Red Velvet Cookies

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I love the holiday time  – but it can get very stressful, because there is so much to do, and so little time. Just today my husband was asking when the rest of the holiday decorations will be up – and I don’t know!

It is on my list, but there are other things that need to happen first. So I am always looking for ways to reduce stress and save time during the holidays, which is why I love these easy to make cake mix Red Velvet Cookies.

These cookies are a perfect “better than the box” dessert, because they are made with Red Velvet cake mix as a base and a few simple ingredients. Instead of dragging out the sugar, flour and baking powder I simply poured a box of Red Velvet cake mix in a bowl, added some oil and vanilla along with an egg and my cookies were ready to bake in less than 5 minutes.

Red chocolate balls on a baking sheet.

Even better the cookies are simple enough for kids to help make. Kids love to roll the dough into balls – and to eat the finished product.

Red velvet cookies on a cooling rack.

To make the cookies even more festive I drizzled some white chocolate on top after they were done and topped them with crushed peppermint candies. The combination of the red cookies with the green peppermint candies is perfect for the Christmas season.

Red velvet cookies with white icing on a cooling rack.

Find even more Red Velvet dessert recipes! Try Red Velvet Brownies, Red Velvet Pound Cake, or Instant Pot Red Velvet Cheesecake.

red velvet cookies
5 from 2 votes

Red Velvet Cookies

Published By Anne
These festive red velvet cookies are perfect for Christmas or Valentine's Day. Starting with a boxed cake mix makes it quick and easy.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Servings: 24
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Chocolate topping

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 5 crushed peppermint candies


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Mix the cake mix, oil, egg and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.
    1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix, 1/2 cup cooking oil, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Roll the dough into balls 1 inch in diameter and put on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, until browned on the bottom.
  • Let cookies cool on a wire rack.
  • Heat the chocolate chips in a ziploc bag in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time until melted.
    1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Cut off a corner of the bag and drizzle the white chocolate on the cookies.
  • Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on the chocolate.
    5 crushed peppermint candies


Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 152mg | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Red velvet cookies on a white plate.

Cookies Make the Perfect Gift

I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.

Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!


Hi, I’m Anne!

I love to cook and I want to share my recipes with you. I believe cooking should be approachable and fun, not a chore. I want to make simple recipes using everyday ingredients that you can make again and again, whether it is for a busy weeknight, a summer cookout or a special dessert. Read more...

3 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cookies”

  1. These are my favorite type of cookies to make! 🙂 I never thought to put frosting on, I will try this out!

  2. Red Velvet is my favourite so I’m definitely going to have to try these. I love that they are the perfect colour for the holidays too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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