This recipe does call for ripe bananas and as you can see, mine are not there yet. However, I have learned a little trick and have been using it for awhile. Just place the bananas you need in the oven while it is warming up and watch them turn brown/black. How long it takes depends on how ripe they were to begin with. Mine took about ten minutes. I usually flip them at least once to get them brown all over. You can place them directly on the oven rack or in an oven safe dish. You will need to let them cool off a bit before slicing them open.
I did make these cookies three different ways to see which I liked best. The first way was just to place scoops onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and pressed three Red Velvet M&Ms into the mounds before baking.
They were not very visually appealing and the colors of the M&Ms bled into the cookie, especially the white. You can try just using the red and burgundy colors if you prefer to make them this way.
Next, I tried my Wilton Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pie pan. I used the same amount of dough, but I had to press the dough into the shape because these cookies do not spread much. It was a little messy, but doable (I would suggest using a greased piece of waxed paper to press the dough). They looked really pretty after they were dipped and decorated. Don't forget to grease your pan if you plan on using this method. (You may need to press the dough down again after they bake, if they rise too much.)
The easiest way to make these cookies, is to stick with the original scoop onto a cookie sheet method. It's less trouble and the cookies still come out pretty once decorated.
I dipped these cookies in dark chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet if you prefer. I do recommend Ghirardelli chocolate chips because they melt so beautifully in the microwave. I used the same Wilton sprinkles that I had used for my Red Velvet Brownie Krispies last week. I found them at Walmart, along with the Red Velvet M&Ms.
These Red Velvet Oatmeal Cookies are moist and chewy like an oatmeal cookie should be. They are filled with plenty of chocolate, banana, and red velvet flavors. You can taste each flavor separately, but they magically all come together smoothly and seamlessly into one incredible flavor sensation for your taste buds.
Red Velvet Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert snack healthy red velvet cake mix quick oats coconut oil banana Valentine's Day cookie American spring
Ingredients (36 cookies)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 (15.25 oz.) package Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake mix
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 package (10 oz) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
- 1 container (2.5 oz) Wilton's Chocolate Hearts Mix sprinkles
- 1 package (9.90 oz) Red Velvet M&Ms
InstructionsFor the cookies
Preheat oven to 350º F.
In a stand mixer, mix together the oil, bananas, vanilla and eggs on low speed, until well blended.
Add the dry cake mix a little at a time, continuing to mix on low. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Next add the quick oats and mix on low until all incorporated.
Then add chocolate chips and continue to mix on low until evenly distributed
With a regular cookie scoop, drop by scoopful onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. (Mine only needed 10 minutes.)
Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a cooling rack to completely cool.For the additional toppings
Melt chocolate chips according to instructions on the back of the package.
Dip half the cooled cookie into the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden. ( I left mine out a room temperature to harden.)
Add sprinkles and M&M candies to the chocolate before it completely hardens.Notes
I kept my finished cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. If you feel the need to refrigerate yours because you are making them far in advance, I suggest you leave out the M&M's because they lose their color when refrigerated. You can always add them later with a dab of melted chocolate if you wish.