Best Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins

These red velvet sugar cookies will make your day! Soft & tender, fun & brightly colored, with a hint of cocoa & a slight cream cheese tang.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet, sugar cookies
Servings: 24 3-inch diameter cookies (approx., depends on how thick the dough is rolled and on the size/shape of your cutter)
Calories: 183 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until smooth (about 1 minute).

  3. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and food coloring and mix on medium speed until combined.

  4. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt.

  5. Mix on medium-low speed until a stiff dough forms (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).

  6. Roll the dough to 3/16-inch thick (rolling pin rings ensure an even and exact thickness) between 2 sheets of parchment paper.

  7. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut shapes with a 3-inch heart cookie cutter.

  8. Peel the shapes from the bottom layer of parchment, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.

  9. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until set around the edges but still a little soft towards the center.

  10. Cool completely, then frost with royal icing.

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Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 39mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.