Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the story of how I saved an ugly cookie.  Actually, let me re-phrase that… how I saved a disgustingly ugly-looking cookie that was totally worthy of eating but not appropriate for sharing with anyone, let alone on the blog.  I decided to share them anyway because they have a funny story behind them, they ended up with a happy ending, and they were darn good too! Here are my Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I’m not sure how I found this recipe, but it was randomly tucked into the comments of another recipe on the internet that I happened to be looking at.  I used that base recipe to create these.  This cookie dough begins with a red velvet cake mix, and the batter is super duper thick.  It’s so thick that I’m just gonna warn you right now that you’d better use a strong wooden spoon to stir it all up.

I had the brilliant idea of scooping mine into a big plastic bag and squeezing it onto my baking sheet.  This was just a bad idea.  It created unwanted swirls.  It would have been MUCH better to use a cookie scoop, or even a spoon for that matter.  You’ll find out why very soon…

I stuck a Hershey’s Hug Kiss in the center of each red velvet cookie dough blob.

And then squeezed some more cookie dough on top to sandwich it all together.

Here’s the part where I pretty much fell on the floor sort of laughing and crying.  What do those look like to you??  Little piles of red velvet cow poop, right?  Yep, I made red velvet cow poop cookies.  NICE.  The funny thing is that they were really delicious!  They were not super cakey- just kind of like a regular cookie but a little soft- and then had that wonderful bite of chocolate in the middle.

After sharing my red velvet cow poop cookie photo with my Instagram (find me there as RecipeGirl) friends, they suggested I rescue the cookies with a swirl of cream cheese frosting.  So I did.  All better.  Unless some unsuspecting individual licked the frosting off of the cookie, no one would have a clue what they once looked like.

They actually turned out kind of pretty after all!

And there’s a peek at that wonderful surprise of melted chocolate on the inside.  These were a little messy (as is all red velvet), and the cookie dough is a strange consistency (thick!), but they’re really pretty easy to make and they’re quite delicious too.  I had to force myself to stay away from them after I sampled a couple too many.  The kiddos in the neighborhood enjoyed them too- though my son had to tell them all the cow poop story and ruin my reputation.  Giggles all around 🙂

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These are easy-to-make cookies, but the batter is very thick. It might seem very strange to work with such a thick batter, but not to worry... they bake up just fine 🙂

Yield: About 24 cookies

Prep Time: 45 min

Cook Time: 12 min


1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding mix (dry)
4 to 5 large egg whites (start with 4... see *tips below)
1/2 cup sour cream

24 Hershey's "Hugs" Kisses (White Chocolate + Milk Chocolate), unwrapped

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix 4 egg whites and sour cream, then use a WOODEN SPOON to mix it into the dry mixture. The mixture will be very thick. Add an additional egg white if it's impossible to stir. A thick batter is what you're looking for though.
You'll think it's way too thick (I did. I thought... there is no way this is going to work out!) but it does work out and bakes up into a tender cookie.

3. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to drop a tablespoon of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Press a kiss into the cookie dough, and then top the kiss with another tablespoon of dough. Just kind of plop it on top... it will bake together in the oven and keep the Kiss inside. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough. Bake 12 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are set. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. If you'd like to frost them, you should do so just before serving them. Use your favorite frosting recipe, use a canned frosting (for ease) or use my quick recipe. Just use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese with 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar and drizzle in enough whipping cream or milk to create a nice spreading consistency, adding more powdered sugar if needed. Spread the frosting on the cookies. Top with decorative sprinkles, if desired.


*If topped with the homemade cream cheese frosting, the cookies will need to be kept in the refrigerator in a covered container. Bring to room temperature when ready to serve or nibble.

Source: (Adapted from this base recipe)

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  • Nancy Crolley wrote:

    Just found your blog and truly enjoyed it. My sister gave me a recipe for the same cookies you made. Red Velvet. I really enjoy making hers and they are very easy. She calls them “Easy Cookies.”
    1 box cake mix (any kind)
    2 eggs
    2/3 cup canola oil

    Mix all ingredients by hand. Mix thoroughly. Drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for approximately 6-8 mins. Cool. Spread cake frosting between layers. Make this big “Whoopie pie” or small. They are delicious.

  • Rachel Hitt wrote:

    I came across this recipe by accident and I am sitting here laughing so hard I almost wet my pants. My 3 yr old granddaughter ask me what I was looking at. I told her cow poop cookies. She looked at the computer screen and then at me and goes, Uh? I laughed even harder. Think I’ll make these cookies for a bake sale. LOL

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      lol 🙂

  • Amanda wrote:

    I just tried making these and it was an epic fail. 🙁 First batch didn’t cook through, even after more than 20 minutes and the 2nd batch came out like cake balls, not cookies.
    And you weren’t kidding when you said the dough would be THICK!! 🙂

  • Sarah wrote:

    I just made these and I was sad that they came out more like a tough flat cupcake. I didn’t put anything in them (no hugs kisses etc), I just baked the dough following the recipe. Maybe the candy makes a difference? They aren’t soft in the least and they don’t taste like a cookie. The batter was not fun to stir or clean up and they stuck to the cookie sheet, even though I used Pam. I won’t do that again.

  • Tiffany wrote:

    @ Dina I am trying these with cookies and cream kisses, had the same problem no hugs in the store. I was going to ask a store clerk where the kisses and hugs were, but stopped myself-that just sounds weird. lol Went to several stores with no luck. Hope these Cookies and Cream Kisses work out!

  • Dina wrote:

    Any suggestions on what to substitute for the Hugs? I cannot find them anywhere. Everyone must have scooped them up for holiday baking. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Any other kind of chocolate kiss?

  • -15 year old baker:) wrote:

    They look SOO GOOD! I cant wait to make mine. I hope they come out as great as yours looks!!

  • Phil wrote:

    These are indeed delicious, but in the future when I make them, I’m going to call them cupcakes and do them in my small cupcake pan. They really aren’t “cookie’s” but still cake like.