Yeah, I baked. I know, right? How did I have the energy after all of our weekend excitement?
Well, it wasn’t my normal all-night extravaganza baking 7 different types of cookies, etc. But….. I still baked.
This year I stepped it down a notch and just went with three different cookies and didn’t even make that many of each. I’m calling it good enough and buying See’s Candy for everyone else. Now that’s good stuff. Ha ha.
So, yeah, we love cookies around here.
Sometimes it takes a little cookie bribery to keep the boys quiet during church.
When we got home, we hadn’t had enough cookies yet for the day so we made a batch of the Best PB2 Chocolate Chip Cookies
and then some Red Velvet Cookies.
These red velvet cookies are darn good and everyone loves them. I’m actually surprised I haven’t posted the recipe on the blog before. Silly me.
Well, it’s about time I do something right and make this post short and just give you the recipe for these cookies.
You just might want to make them to impress a few people this year.
Just so you know, these are very easy to make and easy on the wallet because there are only a few ingredients involved.
They are not, however, easy on the thighs, so consider yourself warned.
Impressive Red Velvet Cookies
1 8 oz. block of reduced fat cream cheese, softened a bit at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 box red velvet cake mix
1 container store bought cream cheese frosting (optional)
Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. (I use my Kitchen Aide standing mixer.)
Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat together.
Add the cake mix and continue to beat at slow speed until blended well.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (or stick in the freezer to chill for about 20 minutes). You just want the dough thick enough to be able to roll into balls.
Form dough into balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (Yes, your hands will turn red and it’s a bit messy and sticky.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should look like they aren’t quiet done when you take them out. They should be a little soft.
Cool for 3-5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to wire rack.
When cookies are completely cool, frost with fancy shmancy store bought cream cheese frosting.
And…… there you go.
If you don’t feel like living dangerously or spending the extra $2 for the cream cheese frosting, these cookies are still good without it.
But you know, everyone could use a little frosting during the holidays.
Everyone could also use a picture of Kitty and Harvey.
Dang, I better find that Harvey before I go to bed.
See you tomorrow.
I’m finally starting a few giveaways this week. Nothing like leaving them to the last minute. Just like my Christmas cards. I better pick those up tomorrow too.
What are your favorite cookies to bake?
Do you have certain things you bake every year for the holidays?