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Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies

What is it about red velvet cookies that make my heart skip a beat? The deep fantastic red color? Who knows, but what I do know is that these simple, no fuss, make in about 15 minute cookies are to die for!

Try them for yourself, you’ll see what I’m talking about. As if they are not good enough, I’ve added giant chunks of Dark Milky Way bars to the dough with some cute little mini chocolate chips.

Perfect for your Valentine and even better for yourself, lol! Enjoy friends!

It’s hard to tell by this photo, but this is a red velvet cake mix. It looks chocolate until you start mixing in your wet ingredients.


Add a semi-melted stick of butter to the bowl.

You can start to see the cake mix turning red behind the butter 🙂

Add one nice egg and a couple tablespoons of oil.

How Fabulous is this dough?

Ok, time for these midnight dark Milky Way bars. If you haven’t tried these before, they really don’t taste like dark chocolate and they are soooo much better than the original Milky Ways. Trust me on this one.

Ummmm. Yes please.

They were so photogenic I couldn’t stop taking their picture, lol!

Ok, into the bowl they go.

Add some mini chocolate chips right on top and give a good mix.

Scoop nice scoops of dough onto your silpat liner. Parchment paper works great too.

Press each cookie flat before baking. I like how they bake much better this way.

Ahhhh, piping hot ready to come out of the oven. Look at that nougat!

This just makes me happy.

….and this too 🙂  Enjoy!


Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies


  • 1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 stick/1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 full size Dark Milky Way Bars
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. Place cake mix, butter, egg and oil into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Cut up Milky Way bars into chunks and stir into dough along with the chocolate chips. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet placing about 1 inch apart. Press each cookie down almost flat about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until baked through. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

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  1. 1

    Jenny the cookies look great and the Milky Way Darks ARE indeed so photogenic 🙂 I love those candy bars and I bet in the cookies they are so good!

  2. 2

    Oh Jenny! These look amazing. Whoa, these are a definite must-make for Valentine’s Day here! (Or at least 2 times before!) 🙂

  3. 3

    Oh my word. I cannot believe how incredible these look! (OK, I can believe it. But still)!

  4. 4

    That color is truly amazing. I have yet to make anything red velvet, but cookies seem like a good way to introduce it into my life!

  5. 5
    Karen Harris says:

    What a cute idea for Valentines Day. I love the color and those Milky Way bits.

  6. 6

    Jenny, these look and sound scrumlicious!! 😉 I’ll be trying these soon!

  7. 7

    These look amazing Jenny!

  8. 8

    These cookies look absolutely perfect Jenny! I love the gooey caramel and nougat bits!

  9. 9

    Ooo, love the gooey-melty milk way centers. Perfecto!

  10. 10

    Those look so good! Perfect for V day!

  11. 11
    Bethany says:

    Definitely making these for Galentine’s Day!!

  12. 12
    Lisa Marcus says:

    Hi Jenny
    looks awesome, but a 15 or 18 ounce cake mix?

  13. 13

    I love the milky ways in there! So perfect!

  14. 14

    these are so festive and perfect for that lovey day!

  15. 15
    Fayeabell says:

    Looks so yummy!!! Want to try a make this but I dont know where to get red velvet cake mix here in the Philippines 🙁 any suggestions? Love your recipes 🙂

  16. 16
    Maria says:

    I want a dozen!

  17. 17
    naomi says:

    Absolutely fantastic looking, Jenny!

  18. 18

    Amazing! I bet these go down so smooth with a glass of milk!

  19. 19
    Tasha Zee says:

    So ready for valentines 😉 delicious!

  20. 20

    These sound so tasty! Love the colour 🙂

  21. 21
    Amanda says:

    Seriously loving these!! You are a rock star!

  22. 22
  23. 23
    marla says:

    Lovely cookies Jenny!!!

  24. 24
    Gaby says:

    looks like my kinda cookie!! and love the dark chocolate milky way addition – good call!

  25. 25

    Your recipes are always the best! These look like another winner 🙂

  26. 26

    It’s nice to have a quick recipe that looks as good as this. And I could use one after watching that Budweiser commercial. I’m still sniffling. Thanks!

  27. 27

    Amazing! Red Velvet is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve made similar cookies from a red velvet cake mix before, but the dark chocolate and caramel from the Milky Way is genius, and probably sends these over the top!

  28. 28

    I LOVE that you used the Milky Way Dark Chocolate Bars in this recipe. You are right they are so much better than the regular Milky Way bars. They are by far one of my favorite candy bars ever. And they look divine in these cookies 

  29. 29
    Amy says:

    I am just pulling this out of the oven! Just a couple of thoughts…. I used an 18.25 red velvet mix and the dough was very crumbly. I’m thinking next time use a smaller cake mix or melt the butter instead of just softening it. Other than that, these are amazing!

    • 29.1
      Kaitlyn says:

      I agree!! I melted the butter but used the 18.25 mix and it was def more crumbly thank I liked. Otherwise, amazing cookie!!

  30. 30
    JanetFCTC says:

    *Drools all over my keyboard* I LOVE Milky Way Midnight (the regular kind is too sweet) and who doesn’t love red velvet treats? So trying this!

  31. 31

    Those Milky Way Darks are gorgeous! I’ve always preferred them to regular Milky ways 🙂

  32. 32

    I’m kind of having 13 heart attacks right now. I’ve never been so happy.

  33. 33

    I can’t get over how amazing these are!!!! Now… I need a batch ASAP.

  34. 34

    Those Dark Milky Way bars are my favorite, these cookies are calling my name!

  35. 35
    Jolie says:

    Hi! So my question today is can you make cookie dough out of any cake mix? I thought about making vanilla coconut cookies with vanilla cake mix and coconut flakes.

    • 35.1
      Jess says:

      I just made lemon cookies with a lemon cake mix, 1 stick of butter, 1 egg, 2 tbsp oil… came out PERFECT! 🙂

      I always make cookies from cake mixes because they always come out soft and chewy instead of crunchy 🙂 SO amazing.

      Vanilla Coconut sounds heavenly!

  36. 36
    Deborah says:

    These look so amazing!! I could go for one (or ten!!)

  37. 37

    wow! This looks amazing! And your photography is amazing! I have to say, i am obsessed with a lot of food blogs, and visit stacks everyday, but I love your blog, and I find myself trying out your recipes all the time. They are simple and they always have extra special bits tucked into them. I am so glad you blog and share! You are the best Jenny!

  38. 38

    ’tis the season for red velvet! I’ve got one on my blog today too 😉 These however, look absolutely incredible – may have to try these this weekend, even though I’ve sworn off making cookies for awhile. you’re a bad influence haha

  39. 39
    Jenna says:

    I love that you used dark choc! Looks dreamy!

  40. 40

    Ooh…pitter, patter goes my heart too! I think I’d be in a whole lot of trouble with these around the house. 🙂

  41. 41

    IT-CAN’T-BE_BAD !!! 🙂

  42. 42
    Jackie says:

    Made these last night and they were a HUGE hit! They are soooo good! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  43. 43

    Perfectly pretty and yummy for Valentine’s day! I think Milky Way bars are photogenic too!

  44. 44
    Sibylle says:

    Milky Way Cookies!! Such fun!!

  45. 45

    these cookies look so good.

  46. 46

    Oh Lordy, these are amazing! Two of my favorite things in one cookie!

  47. 47
    Fanny says:

    Congart’s Jenny, they look amazingly delightful !
    And so original ! I wish I could find this red velvet cake mix here in Europe ..!

  48. 48
    Kiley says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I love your site and am a huge red velvet fan! I am sharing this recipe with my blog tomorrow and will list your site as well. Thank you!

  49. 49
    Taylor says:

    Hey Jenny! I love your recipes! My PTO asked me to make a Valentine’s Day treat for our school’s social, and I had just read your post. So I used some leftover cookies and cream Santas and white chocolate chips to whip a delicious treat! Thanks for the inspiration! =)

  50. 50
    Gerri says:

    hi may i know how many grams of cake mix did you use? and do i have to sieve it first? thanks!!! 🙂 awesome pics n recipes u’ve got there! cant wait to try this out!

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    Elisa says:

    I have to say I was a bit apprehensive about using cake mix for cookies. I haven’t had the best experience with using cake mixes for bases. Buuuuutt these just came out of the oven are amazing!!! The combination of the dark chocolate and semi sweet and the gooeyness of the caramel & nougat oh my!!! Thx for the creation

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    Nikki says:

    The only Red Velvet Cake mix I could find came with a cream cheese filling. I can’t wait for my batch to cool enough to put it on top for a frosting! But the first few cookies are looking SOOOOO good that I just want to burn my tongue and eat them all right now!

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    Lauryn says:

    I just made these they seemed kinda dry to me I am not sure why any ideas? Otherwise very easy recipe.

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    Kelly Farmer says:

    Just a note, I made these today…SOOO GOOOD! I made this with a smaller cake mix, 16.5 and I melted the butter based on the feedback…results are AMAZING!! Thank you!!

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    Jesse says:

    I had a problem with some of the caramel getting rock hard, almist burnt. I tried 9 minutes at 400 degrees and was much happier with the texture. I used a red velvet cupcake mix though, which was 12oz…so I think my mix was off a little. Runnier than intended.

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    Jen says:

    I made these and they turns out terrible! I followed the recipe exactly as how it said and they turned out awful!

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    Rachel says:

    I made these for a Christmas cookie swap and they came out delicious! Big hit…thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  81. 81
    Terry says:

    Hi! My cookies came out crunchy when cooled completely. Am I just baking them too long? Or is it possible to overmix cookie batter?

  82. 82
    Gail B says:

    i cannot wait to try these!!! Red Velvet cake is my favorite, so this is a must make!! Yummmm

  83. 83
    Najwa says:

    Can I make these with my red velvet cake recipe or do i need to use cake mix?

  84. 84
    Stephanie says:

    These are AMAZING!! I make these cookies every Christmas and 4th of July – they are by far my family’s favorite! I do a triple batch and increase the Milky Ways by about 50%. They are ridiculously easy and SO SO SO good!!

  85. 85
    Shawnee says:

    Mine were only in oven 10 min. they did not cook pretty but melted in large candy globs. they were not very tasty either.

  86. 86
    Kathy says:

    The first time I made these, I thought they were too sweet and one dimentional. I made a few minor adjustments and I now think they are fabulous!

    I added a tablespoon of espresso powder and a 1/4 tsp of salt. I used richer chocolate chunks instead of the mini chips. To topthem off, I drizzled melted whit chocolate on top. Beautiful and delicious! You’d never know they started from a box cake mix!

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