Awesome Red Velvet Cookies

Wendy Rusch


I went on a mission to find the best Red Velvet Cookie I could find...AND I did, sorta, well, after a few lil tweaks of my own, it is the best! It is so yummy, it didn't even need the frosting...but when it comes to cream cheese frosting a little never hurts! lol

* I have discovered (7/20/12) that if I roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar then flatten slightly, bake and then sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm, they are just as good as with frosting. And there is not the mess of frosting. I hope you give it a try! :o)

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1/2 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
butter flavor shortening, such as crisco
1 c
1 c
brown sugar
2 tsp
1 Tbsp
red food coloring
3 c
1/3 c
2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 c
pecans or walnuts, chopped, optional


1/2 c
butter, softened
4 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 tsp
3 c
powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp
milk or cream


powdered sugar

How to Make Awesome Red Velvet Cookies


  • 1Cream together butter, shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla and food coloring. Whisk or sift together flour, cocoa, soda and salt in another bowl. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts if desired. 1 cup of chocolate or white chocolate chips can be added if desired as well.
  • 2Use large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, place 3" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

    *Or is using the powdered sugar, using large scoop, scoop dough, roll into balls, roll in powdered sugar, place on baking sheet, flatten slightly then bake.
  • 3Remove from oven and transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.

    *If using powdered sugar, remove from oven and transfer to cooling racks, sprinkle with more powdered sugar while still warm if desired.
  • 4Frosting: Cream butter and cream cheese, add vanilla, powdered sugar and 3T milk and mix until smooth, adding more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Enjoy!
  • 5These cookies are best when after you frost them you place into a sealed container and allow to rest/meld for a few hours or over night.

    *Place wax paper between layers if using frosting.

    *These cookies are best when stored in the refrigerator, whether frosted or not. The flavor stays fresher longer.

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About Awesome Red Velvet Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy