Monday, February 20, 2012

strawberry heart-shaped oreos

the goods:

1 package strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup shortening

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, and shortening. Roll dough into balls.

Place two balls next to each other and pinch the bottom to create a heart. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

My hearts came out a little round, so immediately after pulling them out of the oven, I used a spatula to push the sides flat a bit more. Immediately transfer to a rack to cool.

With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add sugar, one cup at a time, until creamy.

When cookies are cool, with an offset spatula, spread frosting onto back of one cookie side, and sandwich with a matching heart.

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