Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies #fbcookieswap

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Have you heard of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?  You haven’t?  This is the 3rd year for the cookie swap, and with 619 participants in 8 countries this year, we teamed up with Cookies for Kids Cancer and raised over $13,000. 

Each food blogger received 3 mystery names to send their cookies to – boy oh boy did I get some yummy cookies.  Plus it was so much fun getting 3 little packages filled with goodies.  Of course the best part was knowing that we were able to raise $13,000 to help children with cancer, and hopefully those funds will help to brighten their holidays!

With my crazy holiday schedule I selected a cookie I know is delicious and quick and easy to prepare.  Living in St. Louis, Missouri, home of the Gooey Butter Cake I opted to make Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies.  You might recall this past summer I made Gooey Butter Cookies with Coconut and Dark Chocolate Chips.  Both gooey and velvety, you just can’t beat them!  I thought the Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies would be perfect for the holidays since they’re red.

If you need to add more cookies to your party table, bring dessert to a party or going to a cookie swap, try these – everyone will love them.

Thanks to Lindsay of Love&OliveOil and Julie of TheLittleKitchen for hosting

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Here’s the recipe, I hope you love them too……..

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies


  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar


  1. Combine cake mix, cream cheese, butter, egg and vanilla with an electric mixer.
  2. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. With a cookie scoop or teaspoon, take batter and roll into a ball - walnut size.
  4. Roll in powdered sugar and place on parchment or foil lined cookie sheet.
  5. Place cookies in a preheated 350F degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to slightly brown.
  6. Remove from oven.  If desired sprinkle with more powdered sugar and serve.


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  1. I have never made red velvet cookies, but gooey cookies are definitely my favourite! Love your holiday cookie boxes!

  2. Love the idea of red velvet gooey butter cookies! Gooey butter cake should be better known outside of St. Louis – it’s seriously good stuff. Really sweet, but really good! These look wonderful – thanks.

  3. I love how it looks and going through the recipe, sounds pretty simple too.
    It would be so perfect for giving.

  4. I love that a charitable component has been added to the cookie swap! I participated the first year and always regret not signing up for it when all the yummy posts go live. I would have loved to receive your gooey cookies!

    • I would have loved to send them to you. They’re so simple and delish! There will be another cookie swap next year. It was fun receiving them in the mail. Plus I made some new blogger friends which is always nice.

  5. Wow! as Liz said I like the charitable component of this cookie swap. I like the cookies you chose, they are pretty and sounds delicious! But I don’t get how the cancer kids would benefit or you raised money if you exchange the cookies with bloggers?

    • Balvinder I mentioned the same thing actually when I went to ship the packages. I would have preferred gifting the dollars I spent on cookies and shipping to the children. When I mentioned this the hosts had mentioned that they were invited to participate and since they had already planned the cookie swap decided it would be nice to ask a small donation to be given to participate. The amount we each donated was $4 something most everyone can afford. However the cost of the shipping exceeded the donation as well as cost for cookies. Had that fee (cost for shipping and ingredient supplies) been asked most would not have been able to contribute I’m sure.

      So they combined both the charity and cookie swap together instead of separately. It worked out fine. Maybe next year people could decide to strictly donate an amount they want, or bake cookies for the swap or both. They had great intentions and it still benefitted the children greatly. Four companies also chimed in and backed the bloggers donations.

      It was a fun project/event.

  6. Hi Vicki, your cookies were great! Thanks for sharing something so yummy! 🙂

  7. Wow this is amazing! 619 participants in 8 countries!! I just read your response to Balvinder. I guess it’s not easy to coordinate such big event but glad it worked out fine. True, shipping is really expensive these days. I sent less than $20 stuff (not heavy at all) to Japan today and it was $65. I almost couldn’t believe it. I feel like it was much cheaper… Sorry digressed. I love red velvet and your cookies look yummy!

  8. How easy is this??? From a package and add a few things and bam they’re cookies. I love it!

    I participated in a swap in Australia this year but there was no charity component. We’re in training, maybe. 🙂

  9. Now it makes sense. It ‘s definitely a fun event.
    Even we do it in our community every year around our Guru’s Birthday and Christmas. I am involved with a free kitchen which organize family baking event, where we bake cup cakes and donate to different shelters in the cities and do the toy drive for kids and collect money for hospitals.

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