Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars

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These decadent red velvet sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting are so divine. This is the best of both worlds, all the goodness of red velvet cake in an easy-to-make cookie bar form.

Red velvet is one of my favorite dessert flavors. It’s rich and chocolatey with the best hint of tang! If you love it as much as I do, here are a few more recipes you need to try: red velvet cheesecake, red velvet pound cake, and red velvet white chocolate chip cookies.

Hero image of 2 cookie bars stacked on top of each other.

These could quite possibly be the best cookie bars that I have ever made. They’re thick, dense and slightly crisp on the edges. It’s a perfect cross between a cookie and dessert bar. Topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting, these are going to be you new go-to favorites. They’re everything you love about red velvet cake but in a moist, fudgy dessert bar form. Psst- they’re also a great option for Valentine’s Day!

These bars though. They’re so moist and heavenly! The tangy flavor of the cream cheese frosting perfectly complements the sweetness of the red velvet, making every bite a burst of flavor in your mouth. These sugar cookie ebars are so good, you’ll find yourself reaching for another one before you even finish the first! Perfect for a sweet snack, a party dessert, or even as a special breakfast treat, these bars are sure to become a favorite in no time. So go ahead, give them a try and taste the yummy goodness for yourself!

These red velvet sugar cookies are scrumptious and easy to make. You are going to love how fast both the cookie bars and frosting come together. If you’re looking for exact measurements, they can all be found in the recipe card below.

  • Flour: All-purpose flour works great here!
  • Unsweetened Cocoa: If you have non-alkalized (also known as Dutch process) cocoa powder, use that!
  • Salt: Balances out the sweetness of the cookie bars.
  • Baking Powder: A necessary rising agent.
  • Butter: Bring the butter to room temperature before using it. This way, you will end up with a smoother batter.
  • Sugar: Just regular granulated sugar works fine!
  • Eggs: Give the cookies texture and lift.
  • Vanilla: Adds a little extra flavor. Use pure vanilla extract if you can!
  • Red Food Coloring: For that signature red color.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so your frosting ends up nice and smooth.
  • Butter: Should also be at room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar: For thickness and sweetness.
  • Vanilla: Adds an extra pop of flavor!
6-photo collage of cookie bar batter and frosting being prepared.

As easy as cookies but faster and more hands-off. These will be a winner when you’re short on time, but need big flavor and big wow factor. Red velvet makes everything just a bit more special! These sugar cookie bars almost look too good to eat.

  1. Preheat Oven, Prep Pan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9×13 inch pan ready. I like to line mine with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Then set aside.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
  4. Combine and Bake: Add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before frosting.
  5. Prepare Frosting and Enjoy: To make the cream cheese frosting, Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Frost the top of the bars and enjoy!
Red velvet sugar cookie bars cut into squares.

Tips and Tricks

These heavenly red velvet sugar cookie bars are a cinch to make. Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind so they turn out perfectly!

  • Prep Your Pan: Line your pan with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: The butter and cream cheese should be brought to room temperature naturally, not in the microwave. This will ensure the creamiest texture. The butter and cream cheese will incorporate more evenly.
  • Batter Thickness: Don’t panic if the batter is thick, it’s definitely a cookie batter, not a cake batter.
  • Press: When you put the cookie bars into the pan use a spatula to press down evenly. It will bake up nice and chewy and amazing!
  • Add Toppings: Use your imagination to decorate these red velvet sugar cookie bars! Use sprinkles and candies to make them festive, for whatever holiday or occasion you’re making them for! You can also add a drizzle of chocolate or white chocolate sauce for extra decadence.
Closeup of red velvet cookie bars.

Storing Leftovers

Red velvet sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting will last for 3-5 days if stored properly. To keep them fresh, it’s best to store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat them, simply take the bars out of the refrigerator a few minutes before serving to allow them to reach room temperature. This way, they will be nice and soft and taste as good as they did on the first day!

3 cookie bars stacked on top of each other.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars

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These decadent red velvet sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting are so divine. This is the best of both worlds, all the goodness of red velvet cake in an easy-to-make cookie bar form.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 16 Bars

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweet­ened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bak­ing pow­der
  • 1 cup but­ter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9×13 inch pan ready. I like to line mine with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before frosting.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Frost the top of the bars and enjoy!

Notes

Originally posted January 26, 2014
Updated on January 31, 2023

Nutrition

Serves: 16

Calories452kcal (23%)Carbohydrates55g (18%)Protein5g (10%)Fat24g (37%)Saturated Fat15g (75%)Cholesterol86mg (29%)Sodium291mg (12%)Potassium109mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar34g (38%)Vitamin A799IU (16%)Calcium42mg (4%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie bar recipes, red velvet cookies, red velvet sugar cookie bars
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This looks lovely! But I’m from Europe and don’t understand the American measurements for everything, like the 1,5 cup etc. We use grams. I hope you can translate it for me, because I’m dying to make these.

    Lots of love,

    A fan.

  2. Hello! For high altitude baking, it is recommended to increase liquid by certain amounts depending on your altitude. I’m up here at 6000ft! Most things recommend increasing by 1-2 tablespoons at 3000ft, and 1.5 teaspoons for each additional 1000 feet, with water. Eggs can also be used to increase this liquid. In light of the comments for some people stating it’s coming out too dry, do you have any recommendations so I don’t run into this at my higher altitude? Thanks! Excited to make these for my students!

  3. Hi
    Could i get the recipe in grams and mililiters please ? im from the netherlands and i dont understand the american cooking measurements
    thank you!

  4. Just made these for Christmas…and only one word is appropriate…AMAZING!!!! This recipe is perfect…at first I was worried they might be too dry because the dough seemed so stiff and I practically had to shove the last bit of flour in there. But my worries were put to rest after the first glance and then the first bite. These will be a hit tomorrow, and I will for sure make them again…Valentine’s Day, Christmas, St. Paddy’s Day (with green coloring? Lol!). Thank you for this!!

  5. These bars do look pretty but I was disappointed in them. Mostly in the frosting. IMO, the ratio of cream cheese, butter and confectioners sugar is off. The frosting just wasn’t sweet enough. For two 8 oz.of cream cheese, most recipes would call for 1 cup of butter and 4 cups of confectioners sugar. Plus a dash of salt or lemon to bring out the flavor would really help. Cream cheese is expensive and I feel like I wasted 2 blocks of cream cheese. As far as the cookie base, that turned out fine for me. Very red in color and very moist.

  6. These turned out absolutely horrible. I even checked the recipe twice to make sure I did it correctly. Don’t make these. They will be going in the trash. Dry and crumbly and tasted like flour.

    1. Thats interesting because someone just left a comment that said this: These cookie bars were fairly easy to make, and ever sooo delicious to eat! Loved the contrasting textures and flavors. The frosting was amazing and will be my “go to” for cream cheese frosting. My cookie bars turned out very close to the picture, so I was delighted with that.

      I am wondering if there was a problem on your end. These bars are amazing!! One of the best cookie bars and a family favorite. Chewy, delicious and the cream cheese frosting on top is awesome!

  7. Made this recipe today and they were very hard and dry! I will try them again but will increase the butter and reduce flour!

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