Frosted Red Velvet Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

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During college, my student job was in the bakery. These Red Velvet Cookies take me back to that special place and time. —Christina Petri, Alexandria, Minnesota
Featured In: 19 Red Velvet Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting


  1. In a microwave, melt unsweetened chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, food coloring and vanilla. Add cooled chocolate; beat until blended. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Red Velvet Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2012, p26

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Surprisegal User ID: 8628816 265241
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2017

"Don't understand the complaints about using prepared frosting. As long as it's good, I personally don't mind a shortcut here and there when baking!"

BrownieQueen2 User ID: 1836231 264580
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017

"I have tried a lot of red velvet cookies since they became popular a few years ago. This one is a winner! The sour cream gives them flavor and makes them moist. Highly recommend!"

wingqueen26 User ID: 5832351 261152
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"I give these 5 stars for presentation and taste, although without the frosting maybe 3 stars. Anyway, they are kind of fussy to make. The batter is very sticky."

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 215749
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Very chocolatey. Also made a cream cheese frosting"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 149773
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Delicious! Made these for my hubby on Valentines Day. Like most of the other comments said, it seemed a little crazy to buy a can of frosting after taking the time to make homeade cookies, so I used a cream cheese recipe I like from another cookie recipe. I put a Hershey's kiss on top of each cookie!"

mcjaeger68 User ID: 4138737 191218
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"The Cream Cheese frosting is easy to make from scratch. Use ¼ cup softened butter, 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups confectioner's sugar. Mix the butter with the cream cheese and the vanilla extract until it is smooth. Add the confectioner's sugar in half-cup increments until the frosting is of proper spreading consistency. (You'll use all, or almost all, of the sugar.) Give the remaining frosting in bowl to your favorite person."

cookiegramm User ID: 7439617 194599
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"I was looking for something different and special for Valentine cookies and this is IT. I made my own frosting and sprinkled Wilton's special hearts mix on them and they are beautiful . And yummy. Thanks for the recipe and your great timing. I hate making cut out cookies and this was so easy. Thank you , thank you, thank you."

GreasyCamera User ID: 7454636 183595
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Great cake-like texture and very easy to make. I skipped the canned frosting. Why go to the trouble of making cookies from scratch and then cutting corners on the frosting? A simple cream cheese/butter/powdered sugar frosting worked perfectly."

DanaeH User ID: 5632387 194597
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"Most delicious cookie- everyone loved them!! Very easy to make- can't wait to make them again!!!!"

blue_eyes998 User ID: 5762850 126662
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"These are really delicious. I only had 1 oz. of unsweetened chocolate, so made up the rest with semisweet and it wasn't too sweet. I used my 2 tsp. cookie scoop and just mounded the dough a little to get it close to 1 Tbsp. and baked for 6 minutes on some, 7 on others. We liked the 6 minute ones better because they were so moist inside! I made homemade cream cheese frosting to top them."

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