You’ve heard of red velvet cake, you’ve heard of red velvet cookies, but have you ever heard of green velvet cookies? Now you have and they are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day!
Green Velvet Crinkle Cookies are the perfect easy cookie recipe for St. Patrick’s Day or any other green themed party!
The traditional red velvet was flavored with cocoa and buttermilk to give it that iconic chocolatey tang and beets were used for that vibrant red color and intense moisture.
Nowadays, we have ditched the veggies and gone with an easier solution. Due to the batter being a muddy brown, it does not take much food coloring to get the deep reds we know and love.
While the history of the red velvet cake (and subsequent cookies) is highly contested, we know that it was invented in the 1900s at some point and that people lose their minds over it.
Green velvet cookies are a hybrid between traditional red velvet and Lemon Cooler Cookies which are a type of crinkle cookie.
Crinkle cookies get their name from their distinctive appearance or cracks on the top of the cookie. The science behind how that look is made is fascinating.
Sugar works much like salt in that it draws moisture out of things. In this instance, the dough. By topping these cookies in sugar, it draws the moisture out of the surface, promoting and drawing out cracks before the interior has set.
The sugar crystals will actually turn into a liquid or syrup during the bake and then recrystallize as the liquid evaporates in the oven. The result is a gorgeous cookie with a beautifully sugary crust and a decadent chewy center.
This recipe uses the same brown batter as you would for red velvet only you swap the red food coloring for the green food coloring This makes for a deep, army green hue instead of a light and playful shade. It screams St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t let the color fool you, you’ll get all of the cocoa flavor as the good ‘ol red velvet.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Talk about an addictive and mouth-watering cookie plate. These will keep at room temperature for a week.
These cookies are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party, to send to school with the kids, for party favors should you find yourself throwing a green themed party, or just for a lazy Sunday if you are out of red food coloring.
There won’t be a single cookie left.
Check out these other St. Patrick’s Day desserts!
- Rainbow Cupcakes
- Shamrock Cookies
- Ombre St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes
- Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars
- Guinness Flourless Chocolate Cake
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Green Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Place in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until it lightens one shade of yellow and is fluffy.
- Beat in eggs, food color and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture until fully combined.
- Cover and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place powdered sugar into a medium bowl and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and then roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a lined cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies 9-11 minutes or until balls have flattened, crinkled and are matte (not shiny). They might look a little underdone, however this is just perfect for a soft cookie. Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Enjoy your Green Velvet Crinkle Cookies!