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Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Introducing a festive choice for your holiday cookie platters:  Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies 2
Since I’ve always been completely enamored with Red Velvet (red food coloring and all!!), it seemed like the right thing to do to share a red velvet cookie recipe with you for this holiday season.  These cookies are properly chewy and rich and wonderful.  They’ll be perfect for holiday cookie platters or cookie exchanges.

This recipe comes from a new book by Deborah Harroun:  Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook.  First of all, Deborah is a good friend of mine who writes the blog Taste and Tell.  She shares so many awesome ideas for family-friendly recipes.  She’s one of the most creative bloggers I know!  And this is her first book- yippee!  If you are a fan of the ever-popular red velvet cake (my absolute favorite), you’ll love to have this book and try out some of the other innovative ideas for incorporating the red velvet flavor!  You’ll find recipes for things like Red Velvet Crepes, Red Velvet Waffles, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Red Velvet Gooey Butter Bars, Red Velvet Truffles and so much more.  It’s a fun book to have in your cookbook collection, for sure!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe -

Aren’t they so completely festive?  I love the crackle.  I love the powdered sugar, snowy adornment.  And I love the chewy, gooey, red velvet flavor of these cookies!  They are perfect for Christmas.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

You need a big, tall glass of extremely cold milk to go with your cookies, right?  Of course you do!  But sadly, not everyone has access to milk.  Milk is one of the most requested items at food banks, yet it is rarely donated (isn’t that totally awful??)    Of the 46 million Americans food banks serve, the average person gets less than 1 gallon of milk per year.  This makes me so sad since kids need milk so much.  My 13-year old son drinks a gallon within a couple of days.  The entire dairy industry from dairy farmers to dairy processors has come together and joined with Feeding America food banks to help get milk to those who need it most.  Visit to donate.  Simply type in your zip code and the donation you make will be distributed to a food bank in your own area, so you know your good will is doing good in your very own community!  

Enjoy your new cookie recipe, and make some new families feel good with MILK!  XO

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 30 min + chill time

Cook Time: 12 min

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies


2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
2 cups granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
1/2 cup powdered sugar


1. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a bowl to combine.

2. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg and food coloring.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until the dough comes together. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 2 hours.

4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.

5. Roll the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar, then place on the baking sheets at least 3 inches apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

SOURCE: (reprinted with permission from the Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook by Deborah Harroun)

Here are a few more red velvet cookie recipes you might enjoy from some of my favorite blogs:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod
Red Velvet Milky Way Cookies by Picky Palate
Red Velvet Cut-Out Cookies by Created by Diane
Red Velvet Hamantaschen by What Jew Wanna Eat
Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies by RecipeGirl

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook for review. All opinions shared are my own. There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.


  1. postedDec 2, 2014 4:21 AM

    Wow, these look so yummy. Must. make. now!

  2. postedDec 2, 2014 7:46 AM

    I seriously LOVE these cookies!!!! Eeek! Amazing Lori!

  3. postedDec 2, 2014 9:00 AM

    Gorgeous!! That burst of red, is so perfect!!

  4. postedDec 2, 2014 11:45 AM

    Looks so good!!!

  5. postedDec 2, 2014 11:53 AM

    Love the cause, love the cookies!

  6. postedDec 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    These cookies are gorgeous, Lori! So perfect for the holidays! What a wonderful cause too!

  7. postedDec 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    These cookies look so pretty and perfect for this time of year! Love the wonderful cause too!

  8. postedDec 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    Deb certainly has the market cornered when it comes to outstanding red velvet recipes. I’m totally digging her book too! And thank you so much for sharing the info about the Santa’s milk drive. Everyone deserves milk at Christmas for cookies!

    • postedDec 3, 2014 9:36 AM

      yes, they do!

  9. postedDec 2, 2014 4:39 PM

    I’m a huge red velvet fan, and these are the perfect holiday cookie! They’re festive, they look delicious, and who can deny that beautiful red color? 🙂

  10. postedDec 3, 2014 8:41 AM

    Your cookies turned out perfectly! Thank you so much!!

    • postedDec 3, 2014 9:35 AM

      You’re welcome- they are SO good!!

  11. postedDec 7, 2014 7:47 PM

    Every part. Of this recipe. So right. SO RIGHT.

  12. postedDec 8, 2014 4:29 PM

    These cookies look delicious! Is there a healthier option for making the cookies red (without food dye)?

  13. postedDec 11, 2014 8:30 AM

    Can I omit the cocoa? I know it wouldn’t be a red velvet cookie then, but I can’t have cocoa.

    • postedDec 15, 2014 8:02 PM

      I’m not sure!

  14. postedDec 17, 2014 8:41 PM

    I am excited to try these and use my new vegetable based food coloring! I found some all natural food colors at my local co-op from India Tree brand and I think the red will be nice and bright in these.

  15. postedDec 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    I’m very disappointed in these cookies. I’m an experienced baker and the recipe looked good, especially with the bright red color in the photo. That isn’t how mine turned out at all. The batter was difficult to mix, and though I added red paste food coloring hoping for a more intense color, the cookies turned out brownish red. If someone can make a suggestion as to what I might have missed, I might try to make them again, but at this point I will have to discard this recipe.

    • postedDec 21, 2014 6:48 AM

      I’m guessing it had something to do with the coloring you used, as I followed the cookbook author’s recipe to the book and they turned out perfect- we loved them!

  16. postedDec 23, 2014 12:50 AM

    So confused as to what I did wrong with this recipe, I have read it over and over to see if I made a mistake. Cookies looked great and texture seemed perfect, but they have no taste?? Taste just like flour to me…not sure how this could be with 2 cups of sugar. Must have made a mistake somewhere! 🙁

    • postedDec 23, 2014 7:10 PM

      I think you either have a taste for red velvet or not… it doesn’t have a lot of flavor in general. However, I think these cookies have a rich flavor with the cream cheese in there. We loved them!

  17. postedDec 23, 2014 10:48 PM
    HEATHER Floyd

    This cookie were great….I just finished making some, but I ran into a problem. I did everything as instructed, but the powdered sugar would cause my oven to smoke. I even cleaned out my oven thinking that maybe something was in the oven causing it to smoke. I gave up for a little bit to fix dinner using the oven and no problems with the smoking issue, but then I tried the cookies again…and the smoking was an issue….I used parchment paper and everything. So what am I doing wrong?

  18. postedDec 30, 2014 8:29 PM
    Tulia Rosares

    Not edible. These cookies had no taste at all. Should there have been vanilla or another flavoring? Not worth the calories or cost.

  19. postedDec 31, 2014 1:55 PM

    I was excited to make these cookies as they look gorgeous. But, to be honest, the taste was, shall I say, there was no taste! I followed the recipe very carefully, but something was missing. Very disappointed. Also very difficult to mix. I think it may have needed more butter, who knows. Would like to try again if someone has a suggestion.

  20. postedJan 24, 2015 3:42 PM

    I was disappointed how these cookies turned out:(. I followed the recipe to a T. The cookies didn’t rise much, they were very bland and the coloring was more of a maroon coloring. I was expecting a light fluffy cookie and I got a very dense texture. 🙁

  21. postedFeb 12, 2015 4:19 PM

    I know I’m a few months late but I made these as a Valentine’s treat for my coworkers today. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect!!! They looked and tasted delicious…..Thank You!!!

    My only regret is that I didn’t get any pictures before they were devoured.

    I will say that they seemed to get more red during the 2 hours I chilled them so that is an important step

  22. postedMar 31, 2016 12:51 PM

    I just got notified that you linked to my hamantaschen- so a belated thank you! 🙂

  23. postedDec 24, 2016 12:52 PM

    We made these today for Santa. They came out amazing! I followed the recipe to a T. I will say I did the last batch with chocolate chips, and if you are looking for more sweetness, that’s the way to go. But they were perfect red velvety goodness as the recipe intended. 

  24. postedDec 10, 2017 6:50 PM
    Camm Eddy

    I agree with some others. These cookies had no flavor at all. I think they may need some vanilla. 

  25. postedDec 26, 2017 12:12 PM

    These looked so good so we made them for the holidays. I decided to disregard the negative comments left on the cookies and make them anyway after looking at the ingredients. They take two cups of sugar, so I figured what could go wrong/how could people be saying they aren’t sweet? Well, they weren’t very good at all. It’s true the powdered sugar makes them smoke in the oven.. they only cook for 12-15 and after leaving them even in a few minutes longer they seemed undercooked and tasted like a sweet play-doh. We made three batches of different cookies and these were the only ones that remained virtually untouched. No one liked them enough to have more than one (myself included). I would recommend you fix this recipe or take it down altogether. I’d hate to see anyone else as disappointed as my entire family was. These were a huge flop and a weird cookie that looks pretty but isn’t anything special. Followed the recipe exactly as stated and was very disappointed.

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