Monday, April 1, 2013

Red Velvet Pepperoni (cookies) for April Fools' Day & March's Funny Food Blogger Posts

You probably thought by the title of this post that I actually made cookies out of  pepperoni. Yes I am crazy enough to do that, but not this time.  So double April Fools!

I love to make fake foods. If I ever had the urge to write a cookbook (I don't) I would fill it with fake food recipes. Like cocktail weenies that are actually marzipan cookies.

And Sushi that are really candy truffles.

And lotsah fake matzah.

These red velvet pepperoni cookies are a riff on chocolate salami cookies. I added red velvet flavoring to the mixture, rolled two smaller, thinner logs and coated the outside with powdered sugar. This is a no bake cookie recipe.

The cookies are very rich so making them a pepperoni size version was actually a good idea.  Happy April Fools'!

Red Velvet Pepperoni Cookies
(Barely adapted from Chocolate Salami recipe from Hannaford)

  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups crushed Vanilla Wafers
  • 1/3 cup blanche slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon red velvet flavoring
  • Powdered sugar for coating

  • Place the butter and the chocolate in a double boiler and melt, stirring until smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla wafer crumbs and almonds.
  • Add the red velvet flavoring making sure it's mixed in throughly.
  • Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  • In the meantime lay two sheet of plastic wrap on your workspace and spray with baking spray.
  • Spoon half the cookie batter into a long row on one sheet of plastic and repeat with the other half of the batter.
  • Roll the dough up in the plastic and twist the ends.
  • Gently roll the plastic covered dough between your hands to round it into a pepperoni shape.
  • Place in freezer and after 10 minutes, check the dough and make sure it hasn't flattened out on one side. If it has, roll it between your hands again to reshape it.
  • Leave dough in freezer  overnight.
  • Remove dough from freezer and let it thaw out for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove plastic wrap, rub with powdered sugar.
  • Slice each roll with a sharp knife cutting the cookies into pepperoni sized pieces and serve.

Here are the food blog posts that cracked me up this past month. I needed those laughs because that lyin' groundhog got me so excited for spring and instead it just snowed every damn week.

Cake Wreck's Completely Inappropriate First Birthday Cakes
Foodie from Food for the Thoughtless
Salty Seattle's How to Win St. Patrick Day
Fatty Daddy Cocktail from The David Blahg
Paper & Salt's Marquis de Sade: Molten Chocolate Espresso Cake with Pomegranate 
Lentil Breakdown's Cashewal Sex


  1. These are really good - they so look like pepperoni. I love them.

  2. Haha those really look like pepperoni! The other ones look real too! That would make a great cookbook.

    1. Love, love these cookies and totally a cookbook!!

  3. I would have never thought these were looks like a real pepperoni! I'm astounded! What a great for April Fool's Day! Loving the matzoh and cocktail weinies too!

  4. That is so funny. I want to save this for next year!
    When do you have time to do all this???

  5. Love your pepperoni cookies and the look back at all your other wonderful April Fool's treats.

  6. They look JUST like pepperoni! Wow, you did an awesome job! :)


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