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Red Velvet Cookie Recipe (From Scratch)

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These red velvet cookies are an easy, homemade soft cookie recipe that you’ll love! I love a good cookie recipe. I’m all about homemade cookies and love trying out new mixes from scratch. I was so excited when a friend brought me some red velvet cookies last month, but to say they were disappointing would be understating it.

I wasn’t in love with how the bakery made them. There was something missing from the batter. It lacked pizzazz. I wanted to come up with an amazing red velvet cookie recipe to satisfy that unmet expectation – and I think I did.

If you love red velvet as much as I do, you will also want to check out my no churn Red Velvet Ice Cream recipe — it’s made with real chunks of red velvet cake and cream cheese sprinkled throughout the batter.

Pan of red velvet cookies

Red Velvet Cookies:

These red velvet cookies have a crackled, crunchy exterior with a soft, chewy, moist interior. The chocolate flavor is rich and well-developed — which is not always the case when it comes to red velvet anything.

They get their rich red flavor from food coloring, but I have used natural food coloring as well, as I did with these red velvet cupcakes. Can you guess what I used to get them naturally red?

When testing, we topped a couple of the cookies with some cream cheese frosting, but I much preferred having these without the frosting for ease and so they could stay outside of the fridge — allowing the outsides to stay crunchy rather than going soft in the fridge.

Instead, I dusted mine in white sugar for a bit of glitz and just a hint of sweetness.

red velvet cookie batter being mixed

Red Velvet Cookies Ingredients You Will Need

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring

red velvet cookie batter rolled into balls on cookie sheet

How to Make Homemade Red Velvet Cookies

Combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Then set aside.

Blend the sugar and butter on medium speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the egg, blend completely, then the vanilla, red food coloring, and vinegar.

Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture slowly, incorporating fully. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour or overnight.

Roll the red velvet cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in a small bowl of white sugar to dust.

Red Velvet Cookies in a Stack

How to Bake Red Velvet Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet and bake 8-12 minutes until spread and slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven, cool on the baking sheet for about a minute, and then remove to a cooling rack.

These red velvet cookies are a great option for parties, being that perfect balance of fun for the kids and tasty for the grown-ups. The classic red velvet flavor and color are gorgeous for Valentine’s Day or Christmas parties, and are sure to wow any guests you serve them to!

Like any good cookie recipe, the dough should be refrigerated for at least an hour between whipping it up and baking. You could even leave it overnight, depending on how prepared you are!

Vinegar and cornstarch might sound like odd ingredients to add to a cookie recipe, but the vinegar helps set the red food dye and the cornstarch helps achieve that crunchy-chewy contrast. Just trust me.

You’re going to love these delicious red velvet cookies — enjoy!

red velvet cookie with bite out of it

Red Velvet Cookie Recipe

This fun recipe combines the great flavor red velvet in a cookie form that you will love!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling: 1 hour
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 19kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Instructions

  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Blend the sugar and butter on medium speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the egg, blend completely, then the vanilla, red food colouring, and vinegar.
  • Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture slowly, incorporating fully. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Roll the red velvet cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in a small bowl of white sugar to dust.
  • Place the cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet and bake 8-12 minutes until spread and slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven, cool on the baking sheet for about a minute, and then remove to a cooling rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 19kcal
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Plus, check out this Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe…

A red velvet cheesecake recipe from Spaceships and Laser Beams your guests will beg for.

2 Comments

  1. Hannah Griffin

    May 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm


    I didn’t even know that red velvet cookies were a thing… Now I am obsessed!

  2. Eric Alba

    May 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm


    The kids will love this cookies.

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