Red Velvet Cookie Bars

Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Adapted from The Recipe Critic 

Red Velvet Cookie Bars

Red Velvet flavored cookie bars topped with rich cream cheese frosting and M&M's® Red Velvet candies


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract OR 2 tsp. vanilla paste
  • 1 TBS red food coloring
  • For Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract OR 1 tsp. vanilla paste
  • 1 cup M&M's® Red Velvet candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13" pan with parchment so edges hang over two of the sides (to make removing cookies from pan easier) and spray inside with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer (I used my stand mixer) cream the butter for a good 2-3 minutes. Add in the granulated sugar and cream for another 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, red food coloring and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture, with mixer on low speed, a little at a time until flour is well mixed with butter mixture. (should form a nice dough, not too soft)
  5. Press dough evenly into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes for until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan completely. While cookie bars are cooling, make the frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, combine 1/4 cup butter, cream cheese, and pinch of salt until light and fluffy with electric mixer. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until spreading consistency.
  8. Frost the cookie bars either in the pan or remove from pan and frost out of the pan. Dot the cookies with M&M's® and cut into squares.

Yield: 32 cookie bars

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Total time: 35 mins.

Tags: cookies, red velvet, M&M's®, Valentine's Day, treat, gifts