This post is sponsored by Reddi-Wip.
During last year’s Fall Cookie Week, I created some Cinnamon Waffle Cookies with Maple Glaze. I really enjoyed the recipe and unique take on the classic “cookie”, so I wanted to give them another go. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought a seasonal variation on my first recipe could be fun and tasty.
With a few simple changes, I turned the original into these gorgeous and festive Red Velvet Waffle Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze. Oh, and there are sprinkles and Reddi-wip, too. Talk about a tasty treat!
As you know, this year I’m working with Reddi-wip on a few missions to help #SharetheJoy. One of the amazing things about joy is that it can have a domino effect. A single gesture of joy (i.e., baking delicious waffle cookies) can have a long-lasting effect when you share it with someone you love. The ripple continues when that person shares the joy (and the cookies) with the people in their life. It’s kind of awesome, right?
Inspired by this idea, I wanted to create these waffle cookies in an effort to pass along some warm fuzzies to people I know who will enjoy them and share the joy with others. But first, we need some sweet treats. Let’s talk Red Velvet Waffle Cookies.
Not only are these cookies so simple to make, but they look perfectly divine for the upcoming holiday. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be greeted by a plate of tiny waffles topped with Reddi-wip?
The batter comes together pretty quickly. And the “baking” of these cookies is actually done in a waffle iron to create that classic grid pattern.
As yummy as waffles are on their own, their true purpose is to deliver more deliciousness to your mouth. That’s why I’m topping these with cream cheese glaze. Red velvet and cream cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly so this was a natural choice.
Red and pink sprinkles give these even more Valentine’s Day magic. And, just before indulging, I topped each cookie off with a whoosh of Reddi-wip. Made with real cream, it’s the perfect finishing touch for a waffle of any size.
Now, because this glaze has cream cheese in it, it’s not going to set up like a traditional glaze. So these cookies are best enjoyed the same day.
Let’s whip up a batch.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Here's what you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 sticks butter, unsalted
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
PAM cooking spray
Cream Cheese Glaze:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt
Red and pink sprinkles, optional
Reddi-wip for garnish
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt until smooth (about 4 or 5 minutes). Mix to combine.
Turn the mixer to medium and add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Then mix in the vanilla and red food coloring. Finally, set the mixer on low speed and slowly add the flour. The batter will be sticky.
Next, turn on your waffle iron, lightly spray with PAM cooking spray, and set the temperature to medium-high (400 degrees F). Add about a tablespoon of dough to each section of the waffle iron. "Bake" for 2-4 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Let the cookies cool and crisp up on a wire rack.
For the glaze, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar and salt until smooth. Slowly begin to incorporate the milk until you achieve the desired consistency. You may not need all of the milk. Dip the tops of each cookie into the glaze and return them to the cooling rack. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve with a whoosh of Reddi-wip.
Pretty simple, right? And aren’t they beautiful?
Now, to keep this joy train chugging along. I plated up my freshly “baked” cookies and surprised my older brother with a treat. He was delighted!
After a long day of work, he enjoyed a few cookies himself and then shared the rest with his neighbors and friends. Unexpected happy treats are the best.
#SharetheJoy Mission: Complete!
Now, it’s your turn. Go bake up something delicious (may I recommend these Red Velvet Waffle Cookies) and share the joy with a friend.