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Red Velvet Cookies

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    7-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 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 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and food coloring.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • In another bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
  • Frost remaining cookies; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 124 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Remenec
    Feb 19, 2018

    Delicious red velvet cookies! I folded in white chocolate chips, rather than semi-sweet. For the icing, I used a pre made can of marshmallow cream to save time. But this frosting recipe does sound tasty!

  • randcbruns
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jan 6, 2011

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

  • katha53
    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.