Red Velvet Cookies

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5 from 13 votes
Red Velvet Cookies are a rich decedent cousin to it's sister the Red Velvet Cupcake but add a crunchy, chewy aspect to this classic chocolate flavor.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Red Velvet Cookies are a rich decedent cousin to its sister, the Red Velvet Cupcake, but with an added crunchy, chewy element. This Red Velvet Cookies recipe will quickly become a classic for the holidays.

Red Velvet Cookies with buttercream frosting on a wooden board

These Red Velvet Cookies have that refined taste that we have come to know and love. In fact, it is a distinctive chocolate flavor that is so delicious.

Many make a red velvet cake mix cookies, but, to be sure this recipe is so easy and the taste is so much better, you will want to make this recipe all the time.

Why This Red Velvet Cookies Recipe Works

Really Red Velvet Cookies are created by a chemical reaction. Therefore, they differ from regular chocolate cookies. Because the vinegar and buttermilk causes the reaction and gives it it’s distinctive red color.

To learn more about Red Velvet, check out this story.

How to Make Red Velvet Cookie Recipe – Step By Step

  • Preheat Oven: First, preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  (Photo 1 below)
  • Blend Dry Ingredients:   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. (Photo 2 below)
  • Mix Wet Ingredients: Then, in a separate bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add the vanilla, vinegar, egg, and food coloring and beat to combine.  (Photo 3 below)
  • Add Cocoa:  Beat in the cocoa powder.  (Photo 4 below)
Step by step instructions for making red velvet cookies
  • Combine Wet and Dry: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until they are combine. (Photo 1 below)
  • Drop Dough: Next, use a tablespoon to scoop out dough and roll into a ball. Place the ball on the baking sheet and press flat with your fingers.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Bake: Place the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is still soft. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.(Photo 3 below)
  • Ice Cookies: Lastly, while the cookies are cooling, make the icing by beating together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth and well combined. Finally, spread over the top of the cooled cookies.  (Photo 4 below)
Step by step instructions for red velvet cookies recipe

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Recommendations for Making These Cookies

Baking Cookies is an art form as well as science. Therefore, there are a few tips and tricks when making these red velvet cookies

  • Soften Your Butter and Cream Cheese. It incorporates better.
  • Measure Your ingredients carefully.
  • Use Parchment or a Silpat so the cookies do not stick
  • Make Sure that your oven is the correct temperature. Use a good oven thermometer.
  • Use a cooling rack. So that your cookies do not overcook.
Red velvet cookies recipe with buttercream frosting on a wire cooling rack

Can Red Velvet Cake Cookies be Frozen?

Store the Red Velvet Cake Cookies in an air tight container in the refrigerator and you can layer them by using wax paper. It is the safest way due to the cream cheese icing unless you are going to serve immediately.

Alternatively, you can freeze the cookies for up to two months in an air tight container. Therefore, you can pull out the amount you need and keep the rest frozen.


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Expert Tips for Making the Best Easy Cookies

  • Chips: Add some beautiful white Chocolate Chips
  • Sandwiches: Add Cream cheese Frosting to the bottom of one cookie and add another to make sandwiches.
  • Sprinkles: Everyone loves a few colorful sprinkles, add red and white!

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Red Velvet Cookies

5 from 13 votes
Red Velvet Cookies are a rich decedent cousin to it's sister the Red Velvet Cupcake but add a crunchy, chewy aspect to this classic chocolate flavor.
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Servings: 12 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Frosting

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add the vanilla, vinegar, egg, and food coloring and beat to combine.
  • Beat in the cocoa powder.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out dough and roll into a ball. Place the ball on the baking sheet and press flat with your fingers.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is still soft.
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, make the icing by beating together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth and well combined. Spread over the top of the cooled cookies

Expert Tips

  • Chips: Add some beautiful white Chocolate Chips
  • Sandwiches: Add Cream cheese Frosting to the bottom of one cookie and add another to make sandwiches.
  • Sprinkles: Everyone loves a few colorful sprinkles, add red and white!

    Estimated Nutritional Information

    Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 919IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

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    6 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cookies”

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks a lot for this very easy and delicious velvet cookies! The kids really loves it and also my friends! Will make it again!

      Reply
    2. 5 stars
      I love red velvet recipes. I like that maybe I can control the portion but……doubtful. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

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