Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

filed under: Sugar Cookies on April 18, 2012

I have been going Red Velvet crazy!

Ever since I made some red velvet sugar cookies my mind was working overtime coming up with different ways to use it.

There is, of course, my favorite, the Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake. But before I show you all the variations, let me share the recipe.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

I tried a few versions… adding apple cider vinegar and buttermilk and red-velvety type ingredients, but ultimately, this was the best tasting for me.  I did find that if I did want to add in the apple cider vinegar that the almond extract was a must!

I also found that the ACV variation tasted best with the Cream Cheese Buttercream, but that the cookie batter alone was not as delicious.

So, therefore, I am not sharing that recipe.  If you want to play around with it, I added 1 tsp vinegar and 1/4 cup cocoa and subtracted 1/4 cup flour.

So here is the full-on Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake.

This is a winner.  I would make this for any and every one.  It’s messy and delicious.

Next, I took my base red velvet cookie and added Cream Cheese frosting. (Don’t click that.  Seriously.  That is the greatest cream cheese frosting I have ever had and you will be forever ruined once you have tried it.  Just don’t click.)

I thought these would be perfect for Mother’s Day!

I could pipe out a bunch of different flowers on the cookies and give mom a red velvet cream cheese bouquet!

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins

Ever since I made some red velvet sugar cookies my mind was working overtime coming up with different ways to use it.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cup Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. red gel food coloring
  • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in 3 eggs and mix until combined.
  3. Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and red gel food coloring, then mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.

  5. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.

  6. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.

Then I made a cake.  But not any old cake.

A red velvet cookie cake with cream cheese ICE CREAM.

And then I cut into it and the whole cake nearly slipped off the plate and I was licking my fingers like crazy and holding a giant butcher knife and I decided there had to be a better way.

So I made these.

These amazing cookies are a MUST try!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwichs.  These are my favorite.  I may have even drizzled melted chocolate over the top and added sprinkles to this already decadent treat.

And why does this picture look all funny?  I took it with my phone.  Using Instagram to be more specific!

Needless to say, I am more than smitten with the Red Velvet Sugar Cookie.

But I think I will now try to go 24 hours without eating one.  It will be hard, but I feel its necessary for the sake my poor, unsophisticated palate.

If someone invents decaf red velvet mocha coffee I am so screwed.

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  • Santresa says:

    Great way to spin a traditional southern dessert! The Red Velvet Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwich’s are a must try. Thanks for sharing with us. You are so creative!

  • Mariel T says:

    Oh you always inspire me for the holidays. I may have to have my first attempt at red velvet this mothers day.

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    They all look like wonderful treats, I LOVE ice cream cake and my family asks me to make it all the time, I never tire of it…oh I’ll have to try adding some red velvet to it, it looks so pretty!

  • Nicole {Sweet Peony} says:

    Ooooh red velvet sugar cookies!! These look fantastic!!!! 🙂

  • Zombiecakes says:

    I am SO trying this recipe. Thanks you for posting this, and as always, it looks delicious. :>

  • Pru @ Perfecting Pru says:

    I could eat it all! Everything looks so great, and the ice cream cake with sprinkles? Yum!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love the ones with ice cream!

  • Morgan {Confections from the Cody Kitchen} says:

    LOVE these!! Would you mind if I featured them in my Friday Links post (credited and linked back to you of course) as something that made it on my To-Bake list??

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, that sounds fine. Thank you so much for thinking of me Morgan! 🙂

      • Morgan {Confections from the Cody Kitchen} says:

        Thanks Amanda!

  • Fernanda says:

    How did you make the flowers on the cookies??? They are soooo beautiful!!!
    What icing tip did you use????

    • Amanda says:

      I used a #104 tip and a 1M tip for the rose. 🙂

  • Carla (Carlas Confections) says:

    Yum! I want to try all of those! Red Velvet is simply the best! I must agree! Red Velvet Mocha would be AMAZING!!!!! 🙂

  • Alessandra says:

    Just beautiful!! I love your creations, can I pin some of your photos?

    let me know, you can find me here


    • Amanda says:

      Yes, thank you for asking Alessandra! 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Oh my gosh that cake!! Actually I want it all…

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love says:

    Your photos and recipes are amazing!!! the red velvet cookie cake with cream cheese ICE CREAM will by the perfect dessert for my birthday!

  • Sarah says:

    I think this might be my new favorite food blog! Yum! I love red velvet, can’t wait to try these cookies! 🙂

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Geez oh Pete, woman!!! Do you EVER sleep?!?

    Love. Every. One.

    I will eat red velvet on a train. I will eat red velvet in the rain. I will eat red velvet with a mouse. I will eat red velvet in a house. OK…I’ll stop.

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    You’re creativity knows no limits! You’re talent is astounding to me!

  • Kristina Vanni says:

    These look delicious. So many ways to use them – what a great recipe to have on hand!

  • marisa says:

    how do you make the red velvet sugar cookies for the ice cream sandwich?

  • jess says:

    Lmbo! Love the comment u made about the decaf red velvet mocha! As a nursing mom, I am so with u on this! Lol!

  • Barbara says:

    One word, Amanda: perfection.
    In taste, fun and presentation.

  • Linda says:

    Hi, I’ve been a “silent” follower for a while but I just tried these cookies and had to comment! These were sooooo good!! I loved that they were soft and the flavor was really yummy! thanks for such a great recipe!!

    • Amanda says:

      YAY!! I am so glad you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself. Hope to get to know you better now! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Love this post and am definitely going to be making the ice cream sandwiches for my red-velvet-loving sister’s birthday in August. I do want to ask, though…the cream cheese frosting flowers in the picture above the cake, how did you do those?! What tip/technique? I think it’s gorgeous and would love to do that on a cupcake, so if you wouldn’t mind sharing, I would really appreciate it!

  • Rima says:

    oh dear, i’m in velvet land. thank you so much for this. definitely bookmarking this!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    First off, I absolutely love this recipe! I am trying it right now in order to gift these cookies to some very deserving friends. My only issue that I’m stumbling on is that it isn’t forming dough really well at the end, it’s almost like a thick cake batter.

    Any advice? I’ll clearly have to redo the recipe, I’m sure.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh dear! I have never had that issue! I would maybe try some more flour, but be sure to taste test after every addition… and then let me know!

  • Geoluhread says:

    I don’t usually leave comments on recipes, but these cookies are too good not to!
    They are amazing, crunchy on the edges, soft and yummy from the inside, very easy to bake

    They taste amazing, that my family finished the first batch before the second even got out of the oven!

    • Amanda says:

      So happy to hear! 🙂