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I’m so excited to share with you another family favorite cookie. This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe is wonderful because we cheat and use a red velvet cake mix to achieve a moist and delicious cookie.

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This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe is gorgeous but taste even better than they look.  They are my kids all time favorite cookie recipe. If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day Cookie, this is the one to make. Check out more Valentine’s Day Recipes to share.

We love to serve them around the holidays, plus with only 4 ingredients they are perfect anytime of the year. We also enjoy making these Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies and Easy Grinch Cake Mix Cookies.

Why We Love This Recipe:

We are cheating a little with this simple cake mix cookies by using a cake mix. That makes these easy red velvet cookies even easier to make.

Plus I think you will be surprised how amazing they taste too. They don’t turn cakey but a great tasting cookie. Serve with a glass of cold milk and your entire family will be impressed.

These are my kids favorite cake mix cookies. They will eat them as fast as I am taking them out of the oven. We have even made sandwich cookies with frosting in between for a fun variations.


Red velvet cookies ingredients - red velvet cake mix, eggs, oil, powdered sugar
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Powdered sugar

Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the full recipe and ingredients.

Variations Ideas:

  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to experiment with the cookies and add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and more. The white chocolate chips especially look pretty with the red color.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting – Top the Christmas Cookie with a cream cheese frosting.
  • White Sugar – Another idea is to roll the cookies in white sugar instead of powdered sugar. This really makes the red food coloring pop and look so vibrant.
  • Cake Mix – Change the flavor of box cake mix and add-ins to change up your cookies.
  • Brown Sugar – You can also use add in brown sugar. It helps to moistened the cookie and make it chewy. But it is not necessary.
  • Vanilla Extract – I will occasionally add in teaspoons vanilla extract to enhance the flavors.

Step by Step Instructions:

Mixing the red velvet cookies in a bowl

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix everything (except for the powdered sugar) into the a large bowl. The Batter will come out really thick, but that is ok.

Red velvet cookie dough on cookie scoop over a bowl of powdered sugar

Step 2 – Next you are going to use a cookie scoop to scoop up perfectly round red velvet bites and roll them in powered sugar. I highly recommend using a cookie scoop.

Rolled red velvet cookie dough on baking sheet

Step 3 – Place them on a baking sheet about 2 inches a part. I love to use these baking liners to bake my cookies – they are awesome and your cookies turn out perfect every time.

Red Velvet Cookie dough on baking sheet

Step 4 – Slightly flatten each cookie with a cup. You can make them as thin as you want, but we just did a little, so they would still plump up nicely.

Red velvet cookies on a spatula and cookies on baking sheet

Step 5 – Bake Cookies in the oven. It takes less than 10 minutes until these cookies become these beautiful crinkle red velvet cookies. 

Cooling red velvet cookies on cool rack

Step 6 – Cool completely on a wire rack. You will make about 24-36 cookies depending on how big your cookies are. We made 30 with our small cookies scoop.

Recipe Tips:

  • Combining Ingredients – The batter will be thick when combining the 4 ingredients together. Feel free to use a hand mixer or but the ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer to combine.
  • Cookie Scoop – We like to us a cookie scoop to make the dough balls. This ensures that they are about the same size so they cook evenly. You may even chill the dough before scooping to make it easier.
  • Baking Sheet – Line the baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats for easy clean up.
  • Press Dough – Gently press the dough with the bottom of a glass to create that crackle look.
Red velvet cookies stacked

Holiday Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies:

I love how beautiful these cookies turn out. I love the dusting of the powdered sugar. I could eat them all! They are that good.

But seriously, make these these red velvet cookies any time of the year. They are also so pretty for Valentine’s Day!

Red velvet Cookies stacked

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

These cookies are easy to store. Leave them on our counter in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Can you Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies once they are at room temperature. We recommend placing the cookies on a baking sheet and then freezing for about an hour. Then place in a freezer safe container so you can get out as much as you need.

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4.95 from 265 votes
This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe is easy to make because you only need 4 ingredients. Easy Red velvet crinkle cookies are the best cake mix cookies!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 – 36
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 108


  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix cookies
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar for the topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix everything except the powdered sugar into a bowl (Batter will be thick).
  • Spoon into balls and roll in the powdered sugar.
  • Place on cookie sheets leaving about 2 inches between cookies.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until cookies brown SLIGHTLY on the edges.

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Recipe Notes

These cookies are easy to make and they taste great!

Nutrition Facts

Serving 24g, Calories 108kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 1g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 153mg, Potassium 64mg, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 20IU, Calcium 29mg, Iron 0.9mg

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  1. Just made these, they came out just like your pictures and are delicious! So easy and pretty for Christmas.

  2. Making these tonight with my girls, can’t wait to see how they turn out! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    So easy to make AND so very yummy to eat! Made these with my daughter and we had a great time. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can’t wait to try more from you.

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t flatten mine when I made them and loved the puffiness they had. Super quick and easy recipe made easier with the scoop to make balls.

  5. 5 stars
    Made these last year for gifting. Everyone loves them. This year I’ve shared the recipe. Quick, easy, delish and so festive looking too.

  6. I mae loads of the red velvet cake mix cookies for christmas gift giving. I used white chocolate chips in some and m and M’s in others. They turned out very good!

  7. 5 stars
    We’ve made these the last 2 years for Christmas. My daughter made them for a school party. Simple and delicious. They are good any time of the year!

  8. 5 stars
    Super easy, great looking cookie recipe. Your Valentine will LOVE you and these yummy cookies! Also very lovely looking on a Christmas cookie platter or just Because!!

  9. Why is my dough not thick it’s more like cake dough how do I get it to thicken? Does not look like the pictures at all

  10. I’m not sure – make sure you only add 2 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Do NOT add the the ingredients to make the cake based on the back of the cake mix.

  11. Hi! ??
    Can I use margarine or this vegetable oil spread stuff, Instead of oil? I don’t have any. 🙁 Fingers crossed that I can, I’m feenin’ for these bad boys.?

  12. You can use the margarine instead of the oil in the recipe. I would melted it and measure it in its melted form. I would not use the vegetable spread as I don’t believe that it’s recommend to be used in baking but I haven’t had much experience with it yet either.

  13. 5 stars
    I decided to try these because I had one box of cake mix and my daughter asked for dessert. I had her mix it and help make these delicious cookies you can have anytime. They are so easy and simple to make. These are my go to when I need a quick dessert.

  14. No, I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil. You can use butter or canola oil instead of vegetable oil for these cookies.

  15. At the beginning of your directions, it says preheat oven to 350, then in the baking directions , it says bake at 375.

    Also, it says to use a 16.5 oz box, I have been every where, and all I could get was a 15.25 oz box. is this still gonna work

  16. At the beginning of your directions, it says preheat oven to 350, then in the baking directions , it says bake at 375.

    Also, it says to use a 16.5 oz box, I have been every where, and all I could get was a 15.25 oz box. is this still gonna work. Second message

  17. I noticed the temperature discrepancy, too. I bake most baked goods at 350, so I’m going to try that, but clarification would be great!

  18. Where is the 16.5 oz box made? There is no 16.5 oz box. Do we buy 2 boxes and add to the 15.25 oz?

    Is it 350 degrees or 375? You state both.


  19. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your easy Bubble Up Pizza. I’m going to make this with my grandsons. Love your all your recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Sorry, it’s 350 degrees. I have corrected the post. I have tested this with the 15.25 cake mix and it works great too so either size will work!

  21. I haven’t tried it yet but I would mix in 1-2 tablespoon into the mix before baking. I hope you enjoy it!

  22. 5 stars
    Hi, I’ve done your recipes years ago and just coming back. I’m looking forward to making more of your recipes. Would my recipes I’ve collected before, be saved in the system?

    Maryann G

  23. I love these cookies! The recipe is easy and you end up with delicious cookies every time. These are my new favorite cookie to make for family and friends.

  24. 5 stars
    This was so easy and so delicious! The prep and cook time was short too! No mess really for me! Thanks!