Monday, January 21, 2013

Strawberry Valentine Sandwich Cookies

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 Anyone thinking about Valentine's Day yet?

I know right. Christmas just got over and now another holiday!?

I actually really like Valentine's anyway.  We keep it pretty low key around our house which is why I probably enjoy it.

We always have crepes for breakfast (I know super healthy right--but hey we love them), my parents get them a little surprise goody bag, and we make them homemade valentines cards that they get at dinner with a fancy table that is decorated just for them.

I use to try and make a really fun dessert but I gave them up several years ago.  Nobody cares too much since I have been making valentines treats for at least a month before the holiday.  Like these fun cookies.  They are super, super, super easy, pink (which is perfect for Valentines) and every kid loves a sandwich cookie. It's two cookies in one and so delicious!

Strawberry Valentine Sandwich Cookie

(click here for printable version)

1 package of strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup of shortening

4 oz. cream cheese
3 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cake mix, eggs, and shortening (and yes it needs to be shortening, butter and margerine, don't work well at all) together. The dough will be stiff, but mix until the ingredients are completely incorporated.

2. Roll into balls of equal size (a small scoop works great for this), place on greased cookie sheet (or use your silpat liner), and bake for 8 minutes. Immediately transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

3. To make the frosting, combine cream cheese and butter and whip with hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in vanilla.  Slowly add in powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency and is smooth and creamy.

4. To assemble, put a dollop of frosting on the bottom of one cookie and top with another one that is the same size. Repeat with remaining cookies. Makes about 12-15 sandwich cookies.  Enjoy!

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