There are some people out there who frown on the idea of using pre-made ingredients in their baked goods. While it is true there is nothing like a homemade baked good coming out of the oven, and I am usually a from-scratch baker myself, I am far from one of these people. I see nothing wrong with a baker who is either unsure of their abilities or short on time using a boxed mix or pre made caramel from a jar or anything else similarly. Baking is about the passion you put into it, however simple or complex your recipe may be.
For this reason, this recipe really really excites me. These red velvet cake cookies not only suggest using a pre-made mix in them, they absolutely call for it. And truthfully you'd be hard pressed to find a from scratch cookie that would be better than these. (I was gleeful when some of the "all from scratch" blogs I follow couldn't even resist these).
These cookies are SUBLIME. Like absolutely out of this world. Think of a whoopie pie crossed with a soft cookie meeting somewhere in the middle (a place I'd like to call heaven), and don't forget the cream cheese frosting center. Also they were done in no time (thanks to the cake mix that is!). Basically this is just my new favorite recipe.
So if you're a baker of any level, you should make these cookies. And celebrate the fact that baking isn't necessarily always about crazy skills and time, but more about what you yourself put into it.
Red Velvet Cake Cookies
Servings: 12 sandwiches
For the Cookies:
1 box red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons flour
For the Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese softened
2 Tbsp butter softened
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all cookie ingredients in a bowl and mix until uniform. Scoop medium sized cookies onto baking sheets lined with either parchment paper or baking mats. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the tops looks cracked. Let cool on baking sheets on wire racks and in the mean time make the frosting. In an electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and beat to combine. With mixer on lowest setting add powdered sugar and beat until combined. When cookies are cooled scoop some frosting onto 12 cookies and top with the remaining 12, pressing slightly to adhere. Serve a enjoy. Just make sure you have some milk around. :)
Recipe adapted from: Let's Dish Recipes