Payton Reed

Red Velvet Cookies

Payton Reed
Red Velvet Cookies

Nothing says Christmas quite like cookies, especially red ones! But to be honest, I will take any excuse to eat these yummy red velvet cookies. My mom has been making them for as long as I can remember and for as long as I can remember I’ve eaten at least 5 at a time.

Something makes this particular recipe very special though. My mom originally got the recipe from Doug Goodwin. Doug is my best friend Jake’s dad and unfortunately he passed away when I was a senior in high school. But leaving behind a recipe like this gives people a tiny piece of you to keep with them, share with others and bring into their home. So that is one reason I adore these cookies. He left behind two pretty great sons as well, so if you aren’t into cookies they’re a close second ;)

This was my first time making them myself and I must say, they turned out pretty delicious! Next time I will make each cookie a little bit smaller, but other than that they turned out perfect!

Side note: This recipe works with any cake mix! I know Doug did chocolate a lot. Lemon is great and so is the traditional yellow cake.

So here’s what you need:

  • 1 Block of Cream Cheese

  • 1 Stick of Butter

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix

  • 1 Egg


And here’s what you do…

I’ll give it you the same way that I received it…in a text message from my mom. Is there anything more #postgrad than that!?


Once you mix the butter, cream cheese, egg and cake mix, let the dough sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes. This is important because they’ll fall apart more easily if you don’t. After that, roll the dough into balls and cover them in powdered sugar. Once you have them situated on the cookie sheet (leave plenty of room in between because they will grow a lot in the oven) bake them for 10 minutes on 350.


When they’re done baking, let them harden for about 10 minutes. Their cake-like texture makes them pretty fragile so you want to make sure they are totally cool before you move them or else they’ll crumble. And we can’t have that!


Finish them off by sprinkling powdered sugar over the top again for the perfect insta aesthetic, since we all know the phone is eating first. Set them on a pretty tray, pack them in cute bags for your coworkers or classmates or just eat them all while you binge watch Netflix Christmas movies, we won’t judge.

Let me know if you try these easy, delish Christmas cookies, compliments of a sweet guardian angel, Doug Goodwin!