Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spice Cookies with Nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting

1 box Spice Cake Mix
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup Shortening (I use butter-flavored)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take out the butter and cream cheese for the frosting and place on counter to soften while you make the cookies. In a large bowl, combine eggs, shortening, vanilla and spices; mix well. Pour in cake mix and mix well with a wooden spoon. Dough will be very stiff. Using a small cookie scooper (approx. 1-3/8" stainless steel scoop), form dough into balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes (you do not want the edges to be crispy). Let cookies cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a cooling rack.

1-8 ounce brick of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pound powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

Combine all ingredients together until smooth. Place frosting in a piping bag with a flower tip and starting at the center of each cookie make a spiral of frosting in the center. Sprinkle each cookie with nutmeg and let frosting set (approx 1 hour).

Makes approx. 48 cookies

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