Red Velvet Crackle Cookies
Makes about 36 cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup Earth Balance buttery spread
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup plain unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons all-natural vegan red food coloring
Powdered sugar, as needed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In a stand mixer, beat the Earth Balance and sugar until light colored and fluffy, about 5-6 minutes using the medium speed. Add in the applesauce 1/4 cup at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl between each addition; beat until well combined and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes. Beat in vanilla and red food coloring.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, about 2/3 at a time, and beat on low to incorporate, scraping down the bowl between each addition of flour; beat until all the flour is added and just combined.
Scoop between a half cup and 1 cup powdered sugar and spread onto a plate. Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough then roll into a ball and dredge in powdered sugar. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet and gently press down slightly to flatten the cookie. Bake between 11 and 12 minutes, but no more. Let sit for about a minute before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!