Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Who doesn’t want a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day? Skip the traditional box of chocolates and surprise your loved ones with cookies instead! We’ve already shared Heart-Shaped Cookie Bars, but if you’re not a fan of cookie bars or if you’re looking for something for a frosting-lover, then today’s recipe for Red Velvet Sugar Cookies is for you!

First of all, these cookies are red – perfect for Valentine’s Day. And they’re not just red, they’re red velvet – so they are a little bit more decadent than your typical sugar cookie. And, of course, they are sugar cookies, so you can cut them into whatever shape your Valentine will love (here are some of our favorites)!


Red Velvet Sugar Cookies



  • -1 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  • -3 tablespoons cocoa
  • -¼ tablespoon baking soda
  • -½ cup sugar
  • -5 ounces cream cheese (slightly more than 1/2 a package)
  • -6 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • -1 tablespoon vanilla
  • -2 tablespoons water
  • -1 ½ teaspoons red food coloring

Icing (Optional):

  • -1 cup powdered sugar
  • -2 ounces cream cheese
  • -1 tablespoon butter
  • -2 tablespoons water



  • -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • -In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • -In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, vanilla, water, and cream cheese. Beat the ingredients with a hand mixer or an electric mixer on a medium-to-high speed until smooth, with no lumps. Do not overbeat!
  • -Switch to a low speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl. Once combined, add the food coloring and return the mixer to a medium speed until the dough is fluffy.
  • -Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
  • -Use a silicone mat or spray the surface of your baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • -Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out on a flat surface, using powdered sugar or flour to prevent sticking.
  • -Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes, placing each one on the baking sheet, spaced at least two fingers-width apart.
  • -Bake for 10-12 minutes. Watch them so that the edges do not get brown.
  • While the cookies are baking, prepare the icing. Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine, whipping until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • –Let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet, so that they maintain their shapes.
  • -Once fully cool, apply the icing as liberally as you choose. The icing is optional.

Makes approximately 12 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters!


We recommend making these cookies no more than one day in advance, so that they maintain their soft, cakey texture. We hope you – and your Valentine(s) – enjoy these sweet treats!


If you make a batch, as always, we’d love to see them! Share photos on social media using #randminternational.