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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies Recipe

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Jillian Hatsumi
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 27 cookies 1x


Soft, thick, and slightly chewy red velvet sugar cookies slathered in rich, velvety cream cheese frosting. Welcome to cookie heaven.


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For the Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons, divided)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring (gel or liquid)

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles for decoration


1. Prep the Oven and Baking Sheet:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix Dry Ingredients:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

3. Cream Butter and Cream Cheese:

  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.

4. Add Wet Ingredients:

  • Mix in vegetable oil, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, and food coloring until well combined.

5. Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients:

  • Gradually mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

6. Shape and Sugar Coat the Cookies:

  • Form dough into golf ball-sized balls.
  • Roll in the remaining 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

7. Bake the Cookies:

  • Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart.
  • Flatten each ball to about 1/2″ thickness using a glass.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes.

8. Cool the Cookies:

  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

9. Make the Frosting:

  • Beat butter, cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla, and salt until fluffy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar.

10. Decorate and Serve:

  • Frost cooled cookies and add sprinkles.


  • Don’t overbake; cookies should be soft and slightly underdone for a chewy texture.
  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for smoother mixing.
  • Adjust the amount of food coloring depending on the desired color intensity.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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