These red velvet sugar cookies will make your day! Soft & tender, fun & brightly colored, with a hint of cocoa & a slight cream cheese tang.
Place the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until smooth (about 1 minute).
Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and food coloring and mix on medium speed until combined.
Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt.
Mix on medium-low speed until a stiff dough forms (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
Roll the dough to 3/16-inch thick (rolling pin rings ensure an even and exact thickness) between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut shapes with a 3-inch heart cookie cutter.
Peel the shapes from the bottom layer of parchment, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until set around the edges but still a little soft towards the center.
Cool completely, then frost with royal icing.
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