Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

It’s five days before Christmas…

FIVE days!!………..And I haven’t posted a single Christmas recipe….

Where have I been lately? Pressure is building up.

The Christmas presents are still unwrapped and that gives me what, a few hours before sundown to get it done… because in the next four days I’m gonna be swamped with all things related to Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Somehow, I have to squeeze in a Christmas cookie or else..I’m gonna go bonkers all the way.

I told myself I can’t handle another gingerbread recipe and if I see one, I’m gonna run down our street screaming.

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

I have a thing about Fireplaces.

I know, we live in a tropical country and carpenters will probably think I’m nuts if I start having a fireplace built in my living room in our house…..in the middle of Metro Manila.

I couldn’t even wear a sweatshirt here because I will instantly evaporate.

…but fireplaces are so darn romantic…and Christmas-y. After all, that’s where Santa Claus goes through to enter the house.

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

So, yesterday… I started having ideas and baking urges….

I thought about making these cookies…..

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

Good thing I always have gummy bears in my big, blue goody box!

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

All I had to do was make these red velvet shortbread cookies and shape them like a fireplace… dip them in melted white chocolate chips…I had to keep myself from biting them before they’re done.

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

Those poor gummy bears had to give up their arms and legs to be the christmas lights in those fireplaces….

The kids were very happy to eat the crippled gummies.

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

And later, they were happy to eat the fireplace cookies as well….

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies

Red Velvet Fireplace Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, diced up
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring
  • gummy bears
  • royal icing
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • red, yellow, orange, green food coloring
  • green candy stars
Directions
  1. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Cut the butter into the mixture until it forms crumbs. Add in the red food coloring and mix till evenly distributed. Gather the dough and sandwich it between two pieces of plastic wrap.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll out the dough to ¼″ thick. Take a knife and cut out 3×3 inch squares from the dough. Then cut out 1.5×1.5 inch squares from the bottom of each square.
  3. Place the fireplace shaped shapes on parchment lined baking sheets. Chill the sheets in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.
  4. To prepare the gummy bears, take kitchen shears and cut off the gummy bears’ arms and legs and place them on a piece of parchment paper or small plate (sticky side down).
  5. When cookies has cooled, dip the top edge in melted white chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to dry.
  6. Next, take melted dark chocolate and use it to draw rectangles inside the cookie holes. Wait for the chocolate to dry.
  7. Mix orange food coloring with some royal icing. Use a toothpick and draw a spiky flame on the dried chocolate. Let dry.
  8. Mix some yellow food coloring with some royal icing. Use a toothpick and draw a smaller flame on top of the orange flame. Let dry.
  9. Tint some royal icing a teal green color and place it in a piping bag. Pipe three loops of green icing along the bottom edge of the white chocolate. You can also use a toothpick in doing this.
  10. Take a gummy bear arm/leg and dip half of it in royal icing. Place it under the green icing “string,” just touching the bottom side. Repeat with the rest of the gummy bear arms/legs, alternating colors.
  11. Put green candy stars in between gummy bear arms/legs.
  12. Enjoy with a cup of coffee.

 

Now, it feels like Christmas in here….

Comments

  1. says

    Peach, I really admire how you think about all these cool stuff to bake and cook. Fireplace cookies are something I haven’t seen before and using the gummi bears’ arms and legs for christmas lights is just genius. :)

  2. Nom Yum & Free says

    I love these – too cute of an idea. I think my favorite part is the garland with the gummy bear lights – how creative! I’ll have to show your recipe to my 4 year-old, as I’m sure it’ll be one he wants to add to our list to try (perhaps this weekend), as it looks like one we might easily be able to convert to allergy friendly.  And I know I have some allergy friendly Surf Sweets jelly beans already that would also make perfect lights. :)

    Thanks again for stopping by Nom Yum & Free from Full Plate Thursday! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  3. says

    I love these – too cute of an idea. I think my favorite part is the garland with the gummy bear lights – how creative! I’ll have to show your recipe to my 4 year-old, as I’m sure it’ll be one he wants to add to our list to try (perhaps this weekend), as it looks like one we might easily be able to convert to allergy friendly.  And I know I have some allergy friendly Surf Sweets jelly beans already that would also make perfect lights. :)
     
    Thanks again for stopping by Nom Yum & Free from Full Plate Thursday! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  4. Coffee and Crumpets says

    Hi Peach! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I love your fireplace cookies!
    So adorable. I am glad I found your blog and look forward to visiting it quite often.

    My sister in law is from a little place outside of Manila, I can’t pronounce or spell the name..sorry! My brother has been living there too and he loves it.

    It’s so nice to meet you and I look forward to keeping up with you.

    Nazneen

  5. says

    perfect talaga for this season! easy on the eyes and yummy on the tummy! hehehe

    appreciate much your sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Peach
    Advance Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Miz Helen says

    Your Fireplace Cookies are just awesome!    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Amy Tong says

    You’re so talented.  I really love your fireplace cookies.  :)  Definitely will bring warmth and a smile to anyone who sees them. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family!

  8. Miz Helen says

     Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a very Happy New Year!
    Come Back Soon.
    Miz Helen

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