Strawberry Valentine Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Here’s a quick and fun cookie that’s great for Valentine’s day (or any other day, really) made with a box of cake mix and an easy-to-do cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Valentine Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
From Espresso and Cream blog

Ingredients:

For cookies:
1 box of strawberry-flavored cake mix
1 large egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 to 1/3 cup water (start with 1/4 cup and add the extra if needed)

For Frosting:
8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature (I used low-fat)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 drops red food coloring
Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a cookie sheet, line with parchment paper, or use a Silpat.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, oil and water. Stir by hand until ingredients are evenly combined. Scoop dough by tablespoon portions and roll between your hands to make a smooth ball. Set on a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 13 to 16 minutes, until slightly crackled on top and just lightly golden around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, milk and red food coloring. Continue to beat until smooth.

Spread frosting atop of cooled cookies and garnish with pink sprinkles if desired.

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