1 pouch (1 lb. 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
5 oz. cream cheese, softened (from 8 oz. package)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting (from 16 oz. container)

Mix together cookie mix, egg and flour. Add 2 oz. cream cheese (reserve remaining 3 oz. cream cheese), 2 tablespoons butter and almond extract; blend. Shape dough into 12x13-inch heart on large ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Cool on cookie sheet 20 minutes. Carefully remove to cooling rack. Cool completely. Beat powdered sugar, 3 oz. cream cheese, remaining butter and cherry juice with electric mixer on low speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in maraschino cherries. Spread over cooled cookie. Spoon chocolate frosting, reserving 2 tablespoons, into decorating bag, with small star tip; pipe around edges of cookie. Using reserved frosting, pipe message on top of cookie.
(Recipe by Betty Crocker)


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