These classic red velvet cookies are thick, chewy and gooey. They have the perfect texture and best flavor. This recipe takes less than 25 minutes from start to finish. No dough chilling required! These cookies are great for holidays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July and birthdays!

Red velvet cookies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These red velvet cookies are quick and easy.
  • They are bursting with flavor.
  • This recipe is fun and festive for the holidays.
  • No dough chilling required.
  • Made without cake mix.
  • Everything is made in one mixing bowl.
  • This recipe can be made with gluten free 1 to 1 flour or all purpose flour.
  • They have chewy edges and a soft gooey center.
  • Check out these Levain Bakery cookies for another fun dessert!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for red velvet cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use cold butter straight from the fridge. Do not use softened or melted butter. Cold butter prevents the cookies from spreading too thin while baking.

Both brown sugar and granulated sugar help sweeten these cookies. I have not tried this recipe using a sugar alternative.

The eggs help bind these cookies together. For an egg free version, replace 2 eggs with ½ cup unsweetened applesauce. See these Eggless Cookies for more tips and tricks.

Vanilla extract adds a great wholesome homemade flavor.

Red velvet flavor requires some acid. Typically, this is from buttermilk or vinegar. In this case, lemon juice acts as the acid. It adds some tangy, tart flavor. The lemon flavor itself is not detectable however.

Both all purpose flour and gluten free 1 to 1 flour work well. Since I am gluten free, I used gluten free flour. I do not recommend trying to use almond flour, coconut flour or oat flour.

Cocoa powder adds a subtle chocolate flavor.

Baking soda helps leaven these cookies.

Add in a pinch of sea salt if using unsalted butter. Otherwise, feel free to omit.

Add enough red food coloring to turn the dough red. Since there is a lot of dough, a teaspoon or so is needed.

Both white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips add additional flavor. Feel free to use all white or all regular chocolate chips.

Baking ingredients for red velvet cookies.

What is Red Velvet?

Red velvet flavor is an old fashioned, classic flavor. Red velvet cake is known for its light chocolate flavor with some tangy flavor.

Traditionally, buttermilk or vinegar add the tangy flavor.

Decades ago, vinegar was added to cakes to help them become tender. When mixed with cocoa powder, this creates a red color. Thus, the beauty of red velvet cakes was born.

These days, cocoa powder is processed differently. It does not become red when mixed with vinegar. To achieve that signature red color, use red food dye. For a more natural option, sometimes beet juice is used.

These red velvet cookies are inspired by classic red velvet cake.

Taste & Texture

These red velvet cookies are buttery, sweet and have a light chocolate flavor. Since there is only ¼ cup of cocoa powder, these are not overly chocolaty. The flavor is similar to that of a vanilla chocolate twist ice cream. It is a classic cookie with a hint of chocolate flavor. The lemon juice adds a “bite” to these cookies.

The edges are chewy while the middles are soft and gooey.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on high until creamy and until no clumps of butter remain. This process usually takes 2 to 3 minutes.

Butter beaten with sugar.

Step 3

Then, add in eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Stir to combine.

Runny cookie batter in bowl.

Step 4

Next, add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. Stir to combine.

Light chocolate cookie dough.

Step 5

Add in red food coloring. Continue stirring until dough is uniformly red. Add more food coloring as needed.

Red cookie batter.

Step 6

Fold in white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips.

White chocolate red cookies.

Step 7

Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls of dough onto parchment lined pan.

Red cookies on pan.

Step 8

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until middles of cookies are barely set.

Cookies with red dye.

Step 9

Finally, remove red velvet cookies from oven. Cool on pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Expert Tips & Tricks

For best results, use cold butter. It should be straight from the fridge.

Beat butter and sugars until no clumps of butter remain.

This cookie dough is relatively thick.

Use enough food coloring to turn the dough red.

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop evenly sized balls of dough.

Bake just until the cookies are set. Do not over bake!

These red velvet cookies are fragile after baking. Wait at least 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack.

Gluten free red velvet cookies.

How to Serve & Store

Serve red velvet cookies with a tall glass of milk, coffee or hot chocolate.

These cookies are large and thick. Feel free to serve them with a scoop of ice cream!

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Cookies freeze and thaw well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do they taste like?

Red velvet cookies taste like classic cookies with a hint of chocolate flavor and some subtle tartness.

Can I put frosting on top?

Sure! Cream cheese frosting would work well.

Do I need to use white chocolate chips?

No. Feel free to use all regular chocolate chips.

Can I make them gluten free?

Yes! Use gluten free 1 to 1 flour in this recipe.

Stack of red velvet cookies.

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Red velvet cookies.

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These red velvet cookies are quick, easy, flavorful and so fun! This classic recipe has the best flavor. These cookies are great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays and more.
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on high until creamy, until no clumps of butter remain. This usually takes 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then, add in eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  • Next, add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  • Add in red food coloring. Continue stirring until dough is uniformly red. If needed, add more food coloring.
  • Fold in white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips.
  • Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls of dough onto parchment lined pan. Space at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until middles of cookies are barely set.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Cool on pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 160mg, Potassium: 86mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 2mg

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