Red Velvet Cookies

 

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Pretty red and white bakery-style cookies. Vibrant and sweet, red velvet cookies are moist, chewy, and easy to make for the holidays or Valentine’s Day.
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  1. Red Velvet Cookies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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Red velvet cake meets a deliciously moist and chewy cookie. Dotted with white chocolate chips, gorgeous red and white red velvet cookies are perfectly sweet for the holidays or Valentine’s Day. These vibrant cookies taste even better than they look. 

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Red Velvet Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Red gel food coloring or 1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

Substitutions and Additions

Cream of Tartar: If you don’t have this, you can add ¾ teaspoon of extra baking powder instead. 

Granulated Sugar: Light brown sugar would also work for this recipe without too much difference in taste. 

Red Food Coloring: If you’d rather avoid artificial colors, you could opt to color your cookies with a quarter cup of beet juice.

White Chocolate Chips: You could use regular chocolate chips if you prefer, but we think the white ones look pretty and just like cream cheese frosting that you’d find on a red velvet cake.

How to Make This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

FIRST STEP: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly and set aside.

SECOND STEP: In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of ingredients combined in a bowl

THIRD STEP: In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar until combined and fluffy.

PRO TIP: Make sure your ingredients are room temperature to keep your batter an even consistency.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of butter and sugar in a bowl

FOURTH STEP: Beat eggs and vanilla extract into butter/sugar mixture until batter is fluffy.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of ingredients combined in a bowl

FIFTH STEP: Add food coloring and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl thoroughly to ensure the color is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Add enough food coloring to make a vibrant/dark red.

PRO TIP: Add more liquid food coloring, a little at a time, until the batter is a vibrant dark red.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of red food coloring added to the bowl of ingreidnets

SIXTH STEP: Mix the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the butter/sugar mixture.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of ingredients combined in a bowl

SEVENTH STEP: Fold in 1 cup of white chocolate chips.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of white chocolate chips folded into the cookie dough batter

EIGHTH STEP: Use a cookie scoop and place even scoops of dough onto the prepared pans. Leave about 2 inches of space between scoops.

PRO TIP: Leave about 2 inches of space between scoops as the cookies will spread.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of balls of cookie dough placed on a baking sheet

NINTH STEP: Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. 

TENTH STEP: Remove the cookies from the oven. Immediately press a few of the remaining white chocolate chips into the tops of the warm cookies. You will probably have leftover white chocolate chips.

Red Velvet Cookies process shot of cookie dough topped with white chocolate chips

ELEVENTH STEP: Allow them to cool on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.

TWELFTH STEP: Serve once cooled.

How to Serve

The vivid red color, paired with the white chocolate chips, makes these soft-baked cookies a tempting choice for a special Valentine’s Day dessert or as part of a cookie tray at the holidays. Serve them with a glass of cold milk or stay warm with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. 

Storage

AT ROOM TEMPERATURE: Red velvet cake cookies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days.  

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze red velvet chocolate chip cookies for up to three months in an airtight container. Leave to thaw on the countertop until they reach room temperature.

close up overhead shot of a cooling rack of Red Velvet Cookies

Inspired by the classic layered red velvet cake, red velvet cookies are moist, chewy, and much easier to make. The chocolate flavor of the cookies combines with the white chocolate chips to make a delightfully sweet bakery-style cookie. Whip up a batch of these bright cheery cookies to share with friends and family.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store red velvet cookies? 

Red velvet cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days. They can also be frozen for up to three months.

Can I freeze the red velvet cookie dough and bake it later? 

You can freeze the unbaked dough for up to three months. Bake from frozen and add 1 to 2 minutes onto the baking time.

What is red velvet made of? 

Nowadays, the red color in red velvet desserts is mainly created using red food coloring but when the recipe was first introduced, the red was created through a reaction between vinegar, buttermilk, and cocoa in the original recipe.

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close up shot of a plate of Red Velvet Cookies stacked on top of each other

Red Velvet Cookies

Pretty red and white bakery-style cookies. Vibrant and sweet, red velvet cookies are moist, chewy, and easy to make for the holidays or Valentine’s Day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18

Ingredients
  

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Red gel food coloring or 1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar until combined and fluffy.
  • Beat eggs and vanilla extract into butter/sugar mixture until batter is fluffy.
  • Add food coloring and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl thoroughly to ensure the color is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Add enough food coloring to make a vibrant/dark red.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Fold in 1 cup of white chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop and place even scoops of dough onto the prepared pans. Leave about 2 inch of space between scoops.
  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven. Immediately press a few of the remaining white chocolate chips into the tops of the warm cookies. You will probably have leftover white chocolate chips.
  • Allow them to cool on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.

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Notes

  • Make sure your ingredients are room temperature to keep your batter an even consistency.
  • Add more liquid food coloring, a little at a time, until the batter is a vibrant dark red.
  • Leave about 2 inches of space between scoops as the cookies will spread.
 

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