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Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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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."

cabinfever4 User ID: 1159536 107305
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I also followed the recipe exactly as stated, even folding in the egg whites and chps by hand. I have never been a red velvet fan, but really enjoy these cookies. They are just sweet enough and the chips add a wonderful taste to the cookie. I really liked the frosting. It wasn't overly sweet, but I did add red sugar to the tops instead of the cookie crumbs. I would definitely make these cookies again."

mjjones User ID: 692864 211939
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I thought I had misread the recipe, but I had followed it correctly. These cookies have no taste. They taste like flour. I had to change the frosting to give them some flavor. Not going to be a favorite in this house."

csommer User ID: 5550643 192689
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Just finished icing the last of them and they are very good. I know my sons that always want Red Velvet cake will be very happy to have these cookies."

jsprinkle User ID: 1418101 130503
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"Great taste but the icing was horrible...the consistency was terrible and the taste was not was like something was left out of the ingredients (yes, I checked to be sure I didn't leave anything out ;->). I will definitely make them again but will use a different recipe for the icing. I would also recommend flattening them out with a spoon on the cookie sheet before baking since they do not spread."

birdie64 User ID: 56197 174765
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"A waste of time and ingredients. these are inedible."

conoley User ID: 5678565 120764
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I made these cookies for a cookie exchange and could not have been more disappointed. They were time consuming and involved a lot of ingredients. The cookies were very average. The icing did not set up, and the consistency of the cookie was very unusual."

carol waddle User ID: 5647929 179511
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Just spent my Sunday afternoon making these and thinking how much we would enjoy. They were not up to the standard I expect to see in Taste of Home."

ChrystaWilson User ID: 1447962 110980
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I'm not sure what the last two reviewers found wrong with the recipe...I made it last night and my family really enjoyed them. I must have made them too large, though, because I only got 5 dozen out of the recipe, and as a result, I only made 2/3 of the frosting and it was more than enough. They are very sweet and rich."

[email protected] User ID: 3359480 110965
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I always have good luck with Taste of Home but these cookies were not good. They were too puffy and bland. I made red velvet cookies earlier this week using cake mix and they were 100% better, not to mention so much easier."

aecape User ID: 3677629 130502
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I have no idea how this recipe got 4 1/2 stars, it was awful!!! Tasted terrible and it wasn't an easy cookie to make, 4 cups of flour????? It was a waste of ingredients and time to prepare these cookies. I was hoping they would be good, but they were so bad I didn't even bake the whole batter, but threw it in the garbage."

otisglebe User ID: 4029603 110964
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"The taste was different- not sweet. Wondered if the vanilla was missing in the recipe? Think I would add that if I try again."

sara_rfischer User ID: 3279107 191248
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Just finished baking these cookies. Outstanding cookie! The dough is sticky but mine spread out nicely (just like the picture). I haven't frosted them yet, will do tomorrow. When frosted these will be very attractive cookies for Christmas. They're like a chocolate chip cookie but with a fancy Christmas twist."

Johna Hansen User ID: 3023903 113378
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I just didn't care for them, they seem so rich and to me the flavors don't quite go together. Guess I was thinking of The Cheesecake Factory's Red Velvet cheesecake and they don't come anywhere near that!"

KTco2002 User ID: 5666227 120762
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"The cookies tasted good and I loved the chocolate chips inside- nice touch! My issue was with the shape. The dough was quite think and sticky so the cookies stayed as blobs after baking. I tried smoothing it down before baking, but the stickiness wouldn't allow for it. Friends loved the taste but they agreed the visual appeal could've been better. Maybe it was me, I don't know."

annzkar User ID: 4742196 192549
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Yummy! I tinted the icing green - very festive!"

Karen Finnegan User ID: 4296287 120761
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"Moist and delicious! Would definitely make and serve again, and again!"

jackiek54 User ID: 5428830 191224
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I thought this recipe was a keeper - I did like someone else and just added the sprinkles instead of cookie crumbs - I also packed them lightly with wax paper in between - it doesn't seem to be a problem - also my neighbor asked for the recipe"

Munchkin55 User ID: 3363092 130498
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"These were great! I'm making some for Christmas. I will make some red & a batch of green."

IrishAnnie User ID: 267821 175193
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I just finished making 10 dozen of these for a cookie exchange tomorrow with nine women. My husband and I along with 2 neighbors think they are delicious. I will make more next week so I have some on hand for company over the holidays. They also look nice on a cookie platter because of the pink and white (frosting) colors."

housebunny715 User ID: 4567181 120726
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"These are so good! I made the cookies larger than they should have been, but they still turned out great! The frosting is very good, just make sure the cookies have cooled completely before you frost them."

meemers19 User ID: 5301130 192547
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"If you like red velevet cake then you will love this recipe. I didn't crumb the cookies ontop I put Xmas sprinkles on and everyone at the Xmas cookie exchange loved these."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 174764
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"This is unusual but delicious cookie recipe. All of those red velvet lovers will need to try this recipe. I did not crush 8 cookies but two and that was enough to garnish the tops. The chocolate chips really gave a nice surprise taste treat to these soft cake like cookie. The frosting is rich and decadent- I really like the flavor combination- thanks taste of home"

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 130486
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"What a fun recipe! I love red velvet cake, but it doesn't transport so well to give to family & friends on cookie trays. I tried a batch of these this morning and they were well received by my taste testers. Thank you for sharing."

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