Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
By Paula Deen
- Prep time: 25 minutes
- Cook time: 25 minutes
- Servings: 25
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 sticks room temperature, divided butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons divided vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1 lb softened cream cheese
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup finely chopped, optional pecans
Preheat oven to 375 °F.
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
Cream together 1/4 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Then beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Onto a parchment lined sheet tray, drop batter using an ice cream scoop, forming 2-inch round circles.
Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, 2 sticks butter and 1 teaspoon anilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
Spread the cream cheese frosting between 2 cooled cookies and roll the edges in finely chopped pecans, if desired.