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March 18, 2012

Harvard Man Cookies

Am I allowed to brag a little?

Okay thanks guys! I am officially dating a HARVARD MAN.

Yep, my man is headed to Harvard for graduate school next year! My first reaction? Yes! A chance to make themed cookies!!! I mean, congratulations, honey!!!!

But of course, I couldn’t resist. I just had to whip up a batch of crimson Red Velvet roll out cookies complete with cream cheese frosting Harvard H’s. I also made some Harvard cocktails and hit up The Coop for a Harvard tee.

While this was slightly beside the point for this occasion… these actually weren’t my favorite cookies. I found them to be a bit chalky. If I make them again, I think they need more butter or liquid and a little less cocoa powder so they are a little less thick and a little more red.  But they were fun to make – I had never heard of red velvet cookies before, only cake or cupcakes! And I’m always up for a kitchen adventure.

So all I have to say is….. GO CRIMSON!! And really, congratulations to my Christopher 🙂

Red Velvet Roll Out Cookies
adapted from

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 vanilla bean pods, seeds scraped out
  • 1 tbsp red food colouring
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk powder
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter and confectioners sugar. Add the egg, vanilla seeds, red food colouring, and 2 tbs milk and mix well.  Sift together the cocoa, buttermilk powder, flour, baking powder and salt and add to the wet ingredients. The dough should be soft but not sticky. After mixing, let it rest for five to ten minutes, then roll out to 1/4 inch thickness dusting very lightly with cocoa powder if needed. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting!