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Christmas Red Velvet Cookies

Two things I love about these cookies, their red color and their exquisite lemon cheese taste. Those Sablés were in fact chosen by my 2 and a half year old daughter who was very excited to help me prepare them and she actually did a great job shaping few. Here’s the recipe, enjoy it with your loved ones this Christmas season. Credits of the below and above photos goes to the talented Food Photographer Omar Frangieh.

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Christmas Red Velvet Cookies

Servings 12-15
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 13 minutes
Total time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Occasion Christmas
Cuisine French
From book Sables Maison, Marabout

Ingredients

  • 250g Flour
  • 125g Butter
  • 100g Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Red Food Color
  • 1 Lemon Zest
  • Pinch of Salt

Cream

  • 200g Cheese (Philadelphia or St-Moret)
  • 100g Powder Sugar
  • 80g Butter

Directions

In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, lemon zest and the sugar together
Add the cubes of butter and using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. This Technique is called in french "Sabler la pate".
Sabler
Add the egg and the liquid food color and mix until a dough forms.
Red Dough
Roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm/¼in. Cover with a film and place in the fridge for about an hour.
Preheat the over to 180C.
Remove from the fridge and cut out shapes of your preference. I personally used stars, trees and snowman. Place all the cookies on a baking tray.
Cut Out Shapes
Bake for about 10-13 minutes
Cream
In a bowl, beat the butter until they become smooth and homogenous. Do the same with the cream cheese.
Mix the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar slowly while mixing. Beat for 2 minutes. I personally added few drops of Lemon juice to give a more lemony taste. Beat on high for 2 full minutes.
Cream Mixture
Fill a sleeve pocket with the cream mixture, then add a small portion unto every biscuit that should be filled.
Cover with another biscuit and press gently.
Cookies filling

Bon Appétit!