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!

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Ever since I made some red velvet sugar cookies my mind was working overtime coming up with different ways to use it.


  • 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


  • In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in 3 eggs and mix until combined.
  • Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and red gel food coloring, then mix thoroughly.
  • 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.
  • I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.
  • 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.

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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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

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

  2. 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??

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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