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Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Something about a sandwich cookies makes kids smile and adults swoon. Cream cheese centers smashed between two bright red rounds makes the perfect after-school snack for my kids, but it’s special and stunning and could find its way to a dessert plate or tray just as easily.

There is a bit of a red velvet obsession around these parts. It makes its face known with lovelies such as red velvet chocolate chip Bundt cake with Nutella frosting, red velvet cupcakes and even red velvet hot chocolate. Obviously we find the allure of rich chocolate cake very appealing, or perhaps it is just its rich, red color that keeps us coming back for more. Either way, these red velvet cookies are sure to satisfy those red velvet lusts you’ve been having, and as a bonus, they’re perfect for shipping as gifts or packing up and placing under the tree come Christmastime.

Homemade Red Velvet Cookies adapted from Paula Dean

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon natural red food coloring such as Seelect or India Tree
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and beat well. Beat in vanilla and red food coloring. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet.

Scoop dough onto a lined cookie sheet using a generous medium scoop (2-3 tablespoons). Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until centers appear set. Allow to cool sightly. Then pull the liner onto the wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Cheater Red Velvet Cookies
1 box red velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and flour. Scoop onto lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Spread one cookie with filling and top with a second cookie.

Cream Cheese Filling

8 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla. Sift powdered sugar over the wet ingredients and beat in until smooth. Spread in between two cooled red velvet cookies.

Makes 10-15 sandwiches.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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32 thoughts on “Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

  1. Amber @ says:

    Whoa. These look *really* good.

  2. sheri grennille says:

    wow, i have a box of red velvet cake mix and a bake sale on saturday. cha ching – I know what i’m bringing, these look stunning.

  3. ann steinbach says:

    This is my fantasy cookie.

  4. Wenderly says:

    What a clever idea!!!! I absolutely love it!

  5. Siobhan says:

    I love you for including that “cheater” version! That is definitely how I roll ;)

  6. naomi says:

    Great idea! And looks it how fantastic they look!

  7. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Is that your daughter? Such cute photos & the cookies look great :)

  8. Cammy says:

    THANKS for stating that natural food coloring should be added. It’s tricky to find – natural stores have them, but the red velvet craze means lots of red dye 40 in most of the cupcakes. So good going!

  9. Stella says:

    That looks delicious! Also, the milk is in such adorable packaging. What brand is it?

  10. Liz@HoosierHomemade says:

    Oh my…I must add those to my list! Thanks for sharing Shaina!

  11. Robyn says:

    I NEED to make these!!!

  12. Hannah @ Bake Five says:

    you’ve got me craving crazy!

  13. Pennie says:

    Pretty! I’m going to make these for my Holiday Cookie exchange and add chopped peppermint candy to the filling inside….or maybe do singles and add a swirl of the frosting and peppermints on top ! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Kristen says:

    Those look stunning and delicious!

  15. Wendy says:

    Are the pictures of Paula’s version or the cheater version? :) Either way, they look fantastic… may have to be on my list to make at Christmas!

  16. Molly says:

    So I hope anyone doesn’t kill me…but I’m not a huge fan of red velvet cake. It’s good, but I think there are better flavors of cake at the supermarket. Would using a different box of cake mix be sacrilegious?

  17. JehanP says:

    Yum!! I love the size of these monster cookies.

  18. JennE says:

    The cream cheese frosting does not have to be refrigerated? I always worry about these things :)

  19. Tickled Red says:

    Very nice!! Those just look too cute and delicious. I see boys with giant smiles in my future :)

  20. Nicole from Sweet Tooth says:

    I cannot believe this! I’ve looked everywhere for this! I’m obsess with red velvet as you are and I absolutely must try these! looks excellent in care package this Christmas

  21. briskmamma says:

    I love the contrast between red and white frosting. It looks so nice.

  22. betty says:

    they look GREAT i love red velvet!

  23. Danelle says:

    I was thinking of a red velvet dessert for Christmas this year, but I wanted something besides the traditional cake. These are perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Casondra says:

    Ive never been very good at baking.. but I decided to try my hand at these tonight. Mine dont look quite as pretty as the ones featured here.. but I found them to be very easy to make & My honey loved them! We are giving them as Christmas goodies to co-workers!

  25. Danielle T. says:

    I just have to tell you that I have made these a couple of times now and I keep getting requests for more! These are amazing!
    If someone is looking at this recipe and thinking about trying it, DO IT! you won’t regret it!
    Thank you!

  26. Michelle says:

    WOW these are amazing, I am making my second batch today everyone can’t get enough! I can’t seem to get the cookies to crinkle like you did, any suggestions? Thanks for sharing!

  27. culinaryneophyte says:

    I made these this afternoon, and they are awesome! I agree with Michelle above, though — I couldn’t get mine to crinkle like the ones in the picture. They are very cakey, which is good texturally, but not as nice visually, ya know? Either way, thanks for sharing! :)

  28. It’s going to depend which recipe you use. Glad you enjoyed them!

  29. sib says:

    I want to eat these nom noms!!! but how much buttermilk do you add? I hope i’m not just missing it randomly.

  30. cassie says:

    …but how much buttermilk?

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