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Frosted Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

Frosted Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD: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.

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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."

AlabamianAmy User ID: 5745937 183594
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"Yay! I finally found THE cookies to make every year as our family tradition! They were that good! :) My husband and all our friends loved them, and they're super festive!"

billieboy User ID: 6519852 177624
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012 Edited Apr. 28, 2017

"best cookie ever .My kids loved it."

goodmncook User ID: 4349127 194596
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"these cookies are my recipe so thrilled to see them in an issue of the magazine and on the website thank you all so much for the wonderful comments"

Anntheresa User ID: 6790038 178325
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"Just made them today and I will be making them again,they came out just like they looked on your page. Love them Depending on your oven 9 mins. is just about right but I did 9min &30 min. I found they set up better with the extra 30 min. Love them"

MY REVIEW User ID: 422853 126661
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"We all enoyed these cookies. easy to make and real yummy. Will absolutely make them again."

lnanof User ID: 6829091 177623
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"My daughter made these cookies for her school soccer team and they loved them so much, they wanted to have them again!!"

AnneS47 User ID: 2236509 193630
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Made these cookies for a pot luck and had rave reviews from everyone who tried them. The only thing I did differently was to add a bit more flour because the batter seemed a little loose. Could have been the weather that day. Regardless I will make these again and again"

AnneS47 User ID: 2236509 110177
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Made these cookies for a pot luck and had rave reviews from everyone who tried them. The only thing I did differently was to add a bit more flour because the batter seemed a little loose. Could have been the weather that day. Regardless I will make these again and again"

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