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Jan 16

Red Velvet Cookie Cake

It’s time for all things Red Velvet! This Red Velvet Cookie Cake is so easy, so good, and so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Cookie Cake |

So it’s January 16. Two weeks into the New Year. And I’ve been chomping at the bit to get started with Valentine’s Day!

Are you ready?

It’s all things pink and red and cute and red velvet time!

Red Velvet Cookie Cake |

As much as I’ve been dying to break out the pink sprinkles, I’ve hit a total “cute” Valentine roadblock. Last year I made some candy buttons all prettied up for the big day. But I cannot think of anything cute to make this year!

So, I’m falling back on my default for Valentine’s Day: Red Velvet. It’s just so pretty, especially with pink and red sprinkles. It just makes me want to go hug someone.

I mean, I just want to stare at these pictures all day. Don’t you?

Red Velvet Cookie Cake |

This version of cookie cake (my new favorite thing to make, BTW) is Red Velvet. It starts with a cake mix.

One reason I love cake mix red velvet way more than scratch red velvet? The dye. OMG. Do you know how much one ounce of red food coloring is?

And did you know that Newton’s (somewhat hush-hush and previously undiscovered) Fourth Law of Motion is that food coloring is not allowed to go where you want it too? That’s why when you pour an ounce of red food coloring in a bowl, it ends up on the counter, in the sink, and all over your hands.

Cake mix has red food coloring already in it.

That’s 1,000 less frustrating sponge moments for me.


Red Velvet Cookie Cake |

So you bake up a red velvet cake mix cookie-style. Then you add white chocolate chips. They’re super pretty inside! Then you bake it in a 9″ cake pan. It fits…but it gets big. A big cookie cake = win in Dorothy’s book.

Then you make a homemade cream cheese frosting, because that’s like the best thing everrrrrr and you frost the outside with a 1M tip. (Why do they make other tips? That’s the prettiest one! Go buy yourself 3, because one will end up in the disposal, I guarantee it.)

And well, heart sprinkles. They just up the cute factor about 100%.

{The Micro Heart Sprinkles are from Wilton. I bought mine at Joann’s.}

Red Velvet Cookie Cake |

Candy Cake Valentine Perfection!

Red Velvet Cookie Cake


For the cookie:

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

For the Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon heavy whipping cream, optional
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” cake pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Using a stand or a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add cake mix, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until dough forms and no lumps remain. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  3. Press cookie dough into prepared pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a hint of red.
  4. Cool completely before removing from pan.
  5. Make the frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until the frosting comes together. Mix in vanilla and heavy cream. The cream is optional, but gives a great richness to your frosting.
  6. Pipe frosting onto cookie using a round or 1M tip. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles.
  7. This cookie is very thick. You can use a 10” round pan or use 2-9” pans for a thinner cookie.

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69 Responses to “Red Velvet Cookie Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm (#)

    Omg I JUST got done shooting a red velvet recipe. And I had a heart attack when I saw the title. Tis the season I know for it to start but I was like ohmygod she’s going to think I copied her. Then I read it and no, we’re not close in the recipe :) Whew.
    I would love a big cookie cake like this to appear in front of me – can’t have enough R.V.! :) pinned


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 16th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      LOL, now we’ve “synced”. 😉 Glad they’re different enough! I have so many red velvet ideas…and not much else!


  2. Jackie posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm (#)

    Love me some red velvet! :o)


  3. Monique posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm (#)

    OMG that (secret) Fourth Law is sooo true. My kitchen counter has little coloured stains all over it…. Love this recipe!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 16th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      I hate the sponge spots most. SO annoying! :) Thanks Monique!


  4. michael posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm (#)

    Those all look delicious Dorothy! I love red velvet anything!

    check out my Red Velvet cake!


  5. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm (#)

    I love red velvet!! The color is so pretty indeed. I’ve never had a cookie cake before but it’s about to change. This looks so beautiful and I just want to eat copious amounts. The heart sprinkles are too cute!!


  6. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm (#)

    Oooh I love this! It would be fantastic to have something like this in front of me right now! I started posting red velvet last week because I couldn’t think of anything else for Superbowl or healthy January!
    And I LOOOVE those sprinkles!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 16th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I am SO not feeling Superbowl. I need a football treat, stat! :)


  7. Crystal posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm (#)

    OMG!! Super delicious!! This is perfect for Valentines Day…if I can wait that long…lol!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 16th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Totally, I couldn’t! Thanks Crystal!


  8. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm (#)

    This is gorgeous! I bet it’s out-of-this-world-delicious!!
    Pinned :)


  9. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Red dye is NOT the business. That is enough to make me want to use a box mix as well!! This cake is gorg award!!! And cream cheese frosting is a MUST!! So cute!!


  10. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Love this idea of a cookie cake! It is beautiful! And I think it is absolutely time for V-Day stuff!! Especially Red Velvet!! :)


  11. Veronica posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm (#)

    I had no idea what to expect when I clicked on your Cookie Cake, but this looks absolutely AMAZING! Beautiful and delicious recipe, Dorothy!! Would be a great two person dessert for V-day… I mean… right? :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 17th, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Right, I mean, it’s two person for me. I’d eat it all. :)


  12. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on January 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm (#)

    Oh I love this cookie cake! Homemade cream cheese frosting is hands down- the BEST.


  13. Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm (#)

    It’s been such a long day and I had a clever comment lined up in my head, but now all I can think of “Please put that in my mouth” so… that’s what you get lol. Lovely photos, Dorothy!


  14. Tieghan posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm (#)

    I am new to the red velvet craze, but I love it! This cake is SO fun. Yes, I could look at these photos for hours……but I would rather eat the cake!


  15. Marcie posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm (#)

    I love this cookie cake! I’m all about red velvet right now, so this just looks incredible, Dorothy!


  16. Amicia Rai posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:13 am (#)

    That is an absolutely amazing recipe! :O


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  18. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:25 am (#)

    Oh my goodness, Dorothy!! :) This cookie cake is gorgeous! I am pretty sure I need to make this for my family for Valentine’s Day. 😉


  19. Mary. posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:27 am (#)

    I have a heart shaped pan. Can you make one. in a heart shaped pan for Valentine’s day?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 17th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      YES! I thought about doing that, but I don’t have a heart shaped pan. As long as it’s a standard size you can. Don’t fill it more than 2/3 full; if you have extra dough make cookies with it! :)


  20. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on January 17, 2014 at 6:09 am (#)

    What a fantastic idea!!!


  21. Samantha @ Five Heart Home posted on January 17, 2014 at 6:13 am (#)

    I had to hop over after seeing this cuteness on FB yesterday, and the rest of your pictures do not disappoint, Dorothy. If there ever was a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, this is it! And I need to get a lesson from you on that 1M tip…my frosting never turns out quite so photogenic. 😉 Happy Friday!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 17th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Lots of practice! I just love that tip, so it’s the only one I use. I think I learned by osmosis, looking at i am baker’s posts! :) Thank you!


  22. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:51 am (#)

    This looks so good! =)
    Perfect for Valentines Day! ~~ Pinned!!!


  23. Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:07 am (#)

    I had to chuckle about the red die going everywhere. When I made red velvet cookies at Christmas my kitchen looked like a crime scene. Too Funny. This cookie cake looks AMAZING as usual :)


  24. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:21 am (#)

    Red Velvet cookie in the form of a cake is a huge win for me! It looks delicious.


  25. tanya posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:45 am (#)

    My three favorite things: cookies, cakes and red velvet!! I’m loving this Dorothy!


  26. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:25 am (#)

    This cookie cake is just so gorgeous and so genius!!!


  27. Mary Frances posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:39 am (#)

    Why isn’t that Fourth Law in science books everywhere? It is SO true. Red velvet cake mix is a life saver … as is this cake. It might save me a couple bad days! Cookie cake? Yes please!


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  29. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm (#)

    I know, Dorothy! Red food coloring goes everywhere and you have to use so much of it. How perfect that cake mix works for this gorgeous cookie cake. Yum :)


  30. Megan and Mallory posted on January 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm (#)

    This looks phenomenal! Red velvet is our favorite!


  31. dina posted on January 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm (#)

    how fun! i love anything red velvet!


  32. Amy posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm (#)

    I keep gloves around just for working with food coloring! I can’t stand stained red fingers that refused to go away. I didn’t realize that about red velvet cake mix; so smart! And those white chocolate chips are the perfect cute touch. I can’t wait to see what else you have coming for Valentine’s Day — I’m sure your recipes are going to be amazing!


  33. Kelly posted on January 18, 2014 at 3:46 am (#)

    This cookie cake looks incredible Dorothy! I saw it on FB and absolutely love red velvet desserts :) Pinning this beauty to my V-Day board:) The icing and heart sprinkles makes this look so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day :)


  34. Paula posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:52 am (#)

    OMGee, Dorothy, I burst out a big laugh about the disposal! #sotrue I mean, my disposal ate 2 of my favorite tips :(


  35. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on January 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (#)

    Could I, ummm, have this all to myself??? It looks spectacular!!! :) I’m loving all all of the pinks and reds together!


  36. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on January 22, 2014 at 11:53 am (#)

    Ahh! I was going to do this too! Guess I’ll hold off :) Obviously I love it! I’m such a a cookie cake fan.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 22nd, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      LOL, you and I are on the same wavelength!


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  38. Mimi @ Culinary Couture posted on January 23, 2014 at 10:03 am (#)

    I one hundred percent feel you on the red dye thing, pre-dyed cake mix is a gift!


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  42. Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too posted on February 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm (#)

    This dessert was so perfect for valentine’s day. I featured it in my Friday Five – Valentine’s Day addition 3 from Feed Your Soul Too –


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  46. Beth posted on January 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm (#)

    I made this tonight for the Ohio State game and everyone loved it!! It was yummy and so easy to make!! Thanks for a great recipe that I’ll make over and over!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 13th, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad they liked it! Yay! Thanks so much!


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