Decadent and delicious Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are so divine. This is the best of both worlds, a rich colorful treat but with half the time and work of individual cookie.
These red velvet sugar cookies are topped with an incredible cream cheese frosting, that makes insanely delicious. Cream cheese is just an amazing ingredient, it makes so many things taste glorious. From Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos, to Wontons, and Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles, it’s just heavenly.
Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars
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 bar. Topped with creamy goodness, these are going to be you new go to favorites.
These bars though. I can’t believe how heavenly they were! Perfect sugar cookie base. Moist and delicious. And I love anything that has to do with red velvet. The best part. The cream cheese frosting. Wow. You are going to love these bars! And so will everyone around you. I know that red velvet is big around Valentine’s Day, but these are going to be made year round at our house!
Ingredients for Red Velvet Sugar Cookies and Frosting
These red velvet sugar cookies are scrumptious and easy to make. You are going to love how fast this comes together.
- Flour: All purpose flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa: If you have non alkalized cocoa powder, use that, it’s authentic.
- Salt: Balances out the sweet.
- Baking Powder: Rising agent.
- Butter: Bring the butter to room temperature.
- Sugar: Provides the sweet
- Eggs:Gives the cookies texture and lift.
- Vanilla: For flavor.
- Red Food Coloring: For that signature red color.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream Cheese: Room temperature.
- Butter: Should be at room temperature.
- Powdered Sugar: For thickness and sweetness.
- Vanilla: Gives it a bit of flavor.
Making the Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
As easy as cookies but faster and more hands off. These will be a winner when your short on time, but need big flavor and big wow factor. Red velvet makes everything just a bit more special.
- Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9×13 inch pan ready.
- Mix: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Set aside
- Cream: In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 min.
- Add: Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
- Combine: Add the flour mixture until soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 pan.
- Bake: 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.
- Frost: Wait till it’s completely cool before frosting.
- Make the 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.
Tips For the Best Red Velvet Cookie Bars and Cream Cheese Frosting
These heavenly cookie bars are a cinch to make, but the results are going to be a wow factor.
- 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: The butter and cream cheese should be brought to room temperature naturally, not in the microwave. This will ensure the creamiest texture and the butter and cream cheese will incorporate more evenly.
- The Batter will be thick: 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!
- Top it: Use your imagination to decorate them, use sprinkles and candies to make them festive, for whatever holiday or occasion.
- Store: Store these red velvet cookies in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days, however I bet they won’t last that long.
What is Red Velvet?
These sugar cookies are a spin off from the iconic cake. The history of Red Velvet is actually complicated, but then again so is the cake. For many it’s a bit of mystery to what it actually is and tastes like. So let’s start with the cake.
- What is Red Velvet Cake? Red velvet despite what many may think, is not a chocolate cake with food coloring. Yes it has cocoa in it, but not to the amount of a chocolate cake, in fact you can hardly taste the cocoa usually. It’s very mild if you can. It’s actually quite different from most other cakes all together. Most cakes have water in them, or milk. Red velvet has buttermilk and vinegar creating a light soft texture.
- Where did it come from? There is debate to when and how red velvet came to be, but they can all agree it came into popularity around the late 1930’s.
- Why is it Red? Back when it first was created, dutch cocoa was used, which when mixed with vinegar, baking soda and buttermilk a cool funky color change happened. The cake went from brown to a reddish brown. Not exactly the vibrant reds of today, but still red. Most of today’s cocoa powder, however, contains an alkalizing agent that neutralizes a lot of the acidity and, in turn, the color changing properties. Today food coloring is usually added to give its bright color.
- What does it taste like? Good question. If you ask people what a red velvet cake tastes like, you’ll get several different answers probably. It will have flavors of sweet vanilla, tangy buttermilk, mild cocoa and butter.
- Cookies: These red velvet cookie bars skp the vinegar and buttermilk, but we add in the cocoa for that mild cocoa flavor and of course sweet vanilla. You are going to love them.
More Red Velvet Loving Recipes
Red velvet is a fascinating and flavor and treat. It’s red, which is cool, and the flavor is something so delicious, yet so hard to describe. It’s perfect for Christmas or Valentines Day or any other special occasion. It just seems to make everything a little bit more special. And as always cream cheese frosting and red velvet are meant to be together as much as possible.
- Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Simply Amazing Red Velvet Cake
- Red Velvet and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Easy Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling
Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 1/3 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 one 1-ounce bottle red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 2 8 Oz cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9x13 inch pan ready. I like to line mine with aluminum foil 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 9x13 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!
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.