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Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

I love red velvet anything and everything!

Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

For several years in a row, I had a slice of red velvet cake as my birthday cake. There’s something about red velvet cake that I can’t resist, and I always looked forward to that slice of cake.

These red velvet cupcake cookies take that slice of cake, and turn it into an easy cookie. The cookies are much faster and much easier to make. And they’re topped with rich cream cheese frosting, so you don’t miss any of the deliciousness.

They’re perfectly festive for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy them as-is, or you can top them with a little colored sugar.

Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

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Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

Red Velvet Cupcake Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Author i heart eating



  • 1/2 cup butter at cool room temperature*
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 2 cups all-purpose glour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on high.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until well-combined.
  4. Mix in sour cream, cocoa powder, and food color until combined.
  5. Add the flour and baking powder; mix until just combined.
  6. Drop by 1.5 tablespoon scoops onto prepared baking sheets, spacing the scoops 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before transferring to a wire rack.
  9. Let the cookies cool to room temperature before frosting.
  10. To make the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese together until well-combined, about 3 minutes on high.
  11. Add vanilla and powdered sugar.
  12. Mix on low for 30 seconds.
  13. Increase speed to high, and continue to beat for 2 more minutes, scraping the sides as needed.
  14. Store cookies, covered, in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

*Be sure that your butter isn't too warm. If it is, the cookies will spread too much as they bake. 

Cookies adapted from Recipe Tin Eats.

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