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Christmas Alphabet: V is for Velvet

December 20, 2011

V is for Velvet, the luscious fabric of choice for holiday gatherings.


Historically the fashion police would say that velvet was inappropriate after New Year’s Eve. Why?

Velvet Scarves

It is soft to the touch, has rich texture to the eye, is warm to wear.

Hopefully that old rule is gone forever.

Red Velvet Cookie

Red Velvet Holiday Cookies

I would have called these “Red Velvet Christmas Cookies,” but thanks, At Home In Alaska for the recipe!


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and food coloring.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites, with clean beaters, until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  6. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

White Chocolate Dip:

  • 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
  • 6 teaspoons shortening
  • festive sprinkles
  1. In a small heavy saucepan, melt white chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Dip half of each cooled cookie into melted chocolate.
  4. Place cookies on waxed paper or parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate with festive sprinkles, if desired.

Makes approximately 7 dozen cookies.


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