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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with cream cheese frosting is a classic cookie recipe that won't let you down!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting recipe, red velvet cookies, sugar cookies
Unit: cup, large, ounce, Tablespoon, teaspoon
Servings: 24
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
Ingredients
For the cookies
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • red food coloring (*see note below)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium size bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. 

  2. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, lemon juice and food coloring and mix well.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). 

  4. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture until you form a large dough ball--don't overmix. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Lightly flour your counter top. Roll dough ball out until 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. 

  6. Cut the dough into shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. Cookies should still be soft when you take them out, but not doughy. (Don’t overcook or they will be hard!) Allow to cool and frost once cooled.
For the frosting
  1. Cream together butter and creamy cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and mix. 

  2. Add enough powdered sugar to reach a good frosting consistency.

Recipe Notes

*I use 1 tsp red gel food coloring and 1 tsp liquid red food coloring