Red Velvet Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 20 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine the first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes, until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating well.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  • Beat in food coloring and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Beat at low speed until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed.
  • Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 3 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Spread dough to 3-inch rounds.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are set; cool on baking sheets 5 minutes.
  • Remove to wire racks, and cool completely.
  • Crumble 1 cookie into fine crumbs to use as garnish.
  • Make frosting--beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 minute, until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons cream cheese frosting onto each cookie; sprinkle with crumbs.
  • Store cookies in refrigerator up to 5 days.
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