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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Beautiful crimson, red velvet sugar cookies are cut into the shape of hearts and decorated for Valentine's day.
Course cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5
Author Marye Audet-White


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon red food color
  • Royal Icing for decorating


  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, buttermilk powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • Beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and food coloring until fluffy.
  • With the mixer on low speed stir in the flour mixture until well mixed.
  • Form dough into a disk. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Cut the dough in 3 equal pieces.
  • Place 2 of the pieces back in the refrigerator.
  • Spread a piece of waxed paper on the counter.
  • Sprinkle the waxed paper lightly with flour.
  • Place the dough on top of the floured waxed paper.
  • Sprinkle lightly with more flour.
  • Put a piece of waxed paper over the top, covering it completely.
  • Roll the chilled dough out to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Remove the top layer of waxed paper.
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on a silicone or parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Cookies will crisp as they cool.
  • Decorate as desired.