Red Velvet Cookie Granola #LMDConnector

I’ve been wanting to make homemade granola for awhile now but I either didn’t have all the ingredients or I ended up making something else.  I went shopping with one of my sons last week and we came across Pillsbury’s Red Velvet Cookies in the refrigerated section.  Immediately my son wanted to try them so I obliged and he put them in the cart.  At first he thought we could make some trifles with them but as I continued to wander down the aisles I had a great idea.  Why not make Red Velvet Cookie Granola?  I’m so glad we did!

Red Velvet Cookie Granola | A Sweet Baker

This Red Velvet Cookie Granola recipe is so easy to make, even your kids can do it.  It’s a one bowl recipe and you’ll be eating it in under 30 minutes!  For the most part, my family ate the granola all throughout the day, a little handful here and there, but we also tried it as a cereal.  This would be perfect for Valentine’s Day morning because it turns your milk pink and the kids get to eat cookies for breakfast.  Not an everyday occasion but I’m sure they’d love it!

Red Velvet Cookie Granola | A Sweet Baker

Last year for Valentine’s Day I made Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns using Betty Crocker’s Red Velvet mix and they turned out so well that I was excited to try the Pillsbury’s Red Velvet cookie mix for this granola.  Since we’ve already ate all of this granola and it’s not even Valentine’s Day, I think I need to come up with some more recipes for my family.

Red Velvet Cookie Granola | A Sweet Baker

Some ideas I have are these Valentine Cookie Pops, these Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies or this Raspberry Mousse Brownie Pie. Whichever one I choose I know my family won’t complain!  They love dessert just as much as I do.

If you’re looking for some delicious and inspiring recipes make sure you visit Life Made Delicious to get inspired!  It’s my place to go to when I need some tasty meals that my kids will love.

Red Velvet Cookie Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Turn Red Velvet Cookies into a delicious granola snack, filled with oats, coconut, pecans and chocolate chips.


  • 1 pkg. Pillsbury Red Velvet Cookie mix
  • 2 1/2 cups large flake oats
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Allow Pillsbury Red Velvet Cookie mix to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine cookie mix, oats, coconut and pecans together. I used my hands as this allowed the ingredients to blend into the batter better.
Spread dough evenly onto prepared baking sheet, breaking up large clumps with your fingers.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Once the granola is cool, break up the large pieces and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips.
Store granola in an airtight container and enjoy on its own or as a cereal.
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Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted make something that I’ve never made before.   I’ve seen so many recipes that include Red Velvet cake that I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  Can you believe that I’ve never tried it before?  Yup, you heard it right.  Never!  I don’t know why I haven’t, it’s just been something that’s never interested me.

But, seeing that Valentine’s Day involves so much red stuff, I went for the Red Velvet…..with cinnamon, of course!

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I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day isn’t a big deal for me.  Sure, I like it when my husband does something sweet or romantic for me, but I don’t get upset if he forgets.  To me, Valentine’s Day should be any day throughout the year when I get to be alone with my hubby and we can forget about packing lunches, driving kids to gymnastics practice, or breaking up fights about who got more dessert!     If those dates happen to involve Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns, well even better!

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns


  • 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 & 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt


In your stand mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add the cake mix, flour, salt and vanilla. Using your dough hook, knead until all ingredients are combined. Move dough to a large, lightly greased bowl and cover. Let sit for about 1 hour. Once dough has almost doubled in size, punch down.
On a clean, floured surface, turn out dough. Shape into a ball, using flour when needed. Roll dough into a rectangle about 10X20 inches. Spread softened butter all over the dough. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Using a sharp knife, start cutting the dough into 1 inch strips from the top (so your strips are 10 inches long). To make the heart shapes, take each end and roll towards the middle. Pick up your strip of rolled-up dough and place on a cookie sheet. Use your fingers to shape into a heart, squeezing the bottom together to form the point. I had a whole left in the center so I filled it with the sugar mixture that fell out on the counter. Place each heart about 2-3 inches apart so they don't touch when baked.
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
While the hearts are baking you can go ahead and make your frosting. In a stand mixer, using your paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until icing is creamy and smooth.
You can enjoy your frosting on warm buns or pipe on hearts once the buns have cooled.
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Recipe slightly adapted from No. 2 Pencil