Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Bars

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You only need six ingredients to make these rich and gooey Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Bars.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I can’t resist the red velvet recipes and these bars are a winner.

Only 6 ingredients! Gooey Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars. made with a cake mix.

Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars

This is a simple 6-ingredient recipe, very similar to Gooey Cake Mix Bars.

I made a few changes to make them perfect for Valentine’s Day or for whenever the red velvet craving hits.

As fun as I think red velvet recipes are, I just can’t bring myself to add a whole bottle (or more!) of red food coloring to anything.

So, I like to use a red velvet cake mix for the red layer. Then I don’t actually have to see the red food coloring. I know, I know, it’s all in my head.

Only 6 ingredients! Gooey Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars. made with a cake mix.

These bars are quick to make, less than an hour from start to finish. If there’s one thing I can emphasize about this recipe, please don’t over-bake the bars.

The bars should still look gooey in the center. That’s perfect and will keep them moist. They will set up completely when cooling.

Only 6 ingredients! Gooey Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars. made with a cake mix.

Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, stir together the red velvet cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg. Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth and then beat in the eggs until incorporated.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the red velvet dough. Sprinkle with the crushed sandwich cookies.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 24-26 minutes or until done. Do not overbake. The center should be slightly jiggly. It will firm up when cool.
  5. Cool and cut into bars

For a few more Valentine’s Day recipes that you’re sure to love, try these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies, and Chocolate Covered Red Velvet Cake Balls.

Red Velvet Cookies and Cream Bars

5 from 2 votes
Six ingredients is all you need to make these gooey red velvet cookies and cream bars. A rich red velvet layer is topped with a creamy cookie layer.
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 bars

Ingredients 

  • 1 red velvet cake mix, about 15.25 ounces
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3 eggs divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate sandwich cookies crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, stir together the red velvet cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg. Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth and then beat in the eggs until incorporated. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the red velvet dough.
  • Sprinkle with the crushed sandwich cookies. Bake at 350 F for 24-26 minutes or until done. Do not overbake. The center should be slightly jiggly. It will firm up when cool.
  • Cool and cut into bars

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar · Calories: 214kcal · Carbohydrates: 22g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 8g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 50mg · Sodium: 110mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 18g
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{originally published 2/8/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/13/21}

These other red velvet desserts would also make great Valentine’s treats.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes from Blahnik Baker

Red Velvet Bundt Cake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

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  1. Kara says

    5 stars
    I’ve made these bars twice now! They were a big hit at Hayden’s school when parents made food for the teachers on conference day. And I also made them for a meal at your parents’ house the night before Easter:)