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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies make the cutest cookies and take minimal effort to make. Made with only 5 ingredients and are perfectly chewy with a soft texture. Rolled in sprinkles and topped with a chocolate heart for a fun Valentine’s Day treat!
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies is an easy and great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and they couldn’t be any easier to make with only 5 ingredients including a box of cake mix. The dough takes minutes to make, then we roll cookie dough balls in festive sprinkles, and top with a heart shaped chocolate.
Fun for Valentine’s Day treat bags, parties, and lunch box treats. You can also make these any time of the year by switching up the sprinkles and putting a chocolate kiss in the middle instead of a heart.
The cookies are soft, chewy, and taste just like red velvet cake in a cookie form. If you love Red Velvet recipes, you’ll love my Red Velvet Truffles!
WHAT IS RED VELVET?
Red velvet is a popular flavor during Valentine’s day because it’s made with a vanilla cake base, cocoa powder, red food coloring and often buttermilk and vinegar to offset the sweet flavor. The chocolate flavor in the cake is very subtle and has far less chocolate flavor than a chocolate cake does.
Why You’ll Love These Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
- Boxed of Red Velvet Cake Mix: The main ingredient. You can use any of your favorite red velvet cake mix brands, I use either Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, or Pillsbury.
- Eggs: We use whole large eggs for moisture and texture. They will help make chewy cookies.
- Vegetable oil: Binds the ingredients and gives the cookies a soft cake-like consistency. Use any type of neutral oil or you can also use melted butter instead.
- Sprinkles: I love using a Valentine’s Day sprinkle mix to make the cookies so fun and extra festive! Use different colors for different themed holidays or occasions.
- Chocolate hearts: These little heart shaped chocolates make these cookies so festive for Valentine’s Day. You could also use a white chocolate heart shaped or cookies and cream hearts instead.
how to make red velvet cookies with cake mix
Mix ingredients together: In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer.
Chill cookie batter: Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 15-20 minutes.
Prep oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll in sprinkles and bake: Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl or dish. Scoop cookies with mini ice-cream scooper and roll in sprinkles and place on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. I usually pull them out at 10 minutes because we love soft cookies (they may look under-cooked).
Add heart chocolate: Remove cookies from oven and place a chocolate heart in the center on top of each cookie immediately. You don’t have to press down too much as the chocolate will slightly melt onto the cookies. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
recipe tips & variations
- Chocolate cookie: Swap the red velvet cake mix for chocolate cake mix to make these cookies extra chocolatey.
- Gluten-Free Cookies: Use gluten-free cake mix to make these cookies gluten-free.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies: Add chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
- Sandwich Cookies: Stuff the center of two cookies with a scoop of ice cream or add cream cheese frosting in the middle if you wanted to make cookie sandwiches and elevate this dessert.
- Topping: Instead of using a chocolate heart, you can roll the cookies in powdered sugar instead (before baking) or top baked cookies with a white chocolate drizzle or cream cheese icing.
- Use a small cookie scoop to keep all your cookies the same size. This will allow for even baking and prevent the cookies from burning.
- Allow cookies to cook for a few minutes on the cookie sheet prior to transferring to the cooling wire rack. They will fall apart if too warm.
- Favorite Mix-Ins: Crushed pretzels, sprinkles, M&Ms’s, chopped nuts, chopped chocolate candy bar, chopped cookies such as Oreos, or crushed graham crackers.
can I make these into cookie bars?
Yes! I would recommend using a 13×9 inch baking dish and line with parchment paper. Once cookie dough comes together, transfer batter to baking dish press into an even layer. Sprinkle top with sugar.
Bake for 13-16 minutes. Once removed from oven, place your chocolate hearts on the bars. Allow the dish to completely cool prior to cutting. You should get approximately 24 bars out of this recipe.
leftovers & storage
To-store: Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. They will stay fresh for 7 days. They will still be ok to eat after 7 days but they may start to get crumbly and stale.
To-freeze: Allow the baked cookies to cool completely. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to flash freeze or harden. Once hard, place the cookies in a large freezer bag or stack in an airtight container. Store for up to 3 months- when ready to serve, remove from the freezer to thaw until softened.
Make ahead: You could make the batter or cookie dough balls up to 2 days in advance and store in the fridge until ready to bake.
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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
- 2 whole large eggs
- sprinkles optional
- 18 heart shaped chocolates
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Please note the dough will be sticky and thats OK!
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl or dish. Scoop cookies with mini ice-cream scooper and roll in sprinkles and place on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes (they may look under-cooked).
- Remove cookies from oven and place a chocolate heart in the center on top of each cookie immediately. You don't have to press down too much as the chocolate will slightly melt onto the cookies.
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!