Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

These red velvet cookies start with a cake mix, making them super quick and easy to prepare! The soft dough makes for a delicious cookie!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies recipe
Two red velvet recipes in two days? Are you dreaming? Am I?

Nah. I’m just learning to love red velvet! It’s not that I used to dislike it, it’s just that I used to not know it existed. Sad but true: I was a married woman before I ever had my first taste of red velvet cake.

I’m making up for lost time here. All red velvet, all the time. You feel me? 

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cookies #recipe by

Not sure if y’all remember my gooey butter chocolate chip cookies, but those things went sorta crazy on Pinterest. People seem to have a thing for the words “gooey butter” and I can’t say I blame them. So, I reworked the recipe and turned it into a decadent treat perfect for Valentine’s Day! You should totally try both versions! They’re equally good!

I’m not sure why I only bust the red velvet out for Valentine’s Day. I mean, it’s a delicious flavor that works any time of year.

As I said, I was a married woman the first time I had red velvet…but only barely! My wedding cake was made by my mother-in-law and she surprised us with red velvet. It was such a delicious cake and I can never eat the bright colorful cake flavor without remembering that day. Aaaaand, of course I smashed it all up in my husband’s beard, because I’m a total jerk. He got me back, though. Because of course he did.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies #recipe | Perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day and it starts from a box of cake mix!

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Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies


1 box Red Velvet cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the cake mix and beat until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the top is set, but the center is still gooey.
Cool on a wire rack.



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88 Responses to “Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies”

  1. Paige December 16, 2013 @ 5:56 pm (#

    How many cookies does this recipe make?


  2. ??? December 18, 2013 @ 11:05 am (#

    Is there any way I can make the red velvet mix from scratch?


  3. Amanda December 18, 2013 @ 6:32 pm (#

    Thank you for the recipe! Made these tonight and they came out great. They are to die for!


  4. Beth December 18, 2013 @ 8:27 pm (#

    DELICIOUS!!! I made a cookie tray for work with about 5 or 6 different cookies on them and this was everyone’s FAVORITE! SO EASY and scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe! :) :) :) :) :) 5/5 smiley faces!


  5. juliet December 19, 2013 @ 12:43 pm (#

    Just made these and mine are spongey like a cake? Not like a cookie in the slightest? What did I do wrong?


    • Karly replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 11:02 am

      Hi @juliet,

      Sorry you had troubles with this one. It’s hard to say what went wrong. Did you follow the recipe exactly? These should be somewhat dense and slightly gooey, so I’m not sure why they would be spongy.


  6. Lindsay December 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm (#

    Really wasn’t impressed with this recipe. It seemed they were having an identity crisis, cookie or cake? They were dry and spongey. The batter was rather difficult to work with too.


  7. Emma January 25, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#

    Red velvet cookies are so TASTY. I think the butter cookies were yummy, but it
    was a year ago so I don’t remember.


  8. Ayesha February 3, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#

    I made these for a superbowl party last night and they were a hit. I have to admit the first bite wasn’t all that great but the second made me not want to stop eating it!! I will definitely pass this one on.


    • Karly replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 10:13 am


      Glad you liked them!


  9. Hawa wague February 8, 2014 @ 8:56 pm (#

    I am so excited to make this recipe the cookies look so moist and decadent . The recipe says to add in the cake mix , does that mean to add it straight out the bag or make it into a batter and then add ?


  10. Nicole March 1, 2014 @ 7:35 am (#

    Unsalted or salted butter?


    • Karly replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 10:27 am


      I use salted, but either is fine.


  11. kris March 31, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#

    Didn’t turn out for me at all! Second time I have tried to make cookies using cake mix and didn’t like either. Cakey/spongy, dry….mix so thick couldn’t stir…followed directions to a T.

    Thought maybe I was cooking too long so tried, cooking less time but then they just tasted doughy. Wanted to share these but can’t…maybe just throw them away. :(


    • Karly replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 9:02 am


      Sorry to hear that! Cake cookies are definitely a different taste than regular, so maybe they’re just not for you.


      • Kris replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

        @Karly, That is probably it! The pics make them look like regular cookies. Live and Learn!


        • Karly replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 6:47 pm


          Love that attitude! :)


  12. Ashley October 22, 2014 @ 12:46 pm (#

    This might be a stupid question but when you say add cake mix is that just the powder or do I combine everything on the box and then mix it into this recipe?


  13. Shelley November 22, 2014 @ 7:19 pm (#

    Do you make the cake according to the box first or just add the cake mix to the butter and cream cheese?


    • Karly replied: — November 25th, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

      You just add the dry cake mix to the butter and cream cheese.


  14. Brittney October 29, 2015 @ 3:17 pm (#

    Can I make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it over night?


    • Karly replied: — October 30th, 2015 @ 11:44 am

      That should work fine.


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