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Red Velvet Cookie Cups

by on November 30, 2011 · 7 comments

Cookie, yes! Cake, yes! Frosting — oh, mama! This one has it all. It’s easy, freaking adorable and is so-cute-you-can-eat-it-in-one-bite.

We made these for Pillsbury and we’re seriously better for it! Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cookie Cups
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Add some whimsy to your next get together with red velvet cookie cups.
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Yield: 48 cookie cups
You Will Need
  • 2 (16 oz) packages Pillsbury® Ready to Bake refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix (suggested: Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devils Food)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (1 oz) bottle red food color
  • 2 (12-oz) containers Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 48 mini muffin cups with No-Stick Cooking Spray. Place 1 cookie dough round in each muffin cup. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  2. Using the end of a wooden spoon, carefully press into center of each cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation. Cool completely.
  3. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and red food color with electric mixer on low speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (do not overbeat).
  4. Fill each cooled cookie cup 3/4 full with cake batter. Bake in 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the cake and comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool completely.
  5. Frost tops of cookie cups with cream cheese frosting and decorate with cake crumbs.

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I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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1 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau December 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love this idea! They’re beyond cute, too.


2 Constance Perkins December 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

can i use buttermilk or something else instead of water


3 Joanne December 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hi Constance! You can totally use buttermilk. Any liquid would work.

Thanks! Joanne


4 Sammi December 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

oh wow! What a great idea! I love love love it! Pretty picture too! :)


5 Jen December 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

These are so cute! Can’t wait to make them, thanks :)


6 Nicole November 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi I loveee this idea! But am trying to make it but I don’t get much of the concept and am trying to make these for my family party do you think you can upload a video of how to make these, to be able to make it visually?


7 Joanne November 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

So glad you like it. Not sure we’ll be getting to a video of this particular recipe soon, but it is on our list.


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