Red Velvet Sugar Cookies


Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Submitted by Laura Bergman (Great for Valentine’s Day!)


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. half a brick cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk large
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. red food coloring liquid
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and food coloring and mix on medium speed until combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Mix on medium-low speed until a stiff dough forms (about 30 seconds to 1 minute). The dough should gather itself into a ball and come cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough seems too sticky, try mixing in a little more flour. Roll the dough to 3/16” thick between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut shapes with a 3 inch heart cookie cutter. Peel the shapes from the parchment, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12-16 minutes, or until set around the edges but still a little soft towards the center. Cool completely, then frost with royal icing.