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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies:
Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies are a combination of two favorites: an easy sugar cookie recipe and red velvet cake. And red velvet is in reality a variation of chocolate but with a unique deep red or red-brown color.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with The Cookie Elf

This is a gorgeous cookie for holidays, Valentine’s Day, and parties. And here’s a little secret: it’s is incredibly easy and quick to make! Just 4 ingredients (one of them is a cake mix) allow you to mix the cookie dough fast. And you can swish together the glaze while the cookies cool.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 8-10 minutes

Makes about 3 – 3 ½ dozen cookies



1 box (16 ounces) red velvet cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

White decorator sugar or granulated sugar


1 cup powdered sugar

1-3 tablespoons milk or water

Directions for Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Place cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the ingredients until all the dry mix has been absorbed, scraping the bowl regularly.
  3. Place the decorator sugar (or granulated sugar) in a shallow dish or on a plate.
  4. Form the dough into round, scant 1-inch balls in a consistent size, using a tiny scoop, small kitchen teaspoon, or a measuring teaspoon. Roll each ball in decorator sugar. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, one baking sheet at a time, until cookies are set. Cookies will puff up slightly and surfaces will appear crinkled. Do not over bake.
  6. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit for 2-3 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely to allow cookies to set, about 30 minutes.
  7. While cookies cool, make the glaze. Use a spoon to combine together powdered sugar, and milk or water. Add additional milk or water 1 teaspoon at a time to get the right consistency. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container using waxed paper or parchment paper to separate layers.

Special Baking Tips for Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

If formed cookie balls dry out before you roll them in sugar, spray the surfaces with vegetable spray which will allow decorator sugar to adhere evenly.

Save mess. Mix the glaze in the same cup you use to measure the powdered sugar. Simply add the milk or water to the cup and swirl with a spoon.

See some fun cookie trivia about Red Velvet Cookies.

See more on our Red Velvet Cookies Pinterest board.

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