Red Velvet Cookies

D&D_1651

Red Velvet Cookies

I took these photos with my phone. And I am, by no means,  a photographer. I leave that to the Man of the House – he is  slightly amazing. But I have to say I am not embarrassed by these, but that just means I’m lucky.

These cookies are beautiful* and that has, pretty much, nothing to do with me.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbs red food coloring
Sprinkles for decoration

8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/4 pound unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 pound confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar, salt and cocoa. With mixer on slow speed add to wet ingredients until just combined. Add red food coloring and beat in medium speed until uniform red color is achieved. It should be a deep red color.

Drop dough by tablespoons on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookies spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking rack, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

D&D_1648For the frosting, mix cream cheese, butter, lemon zest, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer until just combined. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Frost completely cooled cookies.

4 December 2010

16 January 2011

Source: SugarPies Food.

* I may be the queen of cocktail napkins. Even though, I don’t use them for actual cocktails.

 

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