These easy red velvet cookies start with a cake mix and are loaded with white chocolate chips. A simple yet impressive cookie that yields fabulous results!

When the holidays come around every year, I serve plenty of festive dessert recipes such as mint brownies, oreo stuffed cookies, cake truffles, peppermint cookies, Christmas tree brownies and these elegant red velvet cookies. These cookies are also great for Valentine’s Day alongside a homemade heart cake!

Red Velvet Cookies on a serving plate with holiday decorations nearby,

Sometimes you just want a quick and easy treat without spending hours in the kitchen. These chewy red velvet cookies couldn’t be any easier to make. They’re an eye catching dessert that everyone goes crazy over on Christmas or Valentine’s Day! And it all starts with a red velvet cake mix.

Red Velvet Cookies Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need red velvet cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs and white chocolate chips. The great part of using cake mix is that it keeps the ingredients and prep work to a minimum. A mix contains all the necessary items like red food coloring, cocoa powder, baking soda and vanilla extract, all purpose flour and salt.

How Do You Make Red Velvet Cookies?

Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone mat. Place the cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl and stir to combine. Fold in the white chocolate chips. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then chill the dough for at least 20 minutes. Form the dough into balls, then bake the cookie dough balls until set. You will need to work in batches, so repeat this process until all the dough has gone into the oven. Cool the cookies on a wire rack, then serve and enjoy.

Baked cookies on a wire cooling rack.

Tips For The Perfect Dessert

  • Look for a 15.25 ounce box of red velvet cake mix with pudding in the batter for the best results.
  • I recommend using white chocolate chips that contain cocoa butter rather than palm oil, as they taste better.
  • These cookies will stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days. You can also freeze them for 2 months.
  • Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon for evenly sized cookies.

Quick Tip

You can press a few extra white chocolate chips into the top of each cookie dough ball for a more decorative look.

A stack of red velvet cookies on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

What is red velvet flavor?

Red velvet is a classic Southern cake that gets its flavor from buttermilk and cocoa powder. It also often contains a little vinegar, and typically tastes like a cross between chocolate and vanilla cake.

How long should you chill cookie dough?

You should chill cookie dough in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, or in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The dough should be soft enough to scoop and not overly sticky, but you also don’t want it to be completely solid.

What are red velvet cookies made of?

Red velvet cookies are made with cake mix, oil, eggs and white chocolate chips. The cake mix does contain other ingredients such as flour, sugar, baking powder, red food coloring and cocoa powder.


Flavor Variations

While these cookies are delicious as-is, you can easily customize them to suit your tastes.

  • Cake Mix: You can use other types of cake mix such as chocolate, vanilla or yellow cake. If you switch up the cake flavor, then the cookies won’t be red velvet anymore, but they will still be delicious.
  • Chocolate: These treats also taste great with semisweet or milk chocolate chips instead of the white chocolate.
  • Toppings: Feel free to roll each ball of cookie dough in holiday sprinkles before they go into the oven. You can also dip half of each cookie into white chocolate instead of using the chips in the batter.
  • Frosting: Make a cream cheese frosting for your cookies by using a mixer to blend 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese, 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Be sure that your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature before you prepare the frosting.

I actually think these red velvet cake mix cookies make the perfect holiday or Valentines cookie because of their vibrant red color, but really, you can serve them all year round. It’s hard to eat just one of these guys, because who can resist this cookie recipe? Not me!

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Red Velvet Cookies

AuthorSara Welch
Red Velvet Cookies
These easy red velvet cookies start with a cake mix and are loaded with white chocolate chips. A simple yet impressive cookie that yields fabulous results!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 18


  • 1 15.25 ounce box red velvet cake mix look for the type with pudding in the batter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil and eggs until a dough forms. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  • Cover the bowl and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball; place on the sheet pan. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, spacing each cookie 2 inches apart. You will need to bake the cookies in batches.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until edges of cookies are set. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat the process with the remaining cookie dough.
  • Cool cookies completely then serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


  1. These cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for 5 days, or you can freeze them for 2 months.
  2. For best results, look for white chocolate chips that contain cocoa butter rather than palm oil.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 49mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe, definitely will try to make these. Do you think you could use other cake mixes and have the same results for making cookies?

  2. These looks really good. Do you think you could make a smaller cookie using only one tablespoon of dough per cookie? How much would you adjust the cooking time?

      1. 5 stars
        thank you for the quick response. I made these today with a tablespoon of dough and got 35 cookies. 8 minutes in my oven and they were done. They turned out great. thanks for the recipe.

  3. I’ve never been a huge fan of red velvet cake, but I would definitely be willing to try the cookies. I love how pretty they turned out!

  4. This doesn’t look like it’s from a cookie mix, it looks like it was made from scratch! I think it’s convenient to use a cookie mix for red velvet cookie recipes because it definitely takes out the messy part of the prep! These are a must try! It looks so delish!

  5. These cookies are gorgeous! I love the red hue and contrast of the white chips. I bet they are yummy too!

  6. 5 stars
    They look absolutely delicious! I am not very confident when it comes to baking cookies and cakes but your recipe is easy to follow so I will try my best to make this myself .

  7. Red velvet is my favorite! My wedding cake was red velvet! I didn’t even realize you could make red velvet cookies. What a fantastic idea for the holidays.

  8. I have a box of red velvet cake mix in my pantry. I am going to make these cookies for a party I have next weekend.

  9. Red velvet is one my favorite flavors during this season! There’s just something so festive about it! I think this is awesome, and using a cake mix definitely makes it easier for all of us!

  10. My son would love these. He is a sucker for anything red velvet flavored! Red velvet cake is his favorite dessert.

  11. Those look so perfect! I love the red velvet all year round, but hadn’t considered how perfect it would be for Christmas! Got to wrap some up with green ribbon for the neighbors.

  12. 5 stars
    Hands up I love a good red velvet cake, but I have never had it as a cookie and this is something I definitely need to change as they look and sound delicious.

  13. 5 stars
    You had me at starts with a cake mix, but these cookies truly look fantastic! I have been exceptionally busy this year, but still want to bake. Now I have the perfect solution!

  14. 5 stars
    I can’t think of anything red velvet that I don’t like. Adding white chocolate chips makes me want to make these!

  15. 5 stars
    I love red velvet cake, so this should be a huge hit as well! I will admit, I’ve never had anything red velvet with white chocolate chips! That’s definitely a winner!