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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with cream cheese frosting is a classic cookie recipe that won't let you down!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium size bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. 
  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla, lemon juice and food coloring and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). 
  • Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture until you form a large dough ball--don't overmix. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Lightly flour your counter top. Roll dough ball out until 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. 
  • Cut the dough into shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  • 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

  • Cream together butter and creamy cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and mix. 
  • Add enough powdered sugar to reach a good frosting consistency.


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


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.9mg