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Red Velvet Christmas Cookies

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(Original story published on Wednesday December 24th, 2014 on FoodNetwork.ca.)

From sugar cookies to gingerbread men, the holiday season is probably the best time of year to get your sugar fix. Although I’m a huge fan of the typical festive biscuits served at Christmas events, I decided to try my hand at something new this year with these soft and sweet red velvet cookies. Sprinkled with sugar or covered with frosting, these creamy, rich cookies are great however you choose to top them.

What you need (for the cookies):
2 1/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (or one small contained) of cream cheese
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 Tablespoon red liquid food colouring
1/3 cup powdered sugar

What you need (for the glaze):
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

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2. In a large bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until smooth, then beat in the egg and the food colouring.

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3. Working in batches, add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the cream cheese mixture, mixing until dough forms.

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4. Form into a disc, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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5. Meanwhile, you can prep the toppings. In a shallow bowl, pour in the confectioners sugar. You will be rolling half the cookies in it. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the frosting (confectioners sugar, milk. corn syrup and vanilla extract). You will be dipping half of the cookies in it.

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6. When the dough has been refrigerated for 2 hours, preheat the oven to 350°F, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet. Roll half of the balls into the confectioners sugar, then bake for 12-15 minutes.

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7. While they’re still warm, dip the tops of the plain cookies into the frosting. This will ensure the frosting will look smooth.

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8. Working one by one, apply the sprinkles to each cookie as soon as it has been dipped in the frosting, to ensure the sprinkles will stick.

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And you’ll be left with a pretty collection of red velvet cookies.

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Enjoy!

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