Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars


If you love homemade red velvet cake, then you’ll love these sugar cookie bars from scratch with a red velvet twist, complete with vanilla buttercream frosting and sprinkles.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with vanilla buttercream frosting

I couldn’t get through February and not post a red velvet recipe, right? I know, I know. You’re tired of seeing red and pink, and everything that could be turned into red velvet has been turned into red velvet. What if I told you I made a red velvet recipe that appeals to laziness? What if you wanted to decorate cookies but don’t have the time nor energy to cut out shapes? That’s why I made these Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars – red velvet cookies made in a cake pan, topped with vanilla frosting then decorated with sprinkles. The only cutting is into squares that you can serve. You can even mail these bars if your loved ones are far away.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with vanilla buttercream frosting

I do it every year – the holiday passes and I regret not making enough holiday recipes. I didn’t use my sprinkles. I didn’t use my cupcake liners. I didn’t embrace the holiday spirit and always want to dive right into last minute recipe ideas before the next holiday takes place. That’s why you may see pink sprinkles at the end of February as we soon approach St. Patrick’s Day.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with vanilla buttercream frosting

Last year I made Red Velvet Mug Cookies, so this year I took the same dough recipe and turned them into cookie bars. Traditionally, red velvet is paired with cream cheese frosting, but I wanted to mail them, so I used vanilla. If you want to mail them to your loved ones, check out my tips on mailing cookies.

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Yields 12

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies Bars

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweet­ened Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bak­ing pow­der
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted but­ter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
Vanilla Frosting
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkles for decorating


    For the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In another large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes Beat in the egg and vanilla for another minute. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until a dough form (do not overmix).
  4. Press the dough evenly into the pan. Bake about 18-20 minutes or until the edges start to pull away and a toothpick comes out of the center with very few crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat on high until light and fluffy, another 2-3 minutes. Spread onto the cooled cookie bars and decorate with sprinkles. Cut into 12 bars.

Source: Adapted from Cake Artisan (link to site appears to be broken)

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  1. I like it that they are easy to make and they look pretty cute all in red with the deco. We don’t mind red in March and April, Mothers day is coming up too. =)

  2. I can’t get enough of red velvet anything – be it cookies, cake, cake pops,… everytime I have i always remember how I felt the first time I tried red velvet cake: yum! No worries about missing a holiday season and not cooking anythink holidayish… any day is a good day for a treat. ;)

  3. the Bug and I have had a blast making regular sugar cookie bars for Christmas, since he loves to sprinkle but doesnt have the patience for cutouts yet. These are a perfect addition to that recipe. I’ll be pinning for furutre reference (oh, and I am on my ipand and not sure why it will only type caps sorry if that is how it shows up when I submit the comment.

  4. Nothing prettier than the red of red velvet, be it cake, cookies or fabric. :) These are lovely and I love that they are easy.

    (P.S. The all-caps are most disorienting because I don’t whether I have capitalized words that do need capitalization. I can see from Brianne’s comment above that she had the same issue, And I am on my computer.)

  5. I’d like to order a dozen please.

  6. Yes, I like it! You’ve appealed to my lazy side – and she wants to get into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these beauties!

  7. If you only knew how much my husband loves red velvet anything. I’ll have to add this to the recipes I make for him. I’m sure there is a reason to very soon. And I’m a big sugar cookie fan too. This is one that would be a real treat for both of us.

  8. I love sugar cookie bars for that reason – I hate rolling and cutting out shapes! It’s the worst thing EVER. These bars are amazing!

  9. These look crazy good, and so addicting!

  10. These would make a fantastic bakesale item – so many ways you could decorate them!

  11. In my kitchen bars always trump crafty things. These look ridiculously moist! And the perfect red which I have such a hard time achieving. I should try paste coloring. Your blog looks gorgeous Carla!

    • I just used regular liquid food coloring, McCormick I think? But paste coloring would work too (although you would probably only use a few drops) . Thanks Paula!

  12. As an EXTREMELY lucky recipient of these red velvet sugar cookie bars, I can attest to how delicious and addictive they are. I’m normally not gaga for red velvet, but I ate the six Carla was kind enough to send me in only two days :x MAKE THESE, PEOPLE! seriously!

    [and a million thank yous to you, Carla, for making my week! xo]

  13. I am really intrigued at this idea of sugar cookie bars. It sounds much simpler then making the cookies. I really need to have a play around with them.

    • Much, much simpler! Just pat the dough into the pan and bake. I used three kinds of sprinkles, so I just mentally divided the pan into thirds and sprinkled away.

  14. What cheerful bars!!! I want one, and I don’t even like red velvet :)

  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks so festive. I love red velvet cake, but never have had the cookies. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life at and check out some of my family favorite recipes.
    Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  16. I will never be sick of reds and pinks or all things heart themed. These look super delicious. I would like to sink my teeth into at least one.

  17. Good for you for embracing the holiday spirit! These are very pretty!

  18. Great idea to substitute vanilla frosting for the cream cheese since you’re mailing the bars.

  19. Am I supposed to be tired of red & pink? I’m so not, I’m such a girly girl. :)
    I love these Carla, I love the deep, rich red – they look so incredibly moist and wonderful.
    And I love that you can decorate them – so fun!

  20. I can’t let my daughter see these or she’ll be begging me to make them tonight! I will pin to try soon…beautifully done, as always!

  21. The kids at school are going to be all over this – I might do “pink” or “purple” ones for Easter!

  22. These are gorgeous and love that you made your own red velvet mix instead of using a premixed pack. Gorgeous pics !! I want to dig in !!!

  23. haha so much easier than cookies! These would be a hit here!

  24. Great idea for a simplified treat. Red velvet anything is perfect in my book!

  25. Yummy – never get tired of red velvet!

  26. Carla…..these are sooooo pretty! I feel about red velvet, the way I feel about pumpkin in the fall…..I just never get tired of it! I love that the decorations can be changed to suit any occasion. I just may do red velvet on St. Patrick’s day! ;- }

  27. As soon as I read that this was a red velvet recipe that appeals to laziness, I was hooked. You really know your readers, Carla, lol (or maybe it’s just me?). These bars are so gorgeous – I love how festive they look. I may not celebrate Valentines but I LOVE all the pretty decorations and the decadent, rich, indulgent food. This is a fabulous recipe.

  28. Ooh I love the gorgeous color of these bars and the frosting sounds so good!Love the pretty decorations on the top too :) Happy Valentine’s Day Carla :)

  29. Very nice Carla these look delicious!

  30. Yummy! These look like the absolute perfect treats for VDay!

  31. Carla, those look and sound simply amazing!

  32. Loving the red velvet!! So perfect for Valentine’s Day!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  33. Oh Carla, love this! Give my red velvet anything and i’m a happy girl! Love this!!!

  34. Are we sure it’s ok to leave frosting made with butter unrefrigerated? I’m a little worried that it might go bad…

    • Most bakeries have treats with buttercream frosting out at room temperature. If it’s cream cheese, you’ll want to refrigerate it. If you’re still unsure, you can refrigerate the vanilla buttercream.

  35. Shellina says:

    Hi … Just wanted to say these look delicious and I can’t wait to make them. I was wondering would these cookie bars be freezable with the icing on them. Thanks so much for the great recipe. :)

  36. Angie Martin says:

    Making this now! About ready to come out of the oven. Part of a friend’s birthday treat present. She loves red velvet and was looking for something other than a red velvet cake to make her. Thanks for this recipe! She will love it!

  37. Angie Martin says:

    So…I did make these and they came perfect! Huge hit at work. Frosted them with homemade vanilla buttercream and added pink sprinkles. Gorgeous and delicious. Thanks again!


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