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Frosted Red Velvet Cookie Tower. Delectable red velvet cookies are stacked and arranged to resemble a tree then decorated with frosting and sprinkles. It makes a stunning presentation, fun activity, and delicious dessert!

cookie pyramid with icing


My cookie tree or tower is made with red velvet cookies and frosting. The cookies are dry-stacked (stacked without frosting) in a tree or pyramid form. Some people call it a tower. It’s then decorated with frosting and sprinkles.

Fun. Pretty. Edible. 

frosted cookie tower

This is a combination of a cookie tree and an icebox cake. A cookie tree is a Christmas tree-shaped dessert made by stacking graduating size cookies that have been stacked on top of each other. It’s held together and decorated with icing. An icebox cake is layers of cookies or sweet crackers and pudding or whipped cream. Store it in the refrigerator or icebox.

cookie tree


You can use this concept for different holidays. I think red velvet is a good flavor for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day. 

  1. Gingerbread cookies would be great for Christmas too.
  2. For Mardi Gras, you can use sugar cookies and decorate with purple, green, and gold frosting.
  3. Try mint cookies and green icing for St Patrick’s Day
  4. Oreo typically has a red, white, and blue filled cookie that would be fun as the base for an Independence Day tree

Red Velvet dessert tower

The possibilities are endless. 

This is a fun dessert to make and share with a group. Similar to decorating cookies or gingerbread houses, you can cater this activity to different age groups. If you have younger kids you may want to purchase cookies and just build the tree. For teenagers, let them help with making the cookies, building the tree, and decorating. 

Of course, then you get to enjoy the work of art you created and eat it! 

flat lay of cookie pyramid


Ok, so this is where you have options. You can make cookies from scratch, bake slice-n-bake, or you can purchase cookies. 

  1. Chips Ahoy makes a good red velvet cookie
  2. Sometimes you can find Walmart’s Great Value brand red velvet sandwich cookies
  3. Nestle Toll House has red velvet cookie dough in slice-n-bake, but usually just at Christmas
  4. Or, local bakeries may have red velvet cookies.
  5. You may choose to make homemade red velvet cookies. However, you’ll want to make sure they’re nice and strong.

Red Velvet Cookie recipe and How to build a cookie tree


  1. 115 Red velvet cookies. Make (this recipe is great) or purchase. I used Chips Ahoy Red Velvet Cookies
  2. 7 Ounces Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  3. 7 Ounces Marshmallow Fluff
  4. Valentine’s Day Sprinkle Mix
  5. Neon Pink Gel Food Dye
  6. Edible Gold Spray Dust (optional)
  7. Parchment Paper
  8. 10-Inch Cake Board or cake platter

Red Velvet Cookie recipe and How to build a cookie tree


  • I just use a pie server to serve this tower, starting at the top and working my way down.
  • As well, the middle cookies tend to not have a lot of toppings on them if any. Because of this, I usually have some extra marshmallow fluff, frosting, and sprinkles to drizzle over them when serving, if desired.
  • Also, 115 cookies is 6 packages plus 7 cookies from a 7th package. As you build your tower, you may end up with less or more, depending on how you design it.
  • You can get regular, not whipped frosting and it will work just as well. I liked the cream cheese flavor with the red velvet cookies, but again, any frosting that’s whiter in color will do the trick.
  • The fluff will not drizzle as easily as the frosting, you’ll want to be careful or you’ll get big drops of it that might not look as pretty as you like. An option is to put it in a decorator piping bag and drizzle it. However, it’s hard to mess up this tower.
  • Finally, if you have trouble with the cookies sliding, use a dollop of frosting to place each cookie on the tower, starting with the very first cookie.


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Red velvet cookie tower

Frosted Red Velvet Cookie Tower

Red Velvet Cookie recipe and How to build a cookie tree. Cookies are stacked to resemble a tree then decorated with frosting & sprinkles.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 57 cookies
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  • Lay down a layer of parchment paper and place your cake board in the middle.
    ingredients on counter for red velvet cookie recipe.
  • Put a layer of cookies on the top of your cake board. Line up the cookies along the edge of the cake board and fill in the middle as best you can. It won’t be perfect, that’s ok. This took me roughly 16 cookies.
    assembling a cookie tower.
  • Start stacking the cookies on the outside circle of cookies, placing them over the spaces where the cookies met in the layer underneath them. Do this for five layers total, not counting the first layer on the board.
    stacking red velvet cookies on a platter.
  • Fill in the middle with cookies, making sure things are level as you go. This may take an adjustment or two as you go along. Once you fill in the middle, start placing the cookies again, but move them forward a bit so it makes the tower start shrinking.
    red cookies
  • You’ll notice, with each layer, that the tower starts to naturally shrink down. It will take fewer and fewer cookies to make a layer. After about 3 more layers, your cookie layer should only take about 3 cookies to make. Make three layers stacked perfectly on top of each other, once the layer reaches this point. Shrink the layer down to one cookie and make four layers total with one cookie.
    Red velvet cookie tower.
  • Remove the lid and foil from your frosting and place about 7 ounces in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
    measuring cup with cream cheese frosting.
  • Stir and add a bit of pink neon food dye to it and stir until no color streaks appear. Add more dye and stir until the desired color is reached. I just matched it to my sprinkles.
    measuring cup of pink cookie frosting next to a cookie tower.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle the frosting all over the tower.
    cookie tower decorated with pink frosting.
  • Place your marshmallow fluff in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, pausing to stir halfway through. Using a spoon, drizzle this over the cookie tower as well.
    red velvet cookies decorated with white and pink frosting
  • Immediately sprinkle your tower with sprinkles, taking care to place the larger balls in appropriate spots for aesthetics.
    Red Velvet Cookie recipe and How to build a cookie tree. Cookies are stacked to resemble a tree then decorated with frosting & sprinkles.
  • Spray the dust all over the cake until you’re satisfied. Enjoy!
    red cookies


Serves: About 57 People (2 cookies each)


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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