ChamoritaMomma’s Red Velvet Cookies

Ahhh, Red Velvet Cookies!  What a delectable treat for the upcoming holidays, but of course, you don’t have to have a holiday to make these beautiful cookies.  Give these cookies a try and see why they’re a favorite in my home.

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1 (8 oz.) pkg. Cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Butter, softened (1 stick)
1 Egg
1 Tbsp. Vanilla paste OR extract
1 (18 oz.) box Red velvet cake mix
1/2 – 3/4 cup White chocolate chips, optional
Powdered sugar, for rolling and dusting

 

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and butter; beat until smooth and creamy.

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Add in the egg and mix to combine well.  Beat about 2 – 3 minutes.

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Add the vanilla paste or extract, mix well.

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Once the mixture is combined, and it’s smooth and creamy; add the dry cake mix and the optional white chocolate chips.

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Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm. This is so that you can roll the dough into balls. If you’d like, you can also chill dough overnight.

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When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Using a cookie scooper, roll the chilled dough into walnut sized balls and then roll them in powdered sugar.  NOTE:  Rolling the cookie dough WILL stain your hands because of the food coloring in the cake mix.

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Place onto a very lightly greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes, depending on your oven.

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The cookies should be somewhat soft and gooey.   Cool completely!

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VARIATIONS:  To make these even richer, you can top the cookies with cream cheese frosting OR make a sandwich of cream cheese frosting between 2 of the cookies, Mmmm!

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