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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies are a roll and cut cookie with the classic red color and delicious red velvet flavor. Topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting, these cookies are always a win!
Course Dessert
Cuisine amercian
Keyword red velvet sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 158kcal
Author Karli Bitner


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • red food coloring gel is best
  • 1 batch Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for a full 3 minutes.
  • Scrape sides and add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour, cocoa and baking powder to the bowl. Mix slowly at first gradually getting faster until the dough comes together. The texture should be like Playdoh. Add a little flour or water if needed to get it to a soft, pliable consistency.
  • Add in red food coloring until the dough has a brilliant red color. 
  • Turn out onto a floured surface. Use a rolling pin and roll until about 1/4 inch thick. (The cookies will not rise while baking, they will not get thinner while baking. Roll out to your desired FINISHED thickness.) (I suggest rolling onto floured parchment paper to make sure we don't turn any counter tops red!)
  • Use cookie cutters and cut out desired shapes. Transfer the cookies to a silicone lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until the centers are puffy and no longer glossy. Pull the cookies out of the oven BEFORE they start turning brown. If they turn brown, the cookie will be dry and 'crackery' instead of soft and chewy.
  • Frost with cream cheese frosting once cooled.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg