Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 

It's holiday time, folks. As if we didn't get enough of it around December, eh? Time to actually make some of those Valentine's Day Pinterest dessert recipes!  I love Valentine's Day. When I was a wee little blondie in grade school, I loved making the bright pink and red Valentine's cards and decorations. I loved making our Valentine's "mailboxes" and reading a-little-too-much into the messages I received on the traditional candy hearts. "He says he 'loves me'!" Yep. Right. I can't wait until my little man grows up and we can do these things together.

Yesterday, I made these little lovers just in time for the holiday. Ryan loves cream cheese - I could spread cream cheese frosting on anything edible and he'd eat it. Luckily, these red velvet cookies were fabulous, and oh-so-easy! I couldn't believe it - I've never used cake mix to make cookies, and I'm glad I did. You could honestly use this same recipe, and substitute the cake mix box with devil's food cake, strawberry cake mix, lemon, or any flavor! Oh what fun we could have with these little heaven-filled cookies. 

For the frosting, though, it came out a little thin, so I added about 3/4 cup more powdered sugar to get my desired consistency. I used my piping bag with a 1/4 inch tip to pipe the frosting between the cookies. While some of the cookies were still freshly-frosted, I rolled them in heart sprinkles to be extra festive. I also made the cookies much smaller than the recipe called for. That way we could have more little-bite-sized cookies versus only 15 or so big ones. 

"Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling
1 (18.25 oz.) box red velvet cake mix (I used Moist Supreme)
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil, it came out a little salty, but mostly fine)
2 tablespoons flour

4 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar (I ended up using almost 3 full cups, I like my frosting stiff)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To make cookies, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and flour.  Scoop onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until tops look cracked.  Cool completely.  Meanwhile, make the filling by beating the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.  Mix in milk and vanilla, then beat in powdered sugar until smooth.  Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling in the center of a cookie.  Top with a second cookie and press together until the filling reaches the edges of the cookies.  Makes about 15 sandwiches."

Adapted Recipe Source: Let's Dish (I love love love this website. She had fantastic recipes!). Original recipe by the wonderful Paula Deen.

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