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


Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

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


  • The Joy of Holiday Baking: Peppermint, Salted Caramel, Cranberry, Kahlua, Mint Chocolate, and Gingerbread | Hungry Meets Healthy: […] Red Velvet Sugar Cookies – how gorgeous are these? […] December 11, 2013 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Vanessa Rivera: I left a comment earlier, but guess it did not go through. I cannot wait to make these! They are being added to the 19 desserts I am already making for Christmas. Looks like this will be #20! They are just too pretty not to make! I am also making your black forest cheesecake cupcakes =) I love your blog! December 11, 2013 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you love my blog Vanessa! I hope you love the desserts! December 11, 2013 at 6:47pm Reply

  • Courtney: Does the frosting harden? December 11, 2013 at 3:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No this a soft and smooth frosting and because of the cream cheese it won’t harden much at all. December 11, 2013 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Vanessa Rivera: Well….looks like you did it to me again! I had my dessert list done for Thanksgiving and you posted the Mississippi Mud Pie, so I had to revise it. Now, I have my Christmas list done and now I MUST add these cookies to it! Haha! I am baking 19 desserts! I may not revise it and just add this to make 20! Thanks for the great recipes! December 11, 2013 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: Oh, my! These look absolutely lovely! One question i have is, given the cream cheese in the frosting, must the cookies be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature? Thank you! December 11, 2013 at 2:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just stored mine at room temperature but the fridge might be the safest option, who knows :). December 11, 2013 at 3:24pm Reply

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade: I love red velvet with cream cheese icing – so festive! December 11, 2013 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: You have so many gorgeous red cookie recipes! And each looks better than the next :) December 11, 2013 at 2:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie! December 11, 2013 at 3:24pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn, your red velvet sugar cookies look incredible! I played around with red velvet today in the kitchen. Shooting red velvet is so hard for me! It always looks too pink or too brown. Oh well, at least they are delicious.

    Your red velvet cookies always look perfect. Pinning these holiday beauties! December 11, 2013 at 2:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Sally! December 11, 2013 at 3:24pm Reply

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