Black and White Red Velvet Cookies for a Special Wedding Shower

black and white red velvet cookie

Black and White Red Velvet Cookies

The shower hostess group I belong to at church got to host a wedding shower last week for a special couple, James and Jenna.

After learning the bride’s colors were red, black and silver, my imagination went crazy thinking about what we could serve that would taste good, be a little different and carry out the color scheme. Although tradition dictates a sheet cake decorated in appropriate colors, I think it’s more interesting to be weird and unpredictable.  For example, we’ve done a pie bar, mini-bundt chocolate cakes and Gooey Chocolate Cakes with Coffee Ice Cream in the past.  I considered cupcakes this time but my skills with a pastry bag are limited so forget that!

Then I remembered a post I published recently on Black and White Cookies–the traditional kind with white batter and a subtle lemon flavor. How would they taste if I used a red velvet cake kind of recipe instead?  I set to work experimenting with my original recipe. After what seemed like at least 100 bottles of red food coloring, this is my recipe for Black and White Red Velvet Cookies. The frosting is the same for both cookies.

black and white cookie w stripe towel

Original Black and White Cookies

These gorgeously red cookies with a cake-like texture have a mild chocolate flavor with the barest hint of almond. One of Helen Corbitt’s (a strong influence from my past) favorite tricks was to dip her measuring spoon in almond extract before measuring out the vanilla.  I do this a lot (sometimes more than a dip), especially in ice cream and pudding but also anything chocolate.

My friend Debbie (second from the right in picture below), the leader of our hostess group, offered to help bake since we estimated needing at least 45-50 cookies. Saturday night before the shower we produced 3 batches and slathered chocolate frosting on one side leaving them to dry overnight.  I woke up nervous that we didn’t bake enough so I hopped out of bed early Sunday morning before church to make another batch. At this point, the cookies started to take over the kitchen and dining room and I began feeling like a big blob of frosting.

black and whites on table.

Cookies seem to explode in my dining room.

We made them big since they would be the main entree with sides of nuts, mints and punch. Each batch produced 14-16 cookies using two ice cream scoops for each cookie. Of course, we had some rejects and a few had to be taste-tested by the husbands.

hostesses with bridal couple

Hostesses pose with the happy couple.

Once the shower started, it appeared we might run out of cookies so I retrieved the tray of emergency-only rejects I had left in the car. It was difficult to decide which would be more embarrassing–to serve ugly cookies or have to tell our guests we had no more cookies. Of course, everything worked out in the end. (Thank-you God.)

Shower table

Table Decoration by Karan.

This shower was special because both the bride and groom grew up in our church so their parents have been friends for a long time.  As you can imagine, guests and gifts were plentiful to honor this special time in the lives of James and Jenna. May God bless their marriage.

Click here to see recipe for Black and White Red Velvet Cookies.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Somerset Wedding Girl April 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

Oh my, these are really delightful! I love that the inside is red.


Nona Mills December 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

those cookies look so good and festive for the holidays too, great job.


Marisol Perry December 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Hm…. what a great way to use Red Velvet! That’s on my list for this holiday season, but I might just make these cookies instead! How wonderful for the shower – and what a terrific photo – of everyone! The presentation looks fantastic, I’m sure everyone loved them!


Nina December 14, 2010 at 7:30 am

Paula — these are stunning!! What a wonderfully creative twist on a NY classic…perfect time of year for them, too! I am sure they were a hit with the guests–beautiful job.


mike December 7, 2010 at 1:34 am

Hm…. what a great way to use Red Velvet! That’s on my list for this holiday season, but I might just make these cookies instead! How wonderful for the shower – and what a terrific photo – of everyone! The presentation looks fantastic, I’m sure everyone loved them!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Hmmm….black and white and red all over? These are gorgeous, and are perfect for such a happy celebration. 🙂


Katrina December 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Those look really great, Paula!


Der December 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

The picture of these black and white red velvet cookies is by far my new favorite!
What a beautiful shower!


Mary December 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

What great-looking cookies! You all did a great job and I’m sure the happy couple was thrilled with their colour coordinated cookies.


Suzanne December 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

those cookies look so good and festive for the holidays too, great job.


Tamara December 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Oh, these are beautiful! And, I think I’m going to have to steal your idea (God will forgive me. 😉 My daughter is getting married next April and loves red velvet cake. I was looking for some type of ‘favor’ to send home with the guests after her shower — and I think this would be perfect!

Beautiful shower and the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. are adorable!


naomi December 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

What a great cookie and a perfect to cookie to honor such a joyful occasion. I hope you submitted that second picture to Tastespotting or Foodgawker. It’s beautiful!


Mary December 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

What a lovely shower with yummy cookies! I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award, please drop by my blog to pick it up, Mary


steph (whisk/spoon) November 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

those are stunning! and what a lovely shower gift!


bigFATcook November 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

Your cookies look really good!! I bet they taste delicious too!! :))



Paula November 30, 2010 at 6:46 am

The insides of the cookies are as stunning as the outside. You are very creative and I think the fact that your church has a hostess group for showers is lovely. The happy engaged couple certainly look pleased with all of your efforts.

Great photo of you Paula!


ldh November 30, 2010 at 6:05 am

I love unpredictable and surprising and coming from Paula’s kitchen, I am not surprised these turned out beautifully. Your dining room table looks so fun decked out with all of those cookies! Very festive.

One of my daughters married a young man that she grew up with in church. And, now as these kids are all reaching adulthood, there are many more. My best friends kids are best friends of my girls and now their children and forming friendships. Another blessing of the body of Christ. 🙂


TheKitchenWitch November 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

Look at the color you got in those suckers! RED! I am really impressed!


Pam November 30, 2010 at 12:05 am

I love the simple elegance these cookies bring! I must keep this idea and recipe in my file.


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