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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet says it's the holiday season. Usually paired with a cream cheese frosting this batter with the bold red color is a southern tradition. Just because this dessert is red, doesn't mean it is void of flavor. The unsweetened cocoa gives it a hint of chocolate flavor without it being over powering. Topped with pecans, walnuts, or coconut there are many variations to try.

When you think of red velvet you probably think of red velvet cake or cupcakes. There is even such a trend as blue velvet. Have you ever tried red velvet cookies? The recipe is the same as a red velvet cake, but it is just baked in the form of a cookie.

These red velvet cookies are great for holiday cookie swaps and parties. They are easy to make and don't take a lot of time with ingredient preparation of course.


Red Velvet Cookies

Yield - 12 cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg (room temperature)
2 teaspoons liquid red food coloring


For the red velvet cookies 

1. In a medium sized bowl whisk all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined. 
2. Using a stand mixer beat butter on low speed until smooth. Add granulated sugar.
3. Add egg mixing on low speed until combined.
4. Add liquid red food coloring 1 teaspoon at a time until combined.
5. Add flour mixture on low speed until combined.
6.  Place dough 3 inches apart on cookie sheet in 1 tablespoon (or medium cookie scoop) balls.
7. Flatten cookie dough balls with your hand.
8. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until edges start to set.
9. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack until cooled completely.

I hope that you all are having a great week so far.  Some hot chocolate would be nice right about now.   What is your favorite red velvet dessert?

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on Instagram or Twitter with #savorthebaking!


Cookies can be stored in air tight container for 2 days. Refrigerate any left overs. 

Recipe adapted from Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook by Deb Harroun

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  1. I just wanted to take the time to tell you that your new blog design is beautiful. so simple, clean and it makes your beautiful pictures pop out even more!!!

    And..... red velvet cookies- YES!

  2. I adore this idea! You never cease to amaze me with your seriously creative (and delicious!) ideas!

    1. Thanks Alessandra. Creativity is in my blood. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Can you believe I've never had anything red velvet before?! Crazy I admit, but these look yummy, I bet they have the perfect texture too :)

    1. Wow, I can't believe that. This is a good recipe to introduce yourself to the red velvet world. :-)

  4. I'm such a sucker for red velvet! These cookies sound awesome!

  5. These are definitely perfect for the holidays!