Gingered Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

More baking for the Winter 2022 Patreon boxes. 🙂 Kid-approved!

Gingered Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

(makes about 60 small cookies)

These luscious little bites work equally well for Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

Original recipe, modified a bit, from OMG Chocolate Desserts:

4 T butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
red food coloring
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. granulated sugar
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge)
2 t. baking powder
1 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. salt

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

2. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth; beat in egg and as much food coloring as desired.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir until the dough comes together smoothly; cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for an hour (or longer).

4. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and place powdered sugar in a small bowl.

5. Roll about 1 T dough each into small, firm balls, then roll balls in powdered sugar (shake off excess sugar).

6. Bake 12-14 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are set; they will still be a little soft. Carefully transfer cookies to racks and allow to cool completely.

NOTE: Store in an airtight container for up to three days, or wrap each cookie individually in plastic wrap and freeze for longer storage.

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