Red Velvet Cookies

Have you ever had Red Velvet Cookies? If you haven’t, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to finally make some.  They are rich and decadent and the red color makes them the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Can you believe these cookies came from a box?  I simply took a box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix and whipped up three different versions of cookies with the same mix.  Each of them have a slightly different taste, so depending on your preference, you can choose which one to make…or make all three like I did.

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The first version I made are Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies.  I simply took a small pieces of the Red Velvet Cookie Dough and rolled them into a ball shape.  Then rolled each cookie dough in some powdered sugar and then baked them on the cookie sheet.

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For the second version, I made Red Velvet Kiss Cookies like above (with powdered sugar) and then as soon as the cookies came out of the oven I added some Hershey’s Kisses to the top of each cookie.  You could make these without the powdered sugar if you prefer.

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To prevent the kiss from melting (and to keep it prettier) put the cookies in the fridge immediately after adding the kiss.  Since it is freezing cold at my house I put them in the garage until they were chilled.

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I used milk chocolate kisses instead of the flavored kisses because the Red Velvet flavor is pretty strong and I didn’t want to have two competing flavors…and everything tastes better with a little bit of milk chocolate…am I right?!

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For the third option, I simply rolled the cookie dough into small balls and then placed them onto a greased cookie sheet and baked them like normal.  Then after the cookies have cooled completely, I took two cookies and made a Red Velvet Sandwich Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Red Velvet Cookies

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix

2 eggs

1 tsp. lemon zest (optional)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. cornstarch

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cornstarch.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then added cooled melted butter, lemon zest and cake mix.  Mix by hand until combined.

Roll into 1-inch balls.  Roll each ball in the powdered sugar mixture then place on a prepared baking sheet about 2-inches apart.

Bake for 7-9 minutes until set.

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Which version of the Red Velvet Cookies will you make?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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