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Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting


About 24 cookies



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 cups Swans Down Cake Flour
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


PREHEAT oven to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

COOKIES: In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg, beating well.

WHISK together Swans Down Cake Flour, cocoa and baking soda in a separate bowl. With a mixer on medium speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Add food coloring, vinegar and vanilla, beating until combined.

SHAPE cookie dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons each) and place at least 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

BAKE until tops are set, about 8 minutes. Let cookies cool on pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

FROSTING: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer at high speed for 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to medium and gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

CRUMBLE 2 of the cooled cookies and set aside. Spread frosting over remaining cookies and sprinkle with cookie crumbles.