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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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These simple red velvet cake mix cookies require only 4 ingredients for light and fudgy cookies dotted with white chocolate chips! The secret to these cookies is a boxed red velvet cake mix, which turns the classic cake into a delightful, bite-sized treat. These easy cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day, the holidays, or any time of the year when you’re craving red velvet cake!

Easy red velvet cake mix cookies, stacked on a white plate.

You don’t need to be a seasoned baker to whip up these cookies! All you need is a box of red velvet cake mix, a couple of eggs, some oil, and a handful of white chocolate chips to whip up these super easy cookies in under 30 minutes!

Did you know you could make red velvet cookies from cake mix? You can! Cake mix is a great shortcut that cuts down on the ingredients and the time it takes to prepare a sweet and delicious cookie. It’s an easy way to make homemade cookies with minimal effort! There are so many different cake mixes available. You can create a really unique cookie with only 3 total ingredients, plus any mix-ins you desire.

This easy recipe is also super customizable – make it your own by adding in any of your favorite mix-ins from nuts, chocolate chunks, or dried fruit. Consider using some white chocolate hearts for Valentine’s day and you’ll make some red velvet lovers extra happy!

While most cookie recipes require you to mix dry and wet ingredients separately, this recipe simplifies the process. You just need to combine all ingredients in one bowl, stir until well combined, and you’re ready to bake! This makes it a perfect baking project for beginners or for parents who want to involve their kids in the kitchen.

Plus, these easy red velvet cake mix cookies offer a unique twist to traditional chocolate chip cookies. The boxed cake mix gives the cookies a rich, chocolatey flavor with a hint of tanginess, while the white chocolate chips add a sweet contrast.

These festive cookies are perfect for serving at parties, as a dessert after a family meal, or even as a sweet snack for your kids. They are also a great recipe idea for holidays, birthdays, a special occasion, or really any time of year! The best part? They are so delicious, soft, and chewy that no one will guess they were made from a cake mix! 

👩🏽‍🍳 Why You’ll Love Red Velvet Cookies

  • Easy Dessert: This recipe for red velvet cake cookies is a breeze to whip up! With just four simple ingredients and only 5 minutes of prep time, you’ll have a batch of delicious chewy cookies ready in no time. 
  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe takes a box of cake mix and transforms it into the best cookies. Plus, with the addition of eggs, vegetable oil, and white chocolate chips, these cookies are both simple and satisfying.
  • Family-Friendly: The bright red color and rich red velvet flavor of these cookies are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Plus, they’re a great option when you need fresh cookies in a hurry!
  • Versatile: This delicious cookie recipe can be used to make other cake mix cookie combinations. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to experiment with different flavors and mix-ins.
  • Holiday-Ready: These cookies are not only perfect for Valentine’s Day but also for the holidays. Their vibrant color and rich flavor make them a festive addition to any holiday spread.

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🥘 Ingredients

This red velvet cake cookie recipe is as simple as it gets. All the ingredients are easily available at any local grocery store or might already be sitting in your pantry. So, let’s dive into what each ingredient brings to the table.

Ingredients for red velvet cake mix cookies recipe on a white background.
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix: The star of the show! This boxed cake mix gives these cookies their distinctive red color and the classic cocoa flavor. You’ll need an 18 oz box of cake mix for this recipe.
  • Eggs: Eggs work as the binding agent in this easy cookie recipe, holding all the ingredients together. They also contribute to the cookies’ fluffy texture. 
  • Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil plays a crucial role in making our cookies moist and soft. It also helps in evenly spreading the heat during baking, guaranteeing that our cookies are baked to perfection.
  • White Chocolate Chips: Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate in their cookies? The white chocolate chips not only add a sweet contrast to the cocoa flavor of the red velvet but also give our cookies a delightful crunch. Feel free to use any other mix-ins you like. White chocolate pairs beautifully with cake mix red velvet cookies, but feel free to use dark chocolate chips, or even chopped dried fruit, or nuts.

🍲 Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cake Mix: If you’re unable to find a red velvet cake mix, you can use a vanilla cake mix and add a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and some natural red food coloring. 
  • Vegetable Oil: You can substitute the vegetable oil with another neutral flavored oil that you prefer, such as coconut oil, canola oil, or avocado oil. 
  • White Chocolate Chips: Any type of chocolate chips will work! If you can’t find regular white chocolate chips, look for a vegan brand of white chocolate chips. Alternatively, you can use dairy-free dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, or even a chopped up bar of regular chocolate, white chocolate or vegan white chocolate.

🔪 How To Make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

It’s so easy to make red velvet cookies using cake mix! Follow these simple steps to create a batch of these delicious treats. For a more detailed guide and nutritional information, check out the recipe card below!

Preheat Oven, Mix Ingredients: Preheat the oven to a temperature of 360 degrees F/180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside for later use. Combine all your ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

eggs, cake mix, white chocolate chips and oil in a mixing bowl

Combine: Stir the cake mix cookie dough, by hand, until well combined. You could also use a stand mixer but it’s not necessary if you don’t have one!

cookie dough in a bowl

Form Your Cookies: Use an ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop to form tablespoon-sized mounds of cookie dough balls to add onto your prepared baking sheet.

cookie dough on a baking sheet

Bake Cookies, Cool Cookies: Place your cookie sheet in the oven and bake your cookies for about 10 minutes. After baking, remove your cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy your homemade red velvet cake mix cookies!

red velvet crinkle cake mix cookies on a baking sheet

💭 Expert Tips

  • Choose Organic: Opt for an organic red velvet cake mix for this recipe. Organic mixes are free of artificial colors and preservatives, making your cookies healthier and more natural.
  • Hand Mix For Best Results: Stir the ingredients by hand to achieve the best texture. Overmixing with an electric mixer can make the cookies tough, while hand mixing makes sure that they stay light and fudgy.
  • Use An Ice Cream Scoop: Use an ice cream scoop to create evenly sized cookies. This guarantees that they all bake at the same rate and come out perfectly done at the same time.
  • Monitor Baking Time: Be sure to keep an eye on your cookies while they’re in the oven. Baking for exactly ten minutes will give you a soft, fudgy center. If you prefer a crispier cookie, add a couple more minutes.
  • Adjust For Smaller Cake Mix: These red velvet cake batter cookies calls for an 18 ounce cake mix. But if you can only find a smaller 15 ounce cake mix, add a quarter cup of all-purpose flour to achieve the right consistency.

📖 Variations

Here are some delicious and fun ways to switch up this easy red velvet cookies recipe: 

  • Lemon Cake Mix Cookies: Swap the red velvet mix for a lemon cake mix to create tangy, zesty cookies. Add a sprinkle of granulated sugar before baking for a sweet crunch. Remember, you can use any brand of cake mix you prefer.
  • German Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies: Instead of making red velvet cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips, use a German chocolate cake mix for a rich, chocolatey twist. Swap the white chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips and consider mixing in some shredded coconut into the batter for an added texture and flavor.
  • Red Velvet Cake Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting: Adding a simple cream cheese icing will take your delicious red velvet cookies to the next level! Once your cookies have cooled down, spread a thin layer of the icing on top. This adds a creamy, tangy element that pairs perfectly with the rich red velvet.
  • Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies: Roll the tops of the cookies in some granulated sugar and powdered sugar before baking them in the oven. It’ll give them a stunning festive look perfect for the holiday season! Bake them for a minute less to get gooey centers that pairs beautifully with the crinkled cookies. 

🍽 Serving Suggestions

No one will be able to resist this red velvet cake mix cookie recipe! These delicious treats are perfect for any occasion and can be paired with a variety of dishes to create a truly satisfying meal. Here are some of my favorite serving suggestions:

  • Brunch: For a more indulgent start to your day, feel free to serve these cookies with a hearty bowl of strawberries and cream oatmeal or a frozen berry smoothie without yogurt. They also pair well with this honey latte or chocolate milk tea.
  • Snacks: These cookies make for a great midday snack. Enjoy them with a cup of oatmilk hot chocolate or pair them with some fresh fruits like apples or bananas.
  • Desserts: While this red velvet cookie recipe with cake mix is a dessert on its own, you can serve these cookies alongside other sweet treats for a bigger spread. Try them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a vegan mug cake for a delicious and quick option.
  • Party Treats: These easy cake mix cookies are sure to be a hit at any party. Serve them as a dessert at your next BBQ or picnic, or include them in a dessert buffet at your next birthday party or holiday gathering.

🙌 Dietary Adaptations

Our red velvet cake mix cookies recipe does need a few tweaks to make it vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. But don’t worry, these simple swaps won’t compromise on the delicious taste and chewy texture of these cookies!

  • Vegan: The original recipe calls for eggs, which are not vegan. But you can easily substitute the eggs with a vegan alternative to make eggless red velvet cookies. One of the most popular options is a “flax egg”, which is made by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water for each egg. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes before adding it to the recipe.
  • Gluten-Free: To make this red velvet cookie recipe gluten-free, you’ll need to use a gluten-free red velvet boxed mix. There are several brands available that offer gluten-free mixes, so just check the baking aisle in your local supermarket or health food store.
  • Dairy-Free: The white chocolate chips in this simple dessert usually contain dairy. But you can easily find dairy-free versions in most supermarkets or online. Look for brands that specifically mention being dairy-free on the packaging.

🫙 Storage Directions

  • To Refrigerate: After enjoying these light and fudgy red velvet cake mix cookies, store any leftovers in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week, maintaining their delicious taste and texture.
  • To Freeze: Unfortunately, due to their delicate texture and the white chocolate chips, freezing these cookies is not recommended. The thawing process can cause them to become soggy and lose their delightful fudginess.
  • To Reheat: If you have stored your cookies in the refrigerator, simply remove them and let them come to room temperature before serving. If you prefer them a bit warm, you can lightly microwave them for a few seconds, just be careful not to overheat and melt the white chocolate chips. 

❓Recipe FAQs

How do you thicken cake batter for cookies?

The key to thickening cake batter for cookies is adding the right amount of oil and eggs. In this recipe, adding half a cup of oil and two eggs to the cake mix will give you the perfect consistency for your cookie batter.

Can you substitute butter for oil in cake mix cookies?

Absolutely! If you prefer the richer flavor of butter, you can certainly use it as a substitute for oil in cake mix cookies. For this recipe, you would need half a cup of melted butter in place of the oil.

What is the difference between cake mix batter and cookie mix batter?

While cake mix and cookie mix share similar ingredients, the quantities differ to create distinct textures. Cake batter is typically runnier, while cookie batter is thicker, even though both contain flour, sugar, and eggs.

Easy red velvet cake mix cookies on a white plate.

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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

These simple red velvet cake mix cookies require only 4 ingredients for light and fudgy cookies dotted with white chocolate chips! The secret to these cookies is a boxed red velvet cake mix, which turns the classic cake into a delightful, bite-sized treat. These easy cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day, the holidays, or any time of the year when you’re craving red velvet cake!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix Look for an organic cake mix, with no artificial colors or preservatives added!
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
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Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F / 180 C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.
  • Add all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Stir, by hand, until well combined.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop mixture into tablespoon-sized mounds on the prepared baking tray.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Choose Organic: Opt for an organic red velvet cake mix for this recipe. Organic mixes are free of artificial colors and preservatives, making your cookies healthier and more natural.
  • Hand Mix for Best Results: Stir the ingredients by hand to achieve the best texture. Overmixing with an electric mixer can make the cookies tough, while hand mixing makes sure that they stay light and fudgy.
  • Use an Ice Cream Scoop: Use an ice cream scoop to create evenly sized cookies. This guarantees that they all bake at the same rate and come out perfectly done at the same time.
  • Monitor Baking Time: Be sure to keep an eye on your cookies while they’re in the oven. Baking for exactly ten minutes will give you a soft, fudgy center. If you prefer a crispier cookie, add a couple more minutes.
  • Adjust for Smaller Cake Mix: This recipe calls for an 18 ounce cake mix. But if you can only find a smaller 15 ounce cake mix, add a quarter cup of all-purpose flour to achieve the right consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

18 responses to “Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. I don’t use red velvet cake mix very often, but these cookies look absolutely phenomenal! Can’t wait to give them a try, thanks for the recipe 🙂5 stars

  2. These are so cute and easy for a Valentine’s Day treat! Who knew a cake mix could make such soft and fudgy cookies?!5 stars

  3. These Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies were super simple to make and delish! The boys gobbled them up in no time. Saving to make again–but doing a double batch! Happy New Year!5 stars

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