Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

These Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches are moist, chewy and taste just like red velvet in cookie form. They are filled with a delicious cream cheese icing and sprinkled with festive Christmas sprinkles – perfect for your holiday cookie tray or handing out to neighbors and friends! They’d even be great for other holidays – like Valentine’s Day or 4th of July – just switch out the sprinkles and you’ve got a holiday-appropriate treat. 🙂

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!
Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!

I just love long weekends, don’t you? It was so nice to relax a little bit. I did a little shopping, trying to get some Christmas stuff done. I didn’t accomplish too much, but I did get some cute new Christmas ornaments and pieces for our nativity scene. We got delayed on getting our Christmas tree, which happened last year too, and we finally got it up last night. Our living room no longer looks like Christmas boxes just exploded everywhere.

My mom gave me a bunch of old Christmas decorations that she didn’t want anymore, so I’m excited to try some different things with my decorations this year. I’ve got all kind of trinkets and things I remember from growing up, so I’m excited to switch it up and see where it all ends up.

I’ve been pretty into switching things up lately. We painted the living room and now I’m ready to change out the rug and throw pillows and add curtains. And I finally just want to decorate the house a little more thoroughly. We’ve lived in it for 4 years. I think it’s time. Some rooms don’t even have anything on the walls.

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!
Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!

We actually had a pool/ping pong table in our not-so-formal formal living room until recently. It’s my sister’s and she’d moved out of her house for a while so we were using it. Since my blogging stuff (props, photography setup, etc) has started to take over the dinning room and it’s almost unrecognizable as such a room, we returned the pool table and decided to turn the formal living room into my office.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to get that set up! Oh the things I can do with the space!

I am most excited to get some kind of shelving to put all my plates, cake stands and other props on. Not only will it finally be organized, but I think it’s all beautiful stuff. Even when all mixed and matched, I love how they all look together. Art in it’s own way. 🙂

And finally the dining room will no longer look my blog exploded all over it. A clean dining room and new office will be my Christmas present to myself.

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!
Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!

And if you can’t gift an office, these Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches would totally make a fun little Christmas cookie to gift to someone. You could easily wrap them up in a cute bag or put them on a plate and share at a party or hand them out. Who doesn’t love a good, edible treat? The best gifts are edible, in my opinion.

They are so easy to make too. I love that about cookies. And they’re so festive with the sprinkles. Sprinkles make me happy.

I added a pudding mix to the batter, though that could be optional if you don’t like to use pudding mix or don’t have access to it. Without it, the recipe won’t really change, but with it the cookies are extra soft and stay moist for days and days. It actually helps make these great cookies for mailing. They are pretty sturdy when sandwiched together and should be good in the mail for a couple days.

And cream cheese icing? Well, it’s the perfect match for red velvet, don’t you agree?

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches - with cream cheese icing! Made a pudding mix so they are super moist and chewy!

Be sure to check back on the blog later today too – I’ve got a great giveaway that will be posted soon!

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

Yield: about 18 cookie sandwiches

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cookies
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp red food color (less than 1 ounce)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 3.4oz package dry instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 tsp milk

Cream Cheese Icing
6 oz cream cheese
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp shortening
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Mix in egg, vanilla extract, vinegar and red food color.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, dry pudding mix and cocoa powder.
5. Add milk, if needed. Dough will be thick.
6. Make balls of about 1 tbsp and then flatten a bit into thick discs and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, or use a silicon baking mat. They will spread a little while they bake.
7. Bake for about 7-8 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
9. While cookies cool, make icing. Beat the cream cheese, butter and shortening until smooth.
10. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
11. Mix in the vanilla extract.
12. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add water or milk until it's the right consistency.
13. Once cookies are cool, make cookie sandwiches and sprinkle with sprinkles.
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Enjoy!

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