Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies w/Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies w/Cream Cheese Icing

Hello again! I have to apologize for missing a post last week (which I’ll talk about in a bit). But before that, let’s talk about these amazingly awesome Red Velvet Sandwich cookies! They are perfect for a certain up-and coming holiday in a few weeks. I just love the deep red colors these bad boys have that meshes well with bright white cream cheese icing stuffed in between! They have a soft but chewy consistency that makes them alllll the more welcoming. It’s honestly the perfect thing to served a loved one for Valentines or any other time of the year.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies Valentines Day

The cream cheese icing is what really gets these guys to shine. Don’t get me wrong, the cookie is chewy and chocolaty and sweet, but the smooth creamy icing that has the cream cheese umph to really make these guys jump to the next level. You can use any recipe that you prefer, but I’ll include a basic one down below that will get ya up and going. As far as placing the icing to make the sandwich I used a medium round tip and icing bag. If you don’t have any tips you can just dollop with a spoon onto the cookie to get the job done.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies Valentines Day
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies Valentines Day

Also, I should iterate here, it really, really, reaalllly helps to chill this dough for like, at least 45 minutes, if not, your cookies may overspread and cause a disaster. Which brings me to why I didn’t get these cookies up this Sunday. You see I had made a first batch of these guys but they just totally fell apart. They overspread and were wayyyy to thing. I mean, they couldn’t even support their own weight. I know how working on baking recipes can be difficult to fine tune but these guys were simply disastrous. I had to re-group and spend some time researching my mistakes and hopefully to learn from them.

My first big mistake was not chilling the dough. I believe the butter in the dough was far too soft so it just instantly melted in the oven and over thinned the cookies. Secondly, I also learned that replacing some of the butter with shortening can actually help quite a bit in preventing over spreading. Lastly, I believe my oven was set just a tad bit too low. This again, melted the cookies more before it cooked them.

So, with a few moments of oh crap, and a moment of ‘why not just make them into cookie dough balls,’ I figured I needed to give it another shot (with some encouragement from Hayley of course). So I spent some time looking into it and I believe this recipe here really strikes the perfect balance of chewy to softness that I originally had gone for. I’m all up for making mistakes if the second round ends up turning out as good as these boys did. Let me know what ya think down below, and of course, if you have any questions, ask away!

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies Valentines Day
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies Valentines Day

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

January 31, 2018
: 9
: 20 min
: 14 min
: 1 hr 34 min
: Easy

Soft,chewy and sweet red velvet cookies filled with amazing cream cheese icing.


  • 1 1/2 cup of All-purpose Flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T milk
  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • 1.4 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red Food coloring
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1 recipe of cream cheese frosting
  • Step 1 Begin by creaming together the butter, shortening, white and brown sugar on a mixer at medium speed. Should take about 3-5 minutes.
  • Step 2 Beat in egg, milk and vanilla extract into mixture until fully combined. Mix in red food coloring (start with a few drops at a time) until desired color. Keep in mind the cocoa and flour will change the color here (you can add more coloring later)
  • Step 3 In separate container. sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Step 4 Mix flour mixture into other mixture until well combined. Cover and chill at least 45 minutes.
  • Step 5 Set oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheet (or use parchment paper)
  • Step 6 Take about 1.5 tablespoons of cookie dough and form into balls. Place 9 cookie dough balls per sheet, evenly spaced.
  • Step 7 Bake both trays in oven for 5 minutes then flip and rotate trays. Cook for an additional 5 minutes then flip and rotate again. Cookie for 2-3 minutes or until toothpick in the center comes out mostly clean.
  • Step 8 Top a few white chocolate chip morsels to half of the cookies. These will be the ‘top’ cookies. The remaining cookies without morsels are the ‘bottom’
  • Step 9 Let cookies cool on tray for 5 minutes then move to cooling rack until cool.
  • Step 10 Once cool, using a medium round tip and pastry bag, add a layer to the bottom of the ‘bottom’ cookie. Place the ‘top’ cookie on top to make a sandwich.
  • Step 11 You can store these in an airtight container for a day or two and they will still be delicious.
  • Step 12 Enjoy!


Cream Cheese Icing

January 31, 2018
: 10 min
: 10 min
: easy

Easy cream cheese icing


  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 T milk
  • Step 1 Cream butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth then slowly add the powdered sugar until incorporated.
  • Step 2 Add milk (start with 1 tablespoon) and vanilla extract. Beat in until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if icing is too thick.
  • Step 3 Finish by beating on high for a few minutes to incorporate some air to make more fluffy.
  • Step 4 Keep chilled in airtight container
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14 thoughts on “Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies w/Cream Cheese Icing”

  • Oh man, I have totally been there, Matt. I absolutely love to bake, but I’ve had those moments when I open the oven and just go “oh crap.” Glad you stuck with it for this recipe as red velvet cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’m totally on board here, and I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting with red velvet anything. *virtual high five* to Hayley for sending you back to the drawing board here! 🙂

    • The first batch I had a suspicion something wasn’t quite right so I literally parked a stool by the oven to observe the horror that was occurring! Not that it helped to continuously open the oven helped the situation but was totally anxious about it. Glad you think they look good!!!

      Haha she totally deserves a big high five for getting me to try again. (between you and me I think she just really wanted to eat em too!)

      Thanks for stopping by David! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Deepika! 🙂 For real though, who would turn down delicious baked goods?!?
      They can be tricky right? so many variables, so much nail biting, but when it’s right, oh its’s soooo good!

  • Oh gorgeous these red velvet sandwich cookies look. And what a bake would this be for valentines too! I am loving all your photographs. Perfect angle every time. Thanks for sharing these.

  • These are too fun! I love cream cheese frosting so I know these would completely and totally scrumptious. Have a great weekend!

  • Haha I have had my share of cookie disasters and and especially if it is for a blog post so I know how you feel. But I love the tips you give for fixing these common disasters and I will definitely use them next time I try out a cookie recipe.
    But these cookies look great Matt…perfect Valentine treat.The cream cheese icing sounds amazing for sandwiching these cookies too.
    Thank you for the great recipe and have a great weekend 🙂

    • Haha cookies can be tricky right? You’ll have to share some of your cookie disasters sometimes too!!! (Or you already have and just need to point me to the post! 🙂 ).

      Thank you so much! I seriously could eat cream cheese on juuuust about any dessert, it’s a favorite!

      Hope your weekend is great as well!

  • I have had so many cookie disasters it’s not funny (often from not chilling the dough enough!)
    I adore the colour of these cookies, they look incredible and oh so tasty! Pinning to make sometime next week I hope. Really glad I found your blog Matt! You have some great stuff on here 🙂

    • Haha I’m sure it won’t be my last disasters either, live and learn, right? Up until this post I never really was too concerned about dough chilling, but here on out, Its for sure a priority!

      Thanks so much though for checking out, this really means a lot. Hope to see you around!! 🙂

    • DEAL! The minute I saw you comment this, I was hoping you’d make such an offer! Hah! Red Velvet really is super awesome, so many possibilities!

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