Warm Vanilla Sugar got a facelift! And a dang pretty one at that.

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

I’ve been thinking about changing the blog to look a little more “me” for a while now, and was so excited when Erin and Melissa launched their new site Wooden Spoons Kitchen. I think I e-mailed them the same day they posted about their new company and am so happy I chose to work with them.

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

New things you’ll see on the site? A ridiculously pretty recipe page, printable recipes (bare with me while I go through the archives), social media buttons, a new logo, and (most importantly) a sassy style! I am FREAKING OUT! So much excitement in this house today.

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

To celebrate I thought I’d treat you to a fancy sweet treat just in time for Valentine’s Day. My sweetheart and I don’t do gifts on the 14th, but like to have a lovey-dovey meal at home (pizza…obviously) with a light dessert. I hope you have a fabulous night with your loved ones (whether it be your partner, friends, or pet)! I’m sure going to enjoy these cookies. I got the recipe straight from How Sweet It Is and only changed the frosting recipe slightly.So get those ingredients together…


Roll into balls…

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

Bake for 5 minutes, leave a thumbprint, and then bake again.

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

Remove and let cool completely.

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

This is where the frosting comes in. Sweet goodness!


Frost cookies, and then top with cute sprinkles!

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting



Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies with Marshmallow Frosting

Yield: approx. 20-24 cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons red liquid food colouring
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • Cream Cheese Marshmallow Frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk, if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy (scraping the bowl when needed), for about 3-4 minutes. Add in egg yolk and vanilla, and beat for another 1-2 minutes until combined. Add in red food coloring (note: I used liquid coloring, if you use gel you may need more/less) and mix until color spreads. With the mixer on low speed, stir in the flour mixture and gradually increase the speed for the dough to come together, again scraping down the sides to combine. One batter has come together, fold in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Roll into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter and set on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven and gently press your thumb into the center of each cookie, creating a dent. Place the cookies back in the oven and bake for 5-6 more minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
  4. For the Frosting:
  5. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of electric mixer until creamy. Add in fluff and beat for 2-3 minutes, then add in vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated.
  6. Once all the sugar has been added, beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. If mixture if too runny, add a bit more sugar. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk one teaspoon at a time.
  7. Frost cookies, then top with shaved chocolate or sprinkles (optional).


Adapted from How Sweet It Is


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39 Responses to Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies with Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    love the new site! these cookies look incredible!

  2. I love these cookies! I’m a red velvet junkie these days, and marshmallow makes everything better. Your site looks gorgeous, Katrina! xo

  3. The site looks lovely! I’m considering going over there to get a little work done myself… 😉 But only if I can get one of these cookies first!

  4. Congrats on the new site design! It looks great as do your thumbprint cookies. I’m such a sucker for red velvet.

  5. Amanda says:

    Beautiful cookies!!! That frosting is making me a little dizzy… must make some now!! 🙂 And your site is lovely!

  6. Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorites. MmMmmMMMMMmmm

  7. GORGEOUS NEW SITE!!! cookies look great too 🙂

  8. Nanny says:

    Love your new site Katrina as well as all your comments and recipes. Just reading them seems like your in my kitchen. 🙂

  9. Love the new designe! And these cookies are definitely calling my name!

  10. Deborah says:

    Well, you know how much I love red velvet!! And I’m in love with the new design, too!!

  11. These are so lovely! Great new design, too!

  12. Maggie says:

    Love the new look! I’ve been thinking about changing my site for awhile now too – maybe I’ll check those guys out. Cookies look yummy!

  13. Tracey says:

    The new site looks amazing Katrina, I am in love with it!! I haven’t made any red velvet treats for Valentine’s Day and these cookies are calling to me. They look fab!

  14. OMG I love the new site!! It’s beautiful and I’m not surprised that you’re excited 😀 And these cookies look lovely – and I love all things red velvet.

  15. Your site looks fabulous, Katrina! So exciting!

  16. Kathryn says:

    Your new site looks gorgeous – it’s so perfect for you!

  17. Yum! These looks delish. A perfect combination of two already magnificent sweets… choc chip cookies and red velvet cupcakes 🙂

    Great site!

  18. I love the new look! So beautiful!

  19. Erin says:

    Love the new look!

  20. Love the new site! The cookies also look amazing!

  21. Tracy says:

    Ahh, such a pretty new layout! I’ve been so behind on everyone’s blogs lately, so I’m just catching up now. Love your new style! 🙂

  22. Joanne says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of going to Erin to redo my site and switch it over to WordPress since I LOVE their looks. your site looks gorgeous! Okay…I need to do it!

    And these cookies. I need them in my life. red velvet FTW!

    • katrina says:

      hahaha I just had to Google what FTW meant…oh boy. And YES! If you’re going to hire anyone, Erin and Melissa are the way to go. They are amazing!

  23. Lucy says:

    Congratulations on your new design! These cookies are adorable, the icing sounds divine!

  24. Your new site design is lovely, congratulations on the upgrade!

  25. Zuzana says:

    That looks great! I like red velvet sweets:)

  26. sarah says:

    The new site looks lovely!

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