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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Soft and delicious red velvet cake mix cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips in every bite. Ready in less than 30 minutes with only a handful of ingredients, they will become a new holiday favorite!

Other cake mix cookies we love include ooey gooey butter cookies, funfetti cake cookies and chocolate chip cake mix cookies!

Red velvet cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips.
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Cookies with Cake Mix

I always look forward to making Christmas cookies during the holidays. These red velvet cake mix cookies are a favorite, as well as ginger molasses cookies, easy pistachio cookies, and snickerdoodles.

These cookies are the best yet! So soft and moist, with amazing flavor and a festive holiday red color. Load them with white chocolate chips or roll them in powdered sugar and they will melt in your mouth just like Mexican wedding cookies.

Now you have gorgeous decadent cookies for your Christmas dessert board plus they would also be perfect for an easy Valentine’s Day dessert!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy: Simple red velvet cookies using cake mix means a delicious dessert even when you are short on time!
  • Festive: Their bold red color makes them perfect for holidays such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
  • Tasty: They do not taste cakey, in fact everyone will think you baked these cookies from scratch!
  • Simple for the kids: If you have little helpers at home, this recipe is perfect for them to assist with as there is only a few steps!

Recipe Ingredients

These red velvet cake cookies are as simple as they get with only a few ingredients.

Butter, cream cheese, cake mix, egg, butter, vanilla.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Red velvet cake mix: You’ll need 1 box of your favorite red velvet cake mix. My favorite brand is Duncan Hines.
  • Cream cheese: This adds a creamy texture and rich taste. Make sure to soften the cream cheese before using.
  • Butter: Softened butter works best.
  • Egg: You only need 1 large egg to make this recipe. You can disregard how many eggs are required on the box of cake mix.
  • Vanilla: Using high quality vanilla extract will give you the best flavor.
  • White chocolate chips: These pair perfectly with the rich red velvet flavor and add a burst of sweetness in every bite.
  • Powdered sugar (optional): This is for coating the outside of the cookies. It makes them melt in your mouth and adds another subtle layer of sweetness.

How to Make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

All you need is one bowl and your electric mixer for this red velvet cookie recipe! Using a cake mix makes them as easy as can be.

A collage of photos showing how to make red velvet cake mix cookies.
  1. Mix ingredients together. Start by creaming together the butter and cream cheese first in large mixing bowl, then add in the egg and vanilla and stir. Mix in the cake mix until a thick dough forms.
  2. White chocolate chips: Gently fold in the chocolate chips and stir to combine. If your cookie dough seems too sticky, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll dough: Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are set. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack.


Feel free to make this recipe your own!

  • Frost: Try frosting the tops with a rich cream cheese frosting or make sandwich cookies!
  • Dip: Dip half the cooled cookie in melted white chocolate.
  • Add-in’s: Instead of white chocolate, use your favorite chocolate chips, M&M’s, peppermint chips, or chopped candy bars.
  • Different cake mix: You can also use any type of cake mix to make this recipe. It works great with devil’s food, white cake mix, or yellow cake mix!
Red velvet cake mix cookies on counter.

5 star review

I don’t usually make things that aren’t from scratch, but I had so many kinds of cookies on my plate (literally!) to bake this holiday season that I decided to add these to the mix for an easy change. They turned out fantastic, looked beautiful, and taste great. Thanks for the nice cake doctoring!

– Mark

Cake Mix Cookies Baking Tips

  • Sticky dough. Cake mix cookie dough can sometimes be a bit sticky, so it helps to chill the dough for about 30 minutes before rolling to make it easier to work with.
  • Cookie scoop. I like to scoop out the dough with a cookie scoop, then roll into a ball with my hands. This ensures they’re all evenly sized.
  • White chocolate chips. You can always leave out the white chocolate chips, but I love the extra flavor and depth they add. I like to add a few more on top right before baking to make them extra pretty.
  • Powdered sugar. Even though optional, it makes the best melt in mouth cookies. I recommend to coat in powdered sugar twice. Once before baking and then after they have baked and cooled.
  • Don’t overcook. Take them out once they’ve set in the middle. You don’t want them to brown. The bake time is usually between 10 to 12 minutes.


Can I use gluten-free cake mix?

If you can find gluten-free cake mix that is red velvet, I think that would work! It has not been tested, though, so I can’t say for sure.

Can I use cake mix with pudding?

You could try, but your cookies will be very soft and might spread a bit.

How can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Make these easy cookies even easier by mixing up the dough ahead of time! Just freeze the individual cookie balls and when ready to bake just add an additional minute or two.


  • To store: These cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 or 4 days.
  • To freeze: Once the cookies have cooled, place on a cookie sheet and flash freeze until hard (about 30 minutes). Then transfer to a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw on counter for about 2 hours prior to enjoying. Once thawed, I would recommend sprinkling with a fresh dusting of powdered sugar before serving.

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red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Soft and delicious red velvet cake mix cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips in every bite. Ready in less than 30 minutes with only a handful of ingredients, they will become a new holiday favorite!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 30



  • 15.25 ounce package red velvet cake mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • ½ cup butter , softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar , for rolling (optional)


  • Heat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer until fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Then add cake mix and continue mixing until a dough forms (it will be thick). Fold in white chocolate chips.
  • If desired, place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, form one-inch dough balls and roll into powdered sugar to coat.
  • Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until centers are set.
  • Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Then dust with more powdered sugar if desired.


Dough: If the dough is too sticky, try refrigerating it for 30 minutes prior to rolling to make it easier to work with. 
Storing: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.
Freezing: Flash freeze on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes (or until hard), then transfer to freezer container and store for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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Originally written by Tidy Mom for I Heart Naptime.

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