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Red Velvet Spritz Cookies

I had never come across a red velvet spritz recipe, so I decided to create one. The hint of cocoa makes these taste like red velvet cake. Add peppermint flavoring for a little extra kick. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 8-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, separated, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons red paste food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Nonpareils or sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, food coloring and, if desired, extract. In another bowl, whisk flour and cocoa; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. In a small bowl, mix egg white and water; brush over cookies. Decorate as desired with nonpareils or sprinkles. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Freeze option: Place dough in a freezer container; freeze. To use, thaw dough in refrigerator overnight or until it's soft enough to press. Prepare and bake cookies as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 38 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • Dottie 63
    Dec 3, 2019

    I didn't use the peppermint as I don't really care for it in cookies. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as it is written. I had trouble working with the dough - it didn't press well. I have a press that makes larger cookies, so I didn't get as many, but the taste was good and the cookies looked nice on a tray.

  • Pam
    Dec 5, 2018

    This was the best spritz cookie dough I've every made. Cookies pressed with no problems. In addition the cookies looked festive as I used the pointessia press and the family loved the taste. I didn't use the pepperment extract as I didn't have any,and added a .5 tablespoon more of the cocoa. Adding the cocoa to the mix gave the red a nice deep color.

  • jennalynn90
    Feb 8, 2018

    For 2009funnylady - first, Google is where you look up something you are unfamiliar with, not in a review that people use to determine if they want to try making something. Second - you can find past food coloring at Michaels stores or on Amazon. Most serious bakers like it much better than the stuff you find in your local grocery store. Third - leave a legitamite review when you have tried making the item.Now then - loved this recipe! And I’m not usually a fan of spritz cookies - a lot of times the dough just isn’t easy to work with, and makes just a so-so cookie for the effort. These look and taste amazing!

  • 2009funnylady
    Feb 4, 2018

    What is red paste food coloring? I do not recall ever seeing this in my grocery store. I gave it a 4 rating because they look great and would love to bake if I can find the "paste" food coloring

  • PageRD
    Dec 5, 2015

    This may be the best spritz cookie I've ever made. I substituted almond extract for the optional peppermint extract. The dough was a good consistency for use with a cookie press, unlike many of the recipes I've tried. However, I got nowhere near 8 dozen cookies. Maybe I have a larger press, but I only got about 4 dozen.