Red Velvet Sugar Cookies


I know, I know, I get crazy with red velvet when Christmas or Valentines rolls around. I just can’t help it. It’s so festive and it tastes so good. My list of red velvet baked goods will be never ending. The one that I’ve yet to try making is red velvet ice cream. I’ve bought it before but haven’t made it at home yet. One of these days. There’s no rush though, now that I’ve added these Red Velvet Sugar Cookies to my list of red velvet treats.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Cooking Classy

I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe for this and tweaked it slightly to give it those traditional red velvet flavors we all love. It didn’t take much, all I did was swap out some of the cake flour with cocoa powder, replace the almond extract with lemon juice (to imitate the light tang of buttermilk in red velvet) then of course I added some red color and replaced the vanilla frosting with a cream cheese frosting.

These soft and decadent cookies should definitely make your holiday baking list this year. Enjoy!


Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Cooking Classy

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Cooking Classy

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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Yield: About 16 cookies



  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetned cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • Red food coloring*

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened (I used salted)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder and salt until well blended, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip butter, shortening and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg, then mix in egg white, vanilla, lemon juice and food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  2. Shape dough into about 3 Tbsp balls and transfer to Silpat lined baking sheets. Evenly flatten balls with greased hands to about 1/2-inch. Bake in preheated oven 9 - 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract followed by powdered sugar and blend until well combined and fluffy.
  5. *I used 1 tsp or red gel food coloring and 1 tsp red liquid food coloring.
  6. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Brittany | HeyFlavor: I was looking for a Christmas cookie recipes for my jobs Christmas party bake off and came across this recipe! These red velvet cookies look simple to make and very delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe! Looking forward to making these for the party! December 6, 2018 at 6:23pm Reply

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  • Cheryl: I haven’t tried these yet, but am planning to do so for the holidays. Do they freeze well? Thanks! October 24, 2018 at 5:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried myself but they should freeze okay without the frosting. November 17, 2018 at 12:58pm Reply

  • Danielle: This is my second year in a row making these cookies for Christmas and they are a HIT. Seriously so good! Highly recommend you make them! January 24, 2017 at 11:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you love them Danielle! January 25, 2017 at 10:09am Reply

  • Maria: Can u freeze them? And how long can i keep them in fridge? December 14, 2016 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Sue Leroy: can you freeze ? December 10, 2016 at 7:07pm Reply

  • Sue Leroy: forgot my other question , as i just made them, i would like to try again to perfect.
    how should they feel or look when taken out of the oven?tnx again

    sue December 10, 2016 at 7:06pm Reply

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