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Frosted Red Velvet Cookies

These dreamy morsels take me back to a special place and time—when I was in college and my student job was working in a bakery. Red velvet cake lovers will appreciate this fun riff on the classic, and the color makes them a natural fit for holidays! —Christina Petri, Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Sprinkles, optional


  • In a microwave, melt unsweetened chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. 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.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 103 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Lori
    Dec 8, 2020

    No comment left

  • lego3mom
    Feb 8, 2020

    I made these to take as a Valentine's day treat and they got rave reviews. I will definitely be making them again. I used homemade cream cheese frosting and piped a heart on each one.

  • Julie
    Jun 4, 2018

    I made these gluten free and the cookie was so good and soft. The crunchy chocolate chips were a nice compliment. I did not add frosting because the store bought kind I was going to use tasted fake so I left it off. Will make these again and leave out the red food color next time.

  • Karen
    Dec 9, 2017

    Can these cookies be frozen (without icing)?

  • Surprisegal
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 23, 2014

    Very chocolatey. Also made a cream cheese frosting

  • rmbarr059
    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
    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.