Red Velvet Cookies

These Red Velvet Cookies are soft and chewy with the most delicious red velvet flavor. My Red Velvet Cookies recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or whenever you’re craving something sweet!

These red velvet cookies are soft, chewy & dipped in white chocolate. Pictured with a glass of milk.

Holiday time means dessert time, and right now we are all about making delicious Valentine’s Day desserts, like Chocolate Trifles for TwoPink Velvet Cake Roll, and of course these Red Velvet Cookies!

Want more Red Velvet? Try Red Velvet Cake Mix Bars and Red Velvet Brownies.

What is Red Velvet Made Of?

Today, red food coloring is what gives red velvet cookies and cakes their bright red hue. However, when the cake was first introduced the red was brought out by a reaction between the vinegar, buttermilk, and cocoa in the recipe. Bakers would sometimes use beet juice to enhance the red color, but nowadays food coloring is the easiest choice.

A stack of red velvet cookies with a cold glass of milk is the perfect treat for Valentine's Day.

Ingredients

This is a typical cookie recipe so you’ll find mostly common ingredients that you probably have stocked in your pantry already.

  • Butter – I highly recommend unsalted butter for baking. It should be softened to room temperature.
  • SugarBoth granulated white and brown sugar are used.
  • Egg – just one large egg
  • Vanilla extract – for balance in flavor.
  • Vinegar – This is part of the signature red velvet flavor.
  • Red food coloring – You can use the common liquid food coloring, but a gel based food coloring will give you the brightest red color.
  • Flour – I use all-purpose flour. Gluten-free flour has not been tested, but should work fine. Be sure to spoon and measure rather than dipping your measuring cup in the container to get an accurate measurement.
  • Cocoa powder – Red velvet is actually a chocolate flavor with red food coloring, so a high quality cocoa powder is a must!
  • Cornstarch – Helps create a light and fluffy cookie.
  • Baking soda and salt
  • 8 oz white candy melts or white chocolate – for dipping, white chocolate chips work too.
  • Sprinkles – optional, but pretty!

How to Make Red Velvet Cookies

Making these red velvet cookies isn’t too tricky either.

  1. First beat together butter and sugar. I like to use a little brown sugar in my cookies because it makes them extra chewy.
  2. Then add the egg, vanilla extract, vinegar, and red food coloring. Depending on how bright red you want your cookies to be, you can use 2-3 teaspoons of red food coloring. I used 3 teaspoons – and my cookies were very vibrant.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt – and mix in the dry ingredients into the butter mixture about ½ at a time. Adding a little cornstarch makes cookies extra soft – so it’s a definite must in my book.
  4. Finally, form the cookies into balls using a medium cookie scoop and they’re ready to bake. For thicker cookies, you can pop the cookie tray into the fridge for 10 minutes before baking, but for this recipe chilling the dough isn’t necessary.
Use a cookie scoop to make these Red Velvet Cookies

Decorating Red Velvet Cookies

After the cookies are done baking – they take a delicious dip in melted white chocolate and are showered with sprinkles. You could use heart-shaped sprinkles for Valentine’s, red and green sprinkles for Christmas, or even crumble a cookie and sprinkle the crumbs on top.

For the chocolate dip, I recommend Wilton white chocolate melts. The chocolate melts smooth, making it a very easy process.

Whichever way you choose – these red velvet cookies are absolutely delicious. You’ll love the soft & chewy cookie texture, pretty red color, and chocolate dip. And if you’re looking for a delicious recipe for Valentine’s Day then these are definitely for you.

Storage Tips

Storage: Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature and they will remain fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing: Place cookies in a resealable plastic freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Two soft and chewy red velvet cookies dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles.

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Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies are soft and chewy with a delicious chocolatey flavor. Dip them in white chocolate for an extra special holiday treat.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 199kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons red food coloring liquid or gel
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz white candy melts or white chocolate
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar using an electric mixer. 
  • Then beat in the egg, vanilla extract, vinegar and food coloring. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
  • With the mixer on low speed, beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture about ½ at a time. The cookie dough will be thick and sticky.
  • Form the dough into balls about 1 to 1.5 tablespoons in size. Using a cookie scoop makes this much easier.
  • Place the balls 2 inches apart on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the tops are just set.
  • Allow to cool fully.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the candy melts in short 30 second bursts stirring between each.
  • Spread half of each cookie with the candy melts and decorate with sprinkles. 

Notes

Storage: Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature and they will remain fresh for up to 3-4 days.
Freezing: Place cookies in a resealable plastic freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 95mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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Fiona

Fiona blogs over at Just So Tasty where she shares easy, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats. A peanut butter lover, chocolate connoisseur, and sprinkle addict - she hopes to make your life sweeter, one cookie at a time. She also teaches yoga, because life is all about balance.

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    1. Granulated sugar is often referred to as white sugar. Confectioners sugar is referred to as powdered sugar.

  1. This is the third red velvet cookie recipe I’ve tried for my nephew’s birthday, and the first that came out both red and velvety. Everyone loved them – thanks!

  2. These came out FANTASTIC. They’re so soft and almost marshmallow-y, and the sweetness is just right, not too much and not too little. I love them.

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  3. Hi I tried this recipe and it’s absolutely delicious! Super soft. I do have a question though, my cookies didn’t turn out as flat as how you have pictured. After I formed them into a ball they didn’t flatten out as much. What can I do to ensure they flatten how you have them in your pictures?

  4. Delicious!! My daughter just made these, didn’t change a thing, and we just had some awesome red velvet cookies. Recipe yielded 19 with 1 1/2 TBSP scoop…they are chewy and scrumptious!

    1. Hi Rosa, We are working to update the recipes on this site with nutritional information. It’s a lengthy process that takes some time, but we hope to have it for this recipe soon. In the meantime, I recommend checking out myfitnesspal.com as a great tool.