Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Desserts  |  Published Jan 17, 2022  |  Updated Jan 16, 2022  |  By Tawnie

an up close photos of cookies made with red velvet cake mix

These shortcut red velvet cake mix cookies need to be moved up to the #1 spot on your baking list!

You know I love cookies. And there are a lot of cookies here on Kroll’s Korner. But most of my cookie recipes are thick, big cookies with a more cake-y texture. (Like these Brookies Cookies and these banana bread cookies!)

I’ve felt there are not enough thin (dare I say “normal sized”) cookies being represented on my site. So, I’m changing that for all of you thin and chewy cookie lovers!

These super easy red velvet cookies have soft chewy centers, slightly crispy edges and melty white chocolate chips in each bite. 

This recipe makes about 20 cookies and I think they would make the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day coming up.

cookies made with red velvet cake mix and white chocolate chips

My husband can’t keep his hands off these cookies. Right when I take them out of the oven he’s reaching from one almost immediately! (Even thought I tell him he has to wait for them to cool at least 15 minutes haha!) I don’t blame him, they’re totally irresistible! 

These Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies…

  • Have the best chewy, slightly under baked centers
  • Do require chill time, BUT it’s worth it and only need 30 minutes to chill
  • Are filled with velvety white chocolate chips
  • Ridiculously easy to make
  • Festive for the holiday season or Valentine’s Day or ANY day during the entire year!
  • Are freezer friendly 
  • Stay soft for days!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix: We’re taking a shortcut and using a 15.25 oz. box of cake mix for these cookies! Who doesn’t love a baking shortcut?! No need for red food coloring in this recipe!
  • Cornstarch and salt: I always like to add a little cornstarch to my cookies to give them a soft texture. And, an additional pinch of salt is the best flavor enhancer but also makes these cookies more chewy!
  • Butter and sugar: Like most of my cookie recipes, you’ll cream the cold, cubed butter with granulated white sugar. Other red velvet cookie recipes use oil but I love using butter!
  • Eggs and vanilla: Eggs provide structure for the cookies and the vanilla extract helps prevent these cookies from tasting bland and flat.
  • White chocolate chips: There is something amazing about the red velvet and white chocolate chip combination. It makes the cookies look pretty too with the contrast of colors!
ingredients on a baking sheet to make cookies

Step by Step Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, cornstarch and salt.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients.
  5. Lastly add in the white chocolate chips. 
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes, or longer. 
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  9. Scoop cookies into small sized balls (I use a 2 Tbsp. cookie scoop).
  10. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the edges look cooked but the middles are still soft and puffy. 
  11. Let cookies cool for 15-20 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
cookie dough in a mixing bowl and on a baking sheet

Tips and Variations

  • Make a cream cheese frosting to spread on top for an even more decadent cookie! My favorite cream cheese frosting can be found on this carrot cake cookie blog post. 
  • Turn these into a red velvet crinkle cookie by rolling cookies in powdered sugar before baking. Perfect for Christmas! 
  • Use dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate. 
  • Don’t skip chilling the dough. The dough will be very sticky to work with and the cookies will spread.
  • This recipe makes about 20 cookies, so if you don’t want that many freeze half of the dough to bake at another time! 
a fresh batch of cookies with white chocolate chips on parchment paper

FAQ

Can I make the cookie dough in advance?

Yes! Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, then bake as directed. 

Can I freeze the baked cookies?

After the cookies have baked and cooled, cookies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

a bite taken out of a cookie on parchment paper

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an up close photos of cookies made with red velvet cake mix
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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are thin and chewy with crispy edges, studded with creamy white chocolate chips and you only need one box of cake mix and a few baking ingredient essentials to make them!
4.59 from 12 reviews
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
cool time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 143kcal

Ingredients

  • 1, (15.25 oz. box) red velvet cake mix
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Combine the cake mix, cornstarch and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until light and fluffy, ~2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and use a rubber spatula to knock mixture off edges of mixing bowl as needed.
  • Add in dry ingredients, gradually until ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add in the white chocolate chips and mix just until they are combined. Dough will be sticky.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill cookie dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Measure out cookies, about 2 Tbsp. in size, and place on baking sheet. (I bake 6 cookies at a time).
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-11 minutes or until the edges look cooked but the middles are still soft and puffy. (Cookies will look puffy right when you take them out and the will settle a little bit as they cool).
  • Let cookies cool for 15-20 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a wire rack to cool completely and enjoy! Continue baking remaining cookies, or place remaining cookie dough in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Notes

  • Make a cream cheese frosting to spread on top for an even more decadent cookie! My favorite cookie cream cheese frosting can be found on this carrot cake cookie blog post. 
  • Turn these into a red velvet crinkle cookie by rolling cookies in powdered sugar before baking. Perfect for Christmas! 
  • Use dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate if desired.
  • Don’t skip chilling the dough. The dough will be very sticky to work with and the cookies will spread.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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