Woo your significant other for Valentine’s Day with this Red Velvet Ice Cream!
Just for the fun of it, I made my usual favorite chocolate chip cookies the other day, but had the idea to turn the cookie dough red and bake the cookies in a heart shape. For just making it up as I went along, I was really happy with how they turned out!
I made half a recipe of the cookie dough and after beating the butter and sugar together, I added some red food coloring. It was a perfect shade of red/pink. I then just scooped the cookies with a cookie scoop and baked them round. But AS SOON as I took them out of the oven, I used the spatula and scrunched one end together a bit to make the point at the bottom of the heart, then I indented the top to make the two bumps at the top of the heart. They formed perfectly, just know that you have to hurry before the cookies start to set up on the baking sheet and are too hard to shape.
While I was making the cookies, I stuck some cookie dough in some small ramekins and put a chocolate inside, to mimic my most popular Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I was in a Valentine kind of mood. The boys came home from school and ate the heart shaped cookies up. Then between Kevin and Scott, they later ate almost all of the six, BIG RED Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies I’d made. I had fun with some photos after deciding these cookies needed some Red Velvet Ice Cream on top. I just made up a recipe and I actually think it turned out pretty well! I’ve never even seen or heard of Red Velvet Ice Cream before, though I’m sure it’s been done before. I really just took my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe, added one tablespoon of cocoa powder and some red food coloring. It tastes like red velvet to me!
Red Velvet Ice Cream, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
3/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In a medium sized saucepan heat sugar, salt, cocoa powder and the cream over medium heat until well combined and sugar is dissolved. In a large bowl, combine the half and half and milk (*you can use any combination, 3 cups total of cream, half and half or milk that you’d like, this is just what I had at the time). Whisk in the heated sugar, cocoa and cream mixture and combine well. Stir in the red food coloring and vanilla. Set bowl in a larger bowl with ice water to make an ice bath. Stir every few minutes until the mixture is cold. (It only took 10-15 minutes!). Pour into bowl of ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 20-25 minutes. Remove ice cream from bowl and store in an airtight container. Freeze for a couple hours.
And after all of that, Kevin doesn’t like red velvet (I already knew that), so he won’t even try the ice cream. He’s a chocolate ice cream kind of guy, which is fine by me! I love him no matter!
(Okay, so I must admit, Kevin and I don’t take enough pictures together. This one is from our anniversary in June 2009.) Let me see, there’s got to be something more recent……
Here we go, in October of last year, so just a few months ago, Kevin and I went to a cute little beefalo burger place (owned by some neighbors of ours), called The Bomb Diggity. Kevin took a challenge and ate a 2 lb. burger—1 pound patty and another pound off all the fixin’s and bun.
During the time it took me to eat my little slider size burger and my mom and dad to eat their regular size burgers, Kevin ate that thing. This next photo is Kevin, my mom and I all taking our last bite together at the same time!
So there—a more recent picture of the love of my life and I. (And you’re welcome, Mom, for leaving you in the picture. I could have cropped it.) But I wanted to leave her in the photo.
A couple other great ideas for Valentine’s Day treats I’d thought of are linked here--
Fudgie Wudgies Cookies—just because it’s so fun to say and they are delicious and would be great for any chocolate lover in your life.