November 18, 2008

Red Velvet Holiday Cookies

i stumbled across this recipe in a "country home" magazine and simply had to share. they are so good...not too sweet but just right! and really...who can go wrong with cream cheese frosting!?

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1 oz. bottle red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In large bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugars until smooth. Add eggs, food coloring, vanilla, and lemon juice; beat until just combined. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined, scraping sides of bowl (be sure to scrape bottom or you will have marbled red and white dough at the bottom of the bowl).

Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet (roll into balls if you want nice "smooth" cookies). Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes...edges will be set but middle should still be slightly soft. Cool on wire racks.

Frost cooies with cream cheese frosting (recipe below). Decorate as desired...the magazine had a fancy pants picture of cocoa powder sprinkled on through a stencil of some sort...we were too lazy for that and simply used green and Christmas-y sparkles (yes...I do know it isn't even Thanksgiving and I'm already baking Christmas cookies!).

In medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed...beat half of an 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter (that is half a stick), 1 tsp. vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar until desired consistency.


Shanna said...

mmmmmmmm thank you thank you thank you!!!

Rebecca said...

i made these today and they were a big hit with everyone here! jonathan (my hubby) has also declared them his new favorite!!

Jennifer said...

I saw this in the same magazine and was going to attempt them this weekend. I am glad someone really made them and knows they turned out yummy!

Tiffany said...

Oh yummy! I love red velvet cake. I bet these are scrumptious!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I have never had red velvet cookies. I gotta try these.

Shanna said...

As I added the sugar, I started slowly and only wound up adding a 1 and a 1/4 cups of the sugar to the frosting. I think the cookies are MUCH better with the frosting than without.