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These easy red velvet cookies are made with just 5 simple ingredients! The secret? Cake mix! In under 20 minutes you can have beautiful red velvet cookies topped with chocolate hearts.
The day of love is quickly approaching. I have been working on some treats that are oh-so perfect to share with that special someone. These cookies are one of the desserts that won the heart of my ten year old.
The secret is cake mix. That’s right, folks. These cookies are made with a cake mix! That makes them ideal for whipping up a batch on the fly. All you need are five pantry staple ingredients and you are on your way to soft, slightly chewy, beautiful red velvet cookies.
- Cake Mix Cookie: These all start with a cake mix! Quick and easy.
- Quick! From start to finish you are looking at about 20 minutes.
- Easy to Customize: This is a no-fail dessert. The cookies can be topped with frosting, sandwiched with sweet filling, or have a chocolate pressed into the top.
What You Need:
FIVE ingredient cookies! These are seriously my favorite for so many reasons, but the minimal ingredient list is high on the top.
- Cake Mix
- Vanilla Extract
- Chocolate Hearts
The chocolate hearts are optional, but I highly recommend you add them on top! I found them in the valentine candy aisle of the grocery store. Press one on top of the cookies right after you pull them out of the oven. The heat from the cookie slightly melts the chocolate making it melt in your mouth! SO. GOOD.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.
- Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir until fully incorporated.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop heaping tablespoon portions onto your prepared sheets leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake 8 minutes.
Cookie tips and tricks:
- No oil? No problem! Swap melted butter for the oil called for in this recipe.
- I really like Duncan Hines, but it’s just a personal preference. My grandma always raved about the brand and it stuck with me. Any cake mix works well with these cookies.
- Not a fan of red velvet? Swap for any other flavor of cake mix.
- Cookie scoops are king. They make sure that you get the same sized cookie every single time.
- Silicone baking mats are about to become your new best friend. Seriously, better than parchment paper!
- Chilling this dough is not required, however you could get a slightly raised cookie by allowing the batter to refrigerate for 4+ hours.
Ways to decorate red velvet cookies:
- Spread with cream cheese frosting and valentine sprinkles.
- Dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Also wouldn’t hate to see those with valentine sprinkles!
- Bundle these up in a silicone bag, tie off with ribbon, and hand out as gifts with small cartons of milk.
Like this recipe? You will love my:
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 24 chocolate hearts
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir until fully incorporated.
3. Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop heaping tablespoon portions onto your prepared sheets leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake 8 minutes.
4. Press a chocolate onto the warm cookies right out of the oven.