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.
Recipe by The Peach Kitchen at https://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2012/12/red-velvet-fireplace-cookies/