Who doesn’t love cookies and who doesn’t love gifts? For Valentine’s Day, there is nothing sweeter than giving or receiving a handmade token of crafted care. So, to help you kick start your holiday gifting brainstorming session, how about Valentine’s Day cookie ideas? Here is Valentine’s Day red velvet cookie mix in a jar.
THE RED VELVET COOKIE MIX INGREDIENTS
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- ¾ c Brown sugar
- ¼ c White granulated sugar
- Raisins, dried cranberries, dates, or any other complimentary dried fruit and nuts if your gift recipient (or you!) is a nut and dried fruit aficionado (optional)
- 1 c chocolate chips
- Heart-shaped red and pink and white chocolate and chocolate candies and sprinkles (Essentials for the perfect Valentine’s Day decorated cookies)
- 1 and ½ c Red velvet cake mix (or flour would do just fine too, simply adding a mention of red food coloring to be paired with it to the recipe that you’ll paste outside of the cookie mix jar!)
- ¼ c Cocoa powder, unsweetened, natural
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- A big storage jar, anywhere from 22 oz to about 24 oz should do. You can opt to go even bigger with perhaps a 32 oz jar and nice gold metal lid.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Do:
LAYER the ingredients! Essentially you’ll want to fill the entire jar in equal parts.
- Add in all of the flour into the jar first as the base.
- Add second layer, the brown sugar.
- Add the third layer, the white sugar.
- Add the fourth layer, the cocoa powder.
- At this point, the jar should be virtually filled to the brim. Now, just sprinkle on some of the heart-shaped sprinkles and chocolates. Sprinkle on salt, baking soda, and any optional toppings for the final touch.
THE RED VELVET COOKIE MIX RECIPE
Attach this on the outside of the jar for your gift recipient to know how to make Valentine’s Day cookies. To make Valentine’s Day cookies, it all comes down to the right method!
- The dry cookie mix in a jar
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 large egg, at room temperature*
- 1 Tablespoon milk (I use buttermilk)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon gel red food coloring
- Pour out the cookie mix from the jar and whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Just the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt for now. Set aside.
- Mix and beat the wet ingredients together using a handheld or stand mixer on high speed until creamy, each about 1 minute: the brown sugar and granulated sugar; egg, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy; the food coloring. Turn the mixer off and pour the dry cookie mix ingredients bowl into the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed. Beat in more food for more red if you want. On low speed, beat in the chocolate chips. The dough will be sticky.
3.Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (and up to 3 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow dough to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
4.Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
5.Scoop 1.5 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, as pictured above. Place 9 balls onto each baking sheet. Bake each batch for 13 minutes. (Now, how to decorate cookies for Valentine’s Day? Decorate cookies for Valentine’s Day by dipping each one halfway into melted chocolate followed by a few heart-shaped candy sprinkles if desired.)
6.Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now that you’ve taken care of the inside of the jar, elevate your cookie mix in a jar with the right outer look. You’ll fix up the jar with decorative Valentine’s day adornments like stick-on hearts, kisses, arrows, and the like trinkets and stickers if you’d like. Go as extreme or as simple as you want. Place the cookie mix recipe, either handwritten or typed, on a kraft paper tag or stock paper then stick it to the jar or tuck it away into a wooden craft box with the cookie mix in a jar as a great delivery. Wrap the jar lid around with white, red and pink ribbon and/or lace, hearty (yes, that was intentional) brown twine, and bow it. Finalize it all by sealing it with a kiss (a literal Hershey’s kiss if you’d like), a heart-shaped chocolate chunk that you can wrap in foil or leave bare. Glue it on top of your jar lid and send it off!