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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Crafts {day 4}

Here's the second Christmas cookie recipe I whipped up this year. 
Surprisingly, these really aren't as infectiously sweet as they look.
{don't let all that sugar on top fool you}

But they're pretty delicious, especially if {like us!} red velvet is a cake staple at your house.

8oz of cream cheese {softened}
1/2 cup butter {melted}
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (18-ounce) box red velvet cake mix
Powdered sugar for rolling/dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degree.
In a large bowl mix the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

 Beat in egg, vanilla, and cake mix. 
{yes, this red dough will stain everything, including your hands for a short time}

Cover the dough and stick in the fridge for a couple of hours.
This will firm it up so you can shape the cookies.

Form dough balls with the cookie dough. 
Mine are somewhere between a tablespoon size and a golf ball...
 Then roll the sticky dough ball in a bowl of powdered sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

{tip: Discovered that the first layer of powdered sugar kind of gets soaked into the dough. So after I finished a tray, I went back and rerolled each of the dough balls again. Worked like a charm.}

Bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will be soft and a bit gooey. 

After they come out of the oven, I like to sprinkle just a bit more powdered sugar on top. 

{hey guys, try not to stick your cookies on top of each other like I apparently did with this batch...}

I think these cookies almost have a moist cake like taste to them. 
Mmmmmmm. Enjoy!

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