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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Soft, chewy, and so easy to make, these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are a sweet treat for all. The cookie base is made with only four simple ingredients and has a surprise cream cheese filling. Drizzle with creamy, melted cream cheese frosting as a final touch, and you’ve got a cookie recipe everyone will fall head over heels for!

Four red velvet cookies in a stack.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or really any day you’re looking for a dessert that’s just an extra touch of special! Soft, chewy cookies made with a boxed cake mix? It doesn’t get easier than this.

The extra touch of cream cheese filling and drizzle really makes these cookies an impressive display for any holiday or special occasion. What better Valentine’s Day gift than to share a batch of homemade cookies with the ones you love?!

Key Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • cream cheese: Cold and cubed.
  • powdered sugar: To make our filling sweet.
  • vanilla extract: To add warmth and flavor.

For the Cookies:

  • red velvet cake mix: We used Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Delights Red Velvet Cake Mix but you can use any boxed mix you like!
  • flour: Regular all-purpose for this recipe.
  • butter: Salted or unsalted, both work well for this recipe. Either way you’ll want the butter melted.
  • eggs: You’ll need 2 for the perfect cookie texture.
  • For the Optional Drizzle: cream cheese frosting:  We used Duncan Hines Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, melted. But any shelf stable tub variety will work!

How to Make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer, mix the cold cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until combined. This will become our cookie filling. Refrigerate until ready to use. The filling needs to be cold when stuffing the cookies.
  3. Now, in a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer (or elbow grease) to combine the red velvet cake mix, flour, melted butter, and eggs until just combined. Refrigerate for about 5-10 minutes until the dough is chilled.
  4. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out the dough and evenly space the scoops on the two baking sheets. Flatten each dough ball into a disc about the size of the palm of your hand and put 1 teaspoon of cream cheese filling in the center. Bring the dough up around the filling and roll it briefly in your hand to seal it together (reforming it into a ball).
  5. Arrange the red velvet dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes, or until they appear cracked and dry on the top and just starting to brown on the bottom. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to finish cooling completely.
  6. Once cooled, drizzle with the melted cream cheese frosting. You can serve these red velvet cake mix cookies chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make red velvet cake mix cookies.

Tips and Variations

  • This recipe can easily be doubled for a party, bake sale, or festive get together. Just double all of the ingredients and bake as directed (and in batches if necessary).
  • While chilling the cooking dough before scooping it out isn’t completely necessary, it does make forming the cookies into their proper shapes much easier. The dough will be thick and somewhat sticky so chilling it prior will definitely help.
  • Speaking of chilling, even if you choose not to chill the dough, chilling the filling is a must in terms of ease of handling! This will ensure the portions are even for each cookie and that the cookies will bake evenly. We use a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop the filling.
  • If you don’t happen to have butter on hand, try swapping half a cup of a neutral cooking oil instead.
  • The cream cheese drizzle is totally optional at the end but adds a beautiful touch for presentation and even more sweet flavor. When melting the frosting be sure to only melt it just enough to make it easy to stir and drizzle. If overheated, the oils in the frosting will begin to separate and leave you with quite a mess.
Two red velvet cake mix cookies stacked against each other.

Can you make extra filling to drizzle over the tops of the cookies?

The cream cheese mixture used in the filling is too thick and sticky to drizzle. Although, the consistency could be adjusted, so it could be used as a frosting and spread across the tops of the cookies.

On the flip side, the drizzle used on the tops of the cookies cannot be used to fill the centers. Once it gets warm, it turns to liquid. If the tub frosting gets too warm, it begins to separate into an oily mess. This wouldn’t work well for a cookie filling.

Storage 

Storage: You can store any leftover cookies in an airtight container on your counter for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Freezer: We don’t recommend freezing these red velvet cake mix cookies due to the two kinds of cream cheese. The texture changes a bit and tends to turn a little gummy as the cookies thaw.

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Yield: About 20 Cookies

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Red velvet cake mix cookie cut in half.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies - The cookie base is made with only four simple ingredients and has a surprise cream cheese filling. Drizzle with creamy, melted cream cheese frosting as a final touch.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cold and cubed
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cookies

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box red velvet cake mix
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Optional Drizzle

  • ½ cup cream cheese frosting, melted (shelf stable tub variety)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉, and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Use a hand mixer, mix the cold cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use; it needs to be cold when you stuff the cookies. 
  3. In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the cake mix, flour, melted butter, and eggs until just combined. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough. Flatten each dough ball into a disc about the size of the palm of your hand. Place it on the parchment paper and put 1 teaspoon of cream cheese filling in the center. Bring the dough up around the filling, and roll it briefly in your hand to seal it together. 
  5. Arrange the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until cookies appear cracked and dry on the top, and just starting to brown on the bottom. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool completely, then drizzle with the melted cream cheese frosting. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 
  7. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 cookies. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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