Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cherry Cordial Cake Mix Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I really wanted to do make a fun and new Valentine's Day treat this year so I came up with these babies! I've secretly always liked Cherry Cordials and one V-Day my parent's gave us a box of, I don't know maybe 40 cordials, and I ate the entire thing in a week. Needless to say I about died from a sugar overdose and will never be doing that again.
Anyway, I have always loved the flavor pairing of cherry and chocolate, but never really loved the mushy cherry in the center of the cordials. Enter these cookies! You've got the cherry, chocolate and "fondant" flavor mixed into one cookie.
Cake cookies are some of my favorite, too, because they are easy to make and stay so moist for days...if they last that long that is. So if you love cherry and chocolate as much as I do, make these cookies for yourself or someone who does!
Cherry Cordial Cake Mix Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 40 Cookies
For the Cookies
1 (15.25 oz.) box Cherry Chip cake mix (Betty Crocker)
1 (15.25 oz.) box Devil's Food cake mix (any brand)
2/3 cup oil, divided
4 eggs

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl combine Cherry Chip cake mix, 1/3 cup oil and 2 eggs. Stir well with a spoon or spatula (however, your hands works best). Using a cookie scoop, scoop out 1-inch balls of dough and set on a piece of parchment paper. Cut each ball of dough in half and set aside.
3. Repeat Step 2 with Devil's Food cake mix, remaining oil and eggs.
4. To make each cookie, take 1 half of the Devil's Food cake mix dough and 1 half of the Cherry Chip cake mix dough, press together and roll into a ball. Repeat until all of the dough is used.
5. Place each formed cherry/chocolate ball onto a baking sheet, 2 inches a part, and flatten them with the bottom of a flour-dipped glass.
6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden. (The cookies will look fluffy and not done, but they will shrink and crisp up once taken out of the oven.)
7. Let cool for 1 minute in the baking sheet and then place onto a cooling rack. Let cookies completely cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk, more if needed

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar and milk, mixing until smooth. Add more milk if needed.

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