Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower!

   Surprise! Some of my favorite blogging friends and I are throwing a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower for our friend Mandy, who blogs over at Mandy's Recipe Box. Mandy is due with her 4th child in just a few weeks, so we all wanted to celebrate and share some delicious food in her honor.

   I adore Mandy and am so happy I've got to know her through the yummy food blogging world. We first 'met' 2 years ago, when I came across one of her recipes over at Tasty Kitchen. I clicked on the link to her blog and instantly fell in-love with it! She had so many recipes I wanted to make.

   I decided to comment on one, and soon after we both started commenting back and forth on each others blogs. We became friends on Facebook and the rest is history! We have lot's in common. We both have 3 children. 2 girls and 1 boy (excluding her bun in the oven) and both named our youngest daughters Emma. We also share the same sense of humor, love of food, and religious beliefs. I know if Mandy and I lived closer to each other we'd be real BFF's  :)

   So to you, Miss Mandy, I want to say Congratulations and wish you the best of luck when your little one arrives. I wish we lived closer so I could help you out, bring you dinners, and babysit when you need a break... or a nap! ♥

Now, let's party! I brought the cookies....

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields about 3 dozen

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
6 Tablespoons vegetable shortening, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon red food coloring
1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips, divided

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Add butter, shortening and sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer and mix on medium speed until very fluffy, about 3 or so minutes. Add egg, egg yolk and mix until combined. Then add vinegar, vanilla and food coloring. Mix until well blended.

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Scoop dough out by the heaping Tablespoonful, and roll into balls. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press about 4-5 more white chocolate chips into the top of each ball. Being careful not to flatten the balls.

Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Enjoy ♥

Recipe adapted from: Cooking Classy

Below is a list of the other bloggers celebrating Mandy's baby shower:

Brandie @ The Country Cook
Amy @ Shugary Sweets
Jocelyn @ Inside Bru Crew Life
Nikki @ Chef In Training
Stephanie @ Back For Seconds
Ashton @ Something Swanky
Dorothy @ Crazy For Crust
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake
Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos


Becca {Crumbs and Chaos} said...

Holly, these look downright perfect! I love red velvet :)

Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box said...

{screaming!} Holly!! I remember you mentioning that you wanted to throw me a virtual baby shower back when I announced I was expecting, but had totally forgotten about it. I am just sitting here checking my favorite blogs and see my name. I am in tears over here! Thanks so much!! {hugs} Now you all just need to mail these treats to me, mmmk?

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

These are awesome, Holly! Eeeek, homemade red velvet cookies? I'm dying for a taste over here!! So happy you asked me to participate in Mandy's shower!!

Shiloh Barkley said...

these are sooo pretty!! love!

The Country Cook said...

How much fun if this was in person, huh? Thank you so much for hosting Holly and thank you for asking me to be a part! I just could not be happier for Mandy and her expanding family. Congratulations Mandy and well done Holl!! Love you gals!

Back for Seconds said...

These look like cookie perfection, Holly! Mandy is such a doll, I'm so excited for her!!

ShugarySweets said...

Thanks for setting this up Holly!! These cookies look amazing. LOVE them!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

These are SO pretty Holly! I love them and thanks for coordinating this wonderful shower!

The Better Baker said...

Oh Holly - what a sweet (pun intended!=) thing to do. I love Mandy too...she has such great recipes. I love a good party...this is great. Thanks for being such a great friend.

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Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

These look fabulous! Thanks so much for putting this shower together!:)

Amy Poore said...

I just came upon your blog today - I'm fairly new to the blogging world and love when I come across ones as fun and cute as yours! What you're doing for your blog friend Mandy is so sweet and these cookies look fabulous! I can't wait to try them!

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