Welcoming the fifth month of the year is an easy thing for me. I don't know why, but it is. I've a few things lined up for this month--and one of them would be my monthly high school batch reunion. It's definitely something to look forward to. And also reviewing for the civil service exams for the professional level is on the cards. For people from other countries (mainly Europe or US)--happy May day! Enjoy your Maypole dance (that is, if you guys still do that)!
Here in the Philippines, it's Labour Day. The day where groups do their rallies and pickets. I am now ambivalent about what they're holding their rallies for--so less talk, less mistake. I spent the holiday at home resting. We had an office event yesterday, and it was great fun--sadly, it had gone undocumented, except for a dance number. I do hope that there would be another reunion! It was great seeing those people who I knew while growing up (my parents also worked in the office where I am employed now).
So, other things. I have re-connected with an old friend whom I haven't had any contact for years. She was intrigued by the cookie post on my Instagram feed. This was a combination of two recipes but it brought out the desired result of one. I would like to credit The Londoner for the original recipe--sadly, I tried it, and it turned out different--but the apple cider vinegar worked wonders! Either that, or I'm just not used to the weighted measurements of the ingredients--haha. So, without further ado, please allow me to share the (modified) recipe for red velvet cookies. Please note that I separated the list for the wet and dry ingredients!
1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
vanilla (2 tablespoons*)
red food colouring (3 tablespoons*)
2 tablespoons* apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons* plain yoghurt (the original recipe called for buttermilk, but sadly there is none available; plain yoghurt proved to be a good substitute)
2 and 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
2 heaped tablespoons* cocoa
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
*real tablespoon-yes, the one we use for meals!
How it was done
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit).
Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time while mixing. Add in apple cider vinegar, yoghurt and red food colouring. Add in flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa in and beat until smooth. Roll rounded teaspoons into balls and place into ungreased cookie sheets lined with wax paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should have a cake-like texture when done.
If you like the cream cheese sandwich filling...
8 oz pack of cream cheese, softened,
1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
Mix these ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy. Place it in the refrigerator until ready to sandwich. Enjoy!