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Serves 24 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
½ cup (125 ml) light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp (10 ml) red food colouring (optional)
2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla extract
2 tsp (10 ml) white vinegar
2 ⅔ cups (650 ml) flour
¼ cup (60 ml) cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
½ tsp salt
Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
½ cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (250 ml) cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
3 cups (750 ml) icing sugar*


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream butter and sugars until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, red food dye (if using), vanilla and vinegar. Beat to combine.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and, using a spatula, mix together to form a dough. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make Cream Cheese Frosting.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll into 1-in (2.5 cm) sized balls (roughly the size of a golf ball). Place 6 to 8 dough balls on baking sheet evenly spaced apart. Bake until cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove and place on a wire cooling rack. Repeat this step until all cookies are done. Allow to cool completely before icing.
  5. To assemble, using a piping bag or zip-top bag, cut tip of bag to release icing. Place a tablespoon-sized dollop of icing onto 1 cookie bottom. Using another cookie (flat side), press against the icing to create a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  6. To make cream cheese frosting, In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream together butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt. Add icing sugar 1 cup (250 ml) at a time, waiting until sugar is completely mixed in before adding more. Place into a piping bag or zip-top bag and refrigerate until ready to use.
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