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3 Ingredient Vegan Red Velvet Cookies

You can make delicious vegan red velvet cookies with only 3 ingredients. Add some option add-ins to dress them up or eat as-is.

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Having an easy cookie base is a perfect way to make a delicious dessert, and it doesn’t get easier than just 3 ingredients. I found these vegan red velvet cookies to be yummy as is, but you can also dress them up a bit if you’d like.

Why vegan? I found out last year that I am allergic to dairy and eggs. It was definitely a shift to try to find recipes without those two ingredients. Dairy seems to be in EVERYTHING! Luckily, I’ve always loved to cook and make my own recipes, so we’ve been doing a lot of that. And a lot of dairy substitutions for our regular recipes.

Most red velvet cake mixes will be vegan but verify the ingredients. The vegan butter takes the place of the regular butter in cookies, and the applesauce is a substitute for the eggs.

Vegan Red Velvet Cookies Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) red velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
Ingredients for vegan red velvet cookies in stainless steel bowls on a white and grey surface

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Mix the cake mix, butter, and applesauce in a medium mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.

Vegan red velvet cookie dough with a wire whisk in a large stainless steel bowl on a white and grey surface

Use a cookie scoop to spoon out 1 tbsp of dough onto a baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.

Red velvet cookies on a baking stone on a white and grey surface

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to get light brown or hardened.

Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vegan red velvet cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar next to a sifter with powdered sugar and a white and red towel all on a white and grey surface (vertical)

Add-Ins

There are a lot of options for add-ins.

  1. Chocolate Chips: You can add 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips to the cookie dough before baking. Again, if you don’t need it to be vegan and dairy-free, you can use regular chocolate chips.
  2. Powdered Sugar: After the cookies have baked and cooled, dust with a bit of powdered sugar.
  3. Cream Cheese Frosting: Typically, red velvet cookies and cake are topped with cream cheese frosting. If you want to keep these dairy-free, make sure you check your ingredients. I was able to find some store-bought cream cheese frosting without dairy (which did make me question how it’s considered cream cheese!).

Leftovers

Stor remaining vegan red velvet cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for about 5-7 days if you don’t eat them first!

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 3, 2022

Vegan red velvet cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar next to a sifter with powdered sugar and a white and red towel all on a white and grey surface

3 Ingredient Vegan Red Velvet Cake Cookies

You can make delicious vegan red velvet cookies with only 3 ingredients. Add some option add-ins to dress them up or eat as-is.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegan
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Vegetarian
Keyword:
applesauce
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cake mix
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cookies
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red velvet
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vegan
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 20 cookies
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 15.25 oz red velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Mix the cake mix, butter, and applesauce in a medium mixing bowl until thoroughly combined
  • Use a cookie scoop to spoon out 1 tbsp of dough onto a baking sheet, about 1 inch apart
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to get light brown or hardened
  • Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely

Notes

Options:
  1. Add 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips to the batter before baking
  2. Dust with powdered sugar before serving
  3. Drizzle with cream cheese frosting
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Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Vegan Red Velvet Cake Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 218IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Vegan Red Velvet Cookies FAQs

Do I have to use vegan butter?

No, you can use regular butter if you aren’t trying to keep these vegan and dairy-free.

Why unsweetened applesauce?

Even though these are cookies, you want to stick with the unsweetened applesauce. If you use the sweetened applesauce it can be too much. Plus, there are often other flavors, such as cinnamon, in the sweetened applesauce that would change the flavor of the cookies.

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