Red Velvet Cookies Recipe
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Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

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These unique cookies have been a part of our holiday tradition for as long as I can remember. My mother made them when I was little, and now I often bake a batch for my own family.—Mindy Young, Hanover, Pennsylvania
Featured In: 19 Red Velvet Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:90 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 90 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 124 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and food coloring.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. In another bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until blended. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Crumble eight cookies and set aside.
  6. Frost remaining cookies; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 1 month. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Red Velvet Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010

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randcbruns User ID: 828588 259063
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"These cookies have great flavor but aren't what I was expecting. They don't have the true red velvet flavor that I was looking for."

jldavis User ID: 840520 258355
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"These are my adult children's favorite cookie. They take a little extra time, but are well worth the effort. They're our special cookie for Christmas."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 220889
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Real red velvet cake has a butter icing. I love that the butter icing is mimicked here. When you first taste it, the butter flavor is a little powerful. After a day it tends to mellow out. Also, the chocolate chips add a nice textural change to the cookies. As oppose to sprinkling crushed cookies on top the icing, I made a few woopie pies. I felt the woopie pies provided the right icing to cookie ratio. This is a very labor intensive cookie, but it is a delicious cookie!"

kcleaver User ID: 3502033 148011
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I had high hopes for these cookies as I LOVE red velvet. Planned on red cookies with green sprinkles. However, these cookies tasted like flour and crumbled in our mouths. I baked the next batch for less time thinking I may have overbaked them, but those also crumbled. The cream cheese frosting I topped them with was the only thing we liked. Glad we tasted before I sprinkled so I didn't waste them. Will not be making them again."

Flenner User ID: 2160342 179654
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"This was the one cookie my husband requested I make again this year that he remembered. I wasn't crazy about them but my "cookie King" husband was. I may try cream cheese frosting though this time ."

robertwvir User ID: 3497530 179619
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I do not understand the bad reviews some have made. I always make cookies for friends and also sell them at Christmas time. This yer, this was one of the "new" cookies that I decided to try. They were were loved by my friends at the church I attend and several people ordered whole batches of these cookies. This is a definate cookie to save!"

CiCiB User ID: 2258133 191253
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"These cookies just weren't as moist as I had hoped. The flavor was good. Overall, lots of work for a cookie which wasn't that special."

Ethylene User ID: 4510645 174768
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"So many ingredients - not a favorite with my family - did not like the taste of them - will not make again."

katha53 User ID: 1618152 174766
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"WONDERFUL. My husband's new favorite - didn't want me to share with work but did anyway and they love them too. Another recipe I'll have to make every Christmas."

cindalj User ID: 4630773 110981
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"The cookies were okay not horrible but definitely not good enough to make again, I could taste the shortening in them, followed the recipe to a T, but they were just a little too dense coupled with the shortening flavor, its more than I can handle, definitely won't make this one again."

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