Red Velvet Oreo Chex Mix {My first attempt at Puppy Chow}

A confession – while I love to bake, I’ve never ever made the infamous Puppy Chow. You know, that Chex Mix that is coated in chocolate, peanut butter and some powdered sugar? I’ve been on a mission to make it and the perfect occasion finally happened – baking with Nicole!

I’ve been hearing a lot about the Red Velvet Oreo cookies and when I finally found them at Target (don’t worry, I went into Target to buy a “few things” and left with a cart full – EVERY TIME), I couldn’t wait to buy them. They came in a smaller-than-typical Oreo box, meaning I used the whole box in the recipe and wasn’t left with leftovers .. okay, besides the 2-3 that I had to try first.

not my photo – but this is what they look like!

I am not a big Oreo fan – sorry, I just am not. But I do love cream cheese frosting and when I heard the Red Velvet OREOS weren’t as chocolatey and had a cream cheese type frosting, I knew I had to buy a box. And of course bake with them. Want an excuse to try the Red Velvet OREOs? Here you go!

red velvet oreo puppy chow chex mix for valentine's day

Red Velvet OREO Puppy Chow 

(I added in Valentine’s M&Ms and sent a bag of this to my brother for Valentine’s Day feel free to make it any time of year you can find these OREOs though! – modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Here’s what you need:
  • 20 Red Velvet OREOs, finely crushed into crumbs (divided into two halves)
  • 1 c. powdered sugar (divided into half)
  • 10 cups Rice Chex cereal (divided into two halves – 5 c. + 5 c.)
  • 1 1/4 c. white chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 1/4 c. milk chocolate melting wafers
  • Extra OREOs, roughly chopped (I used probably 4-5)
  • 1/2 c. M&Ms – I used the Valentine’s ones

Here’s what you do:

  1. Measure out powdered sugar and crushed Oreos and mix together. Divide mixture in half – you’ll use half for the white Rice Chex and half for the chocolate Rice Chex.
  2. Measure out half the Rice Chex – about 5 cups. Pour into a large bowl or tupperware with a lid.
  3. Melt white chocolate on low, in a microwave. Stir throughout to make sure you don’t burn chocolate. Pour melted white chocolate over Rice Chex and store until cereal is covered.
  4. Pour half powdered sugar/OREO mixture over white chocolate Chex. Put lid on tupperware and shake until cereal is coated with sugar and OREO mixture.
  5. Repeat the above steps with the chocolate Chex. Melt chocolate on low, pour over remaining 5 c. Rice Chex and coat, pour remaining powdered sugar/OREO mixture over chocolate Chex and shake to coat.
  6. Combine cooled white chocolate and chocolate Chex mix. Add in extra chopped OREOs and M&M. Share with a loved one or friend!

 

red velvet oreo puppy chow for valentine's day

Yum! What’s your favorite kind of Chex Mix or Puppy Chow?

 

 

 

Last minute Valentine’s Day dessert – Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies!

“Do you have any Valentine’s Day recipes?” my coworker, Cari, asked me the other day. Did I have any Valentine’s Day recipes? I almost laughed- I had about a bazillion pinned and about a gazillion more in my head (and a few on here). I was dying to make all of them, too! But I couldn’t. Despite reallllly wanting to make a Valentine’s Day dessert, I had just made cupcakes for our Mardi Gras gathering and was hesitant to add more sugar to my fridge (we may have 2 cupcakes left) or bring to the office.

So when Cari asked if I thought she could just cut one of the recipes I had shared with her in half, I somewhat jokingly suggested we bake together and split the recipe between the two of us.  And she said yes! I didn’t know what to do – I don’t typically bake around other people. Sure, B’s usually in the room watching TV or reading, and at home my parents are somewhere nearby, but there are few times I actually bake with someone. I don’t mind it – but I’m a very messy baker, and not that accurate (I hardly ever measure vanilla … or other things), so my baking style sometimes shocks and scares others.

Was it messy? Yes. Were my hands, the counter top, and more, covered in red batter, powdered sugar? Perhaps. But was it a success? Yes. The cookies came out delicious (although not whoopee-pie like, like the original recipe, but thus the name change), Cari’s boyfriend was excited, and I have quelled my baking itch for another day or so. AND Cari has said she’ll bake with me again, so I really can’t be that scary, right?

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Red Velvet Heart Sandwiches

Based off Annie’s Eats Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

For the cookies:

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ c cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg (or ¼ c Egg Beaters, like I used)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature (I used powdered buttermilk)
  • 1 oz. red food coloring (a.k.a a whole lotta food coloring)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  Cut yourself a heart template from cardboard or card stock. Trace the template/stencil evenly spaced onto pieces of parchment paper or nonstick foil to fit two cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. If you’re using powdered buttermilk, add the powdered equivalent to this dry mixture.
  3. In your KitchenAid or stand mixer, mix the butter and brown sugar on medium until fluffy and creamy. Beat in the egg (or Egg Beaters) and vanilla.  If you’re using powdered buttermilk, add the 1/2 c water (or whatever the buttermilk box tells you) at this time.
  4. Turn mixer on low and slowly incorporate dry ingredients about a cup at a time. Do not overbeat. 
  5. Blend in the food coloring. I used two full little containers of food coloring gel and probably could’ve used more.
  6. Using a spoon, move batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  Pipe the batter onto the foil hearts.  
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes and cool for 4-5 minutes on baking sheets before transferring cookies to a cooling rack.  Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting/filling. I put mine in the freezer to speed up the process.

For the frosting/filling:

Here’s what you need:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Pink sprinkles or sugar crystals (optional)

Here’s what you do

  1. Clean your stand mixer so you can make the frosting in there! Beat the cream cheese and butter on medium until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add in powdered sugar until smooth and lump free.

Make the sandwiches:

  1. After cookies are cool, spread them out and pair them up, placing two hearts that appear the same shape and size on top of one another. Flip one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up.
  2. Make your sandwiches! Using a spoon (or another piping bag, as the original recipe suggests), place a heaping tablespoon of frosting on top of the flat side of the cookie you’d like to be the bottom. Sandwich the cookies together so the flat sides are facing each other and press gently to help the filling reach the edges.
  3. You should be able to see a thin white layer of frosting between two cookies. Feel free to sprinkle sugar crystals along the sides to add more Valentine flair.
  4. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

foil with hearts on them

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Cari loves pouring the dry ingredients

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Cari is also a great piper

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Piping the red velvet hearts

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Ready to go into the oven!

Red Velvet Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches

Enjoy! Our recipe made 9 sandwiches (18 cookies) and two mini heart cakes.