That's a mouthful! Pun intended.
These are easy, incredibly tasty, and festive! And I'm sure you could translate the idea into other shapes for other occasions. I found the idea for these at bakerella.
All you need for the cake cookies is:
1 box red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
And all you need for the filling is:
1/2 Cup butter, at room temperature
1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1lb. package of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (clear if you want the filling pure white)
First you make the cookies. All you do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees, mix the ingredients until well combined, use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto a baking sheet about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, maybe even 14. I had a hard time figuring out if they were done or not. Red doesn't really "brown", exactly. So maybe try a toothpick? It was too late for me. I had to sort of salvage the situation last minute. Oh well.
Let them cool a few minutes and then take your cookie cutter (optional) and slightly wiggle it down onto the cookie (so you push the "scraps" away from the cookie).
Isn't the cookie cutter fun?! I got it at target in the seasonal section that came with several sizes of heart shaped cutters.
Now let them cool a bit more and make the filling.
In a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Then, very gradually add the sugar and continue to combine until it is smooth.
Now take your cooled cookie hearts and remove the scraps or outer edge of the cookies.
That leaves lots to nibble on! ;-)
Now you have your heart cookies. Take half of them and flip them over. Now you have the bottoms of your cookie sandwiches. Take a dollop of filling on a spoon (use your best judgment on amount) and place it on top of the upside down cookies.
...on top and there you have about 10 heart shaped red velvet cake cookies!
I ended up freezing mine for a "ice cream sandwich" type of dessert. But that was just because most of them were a hot mess because I was in a hurry to make it to dinner with some friends. I think they would be delish at room temperature.
I hope you enjoy these!