the batter and it was super thick, so I thought I'd add a little milk. But then I looked over at the counter next to the fridge and there it was. Unfortunately, you can't taste it at all. I didn't put much in the dough (like a 1/2 teaspoon) because it's supposed to be thick enough to roll into balls without refrigerating. But I suppose you could just refrigerate the dough if you want to add more Bailey's and roll it into balls after that.
red velvet crinkle cookies
Adapted from the Duncan Hines recipe on the boxes of red velvet cake mix.
I omitted the lemon zest and cornstarch just because I didn't have any at my house.
1 box red velvet cake mix
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 - 1 cup powdered sugar
2-4 teaspoons Bailey's (optional)
- Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until completely melted.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, Bailey's (f you want), and the melted butter.
- Mix by hand (I used a large rubber spatula) until dough forms. This will take a little while and a little work. Just keep going at it until all the powdery cake mix lumps are gone.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375.
- Pour 1/2 cup - 1 cup of powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll in powdered sugar.
- Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes. The original recipe says up to 9 minutes, but the cookie were too hard when I baked them for that long.
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
If you decide to make these cookies and include more Bailey's, please let me know how it goes! I could really smell it when I was mixing the dough, but was a little disappointed when the flavor wasn't there after I baked them. But I didn't use much. I wasn't really trying to make Bailey's Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. It was more of a Hey-this-could-be-neat moment. And I didn't tell anyone I added it. Except my mom. After the game was over and almost all the cookies were gone.
PS. My last semester of college started today. Whhaattt?
PSS. These would be super cute for Valentine's day! Especially if you rolled out the dough and used heart shaped cookie cutters.