Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies

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This was my first time making any type of “red velvet” cookies and I am so excited to share the recipe! When I was at the grocery store the other day I couldn’t resist grabbing a bag of the Valentine’s Day pink M&M’s especially since pink is my favorite color.. plus, Valentines Day is just right around the corner.  If you don’t want to use M&M’s you can just use chocolate chips. I used a combo of M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips..so its totally up to you!

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter; softened or at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg; room temperature
1 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp red food coloring; or around 25 drops of liquid coloring
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup M&M’s
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Red Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. In a mixer, beat butter, sugars, and egg until creamed. Slowly add heavy cream, vanilla extract, and food coloring.

2. Reduce mixing speed and add in flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until dough is formed. With a wooden spoon or spatula fold in M&M’s and chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
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3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. *This is completely optional, but I sprinkled red sprinkles and placed 3 M&M’s and a few chocolate chips in cookies dough ball before I baked them. Bake for 11-12 minutes then cool on cooling racks. Cookies will seem a littles under-cooked but they will cook as they cool and they will be extra chewy, just how I like them!
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