Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (2024)

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These decadent, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are made with a hint of cocoa powder and tons of melty chocolate chips. Plus, they have a beautiful red color that makes them look absolutely gorgeous!

If you’re in the mood for a gooey, melty, soft, and chewy chocolate chip cookie, I recommend giving these red velvet chocolate chip cookies a try. Just like red velvet cake, these cookies are made with a hint of cocoa powder that adds a subtle flavor of chocolate. But these babies are loaded with chocolate chips, so there’s no shortage of chocolatey goodness!

To make these cookies, I took my favorite chocolate cookie recipe and made it more red velvet-y. Most red velvet chocolate chip cookie recipes use a bit less cocoa powder, but I find this amount to be the tastiest. These cookies also have a touch of red food coloring to give them a beautiful red color – just like red velvet cake and red velvet cupcakes.

These cookies are delicious anytime or for holidays. They make a fantastic Christmas cookie, too. If you plan to ship Christmas cookies, these are a great option. Feel free to add some green or white sprinkles to the dough to make them extra festive!

How to make red velvet chocolate chip cookies

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and food coloring. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, followed by the food coloring.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and beat on medium-low speed just until combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips. I recommend doing this with a rubber spatula to avoid overmixing the cookie dough.
  6. Chill. This is a sticky dough, so it needs time to chill in the fridge; at least 1 hour should do it, but you can leave it for longer.
  7. Bake. Bake your cookies for 9-10 minutes at 350°F/180°C. Allow to cool before eating.

Baker’s tip: Depending on how dark your cocoa powder is, your cookies might have a dark red color, but you can control it by adding as much food coloring as you like. Use a bit less or more depending on how red you like them. You can even leave the food coloring out and get delicious black velvet cookies instead.

Tips for making delicious red velvet chocolate chip cookies

-Don’t overmix your cookie dough. This will cause the cookies to be tougher and more dense, and we want them to be soft and chewy. After you beat the butter and sugar, simply mix the ingredients until they comes together.

-Feel free to use dark or white chocolate chips. I personally love both – you can use whichever kind you like, or make half a batch of cookies with dark chocolate chips, and half a batch with white!

-Add as much or as little food coloring as your like. Food coloring is always optional. Feel free to leave it out completely, or add more if you want your cookies more red.

-Chill your cookie dough for at least 1 hour before baking. Chilling the dough keeps the cookies from spreading too much while baking, so don’t skip this step.

More of my favorite cookie recipes

  • Snickerdoodles: Soft, chewy, and coated in cinnamon and sugar.
  • Small-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies: For when you need a warm chocolate chip cookie on the fly.
  • Alfajores: Classic alfajore cookies filled with creamy dulce de leche.
  • Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies: Extra large and in charge.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies With White Chocolate Chips: Super rich and decadent.

Red Velvet Cookies

Soft and chewy red velvet chocolate chip cookies loaded with melty chocolate chips!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

YIELD 18 -20 cookies


  • 1 ⅓cups(180gz) all-purpose flour
  • 3tablespoons(20g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½teaspoonbaking soda
  • ¼teaspoonsalt
  • ½cup(113 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½cup(100g) brown sugar
  • ½cup(100g) granulated sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
  • 2-3teaspoonsred food coloring gel (or liquid)*
  • 1cupdark or white chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  2. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Once mixed, add the food coloring (add 2 teaspoons at this point, and add more if needed, after the dry ingredients are mixed). Add the dry ingredients and beat on medium-low speed just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. The batter will be sticky.

  3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight. This will help the cookies stay thick and spread less while baking.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  5. Take cookies out of the fridge. If the cookie dough is hard to handle, leave it at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  6. Drop rounded balls of dough, the size of 1.5-2 tablespoons, onto prepared baking sheet, spacing them 3 inches (8 cm) apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes, just until the edges start to set. Leave to cool on the pan for 10 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

*Depending on how dark your cocoa powder is, your cookies might have a dark red color, but you can control it by adding as much food coloring as you like. Use a bit less or more depending on how red you like them. You can even leave the food coloring out and make delicious black velvet cookies instead.

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  1. Kerfisha says

    hi, can i use salted butter instead?


    • Shiran says

      I don’t recommend it because it might be too salty.


  2. Iris says

    Hi! Is there any way this cookies can be thick? Should i leave them in the freezer overnight to get them thick?


  3. Jenna says

    These red velvet chocolate chip cookies are nothing short of amazing. I’m not usually a huge fan of red velvet because most the time it lacks flavor, but these cookies are packed with deliciousness!!
    Thank you for sharing your recipes for all of us to enjoy!


    • Talia @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. says

      Hi Jenna, so glad you enjoyed!


  4. Gabriela says

    I made 3 different kinds of cookies for a potluck, these were definitely the winner.


  5. Marina S. says

    Simply delicious! My family gobbled these cookies up.


    • Stephanie @ Pretty.Simple.Sweet. says

      Thank you for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed these cookies!


Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (2024)


What are red velvet cookies made of? ›

Red Velvet Cookies
  • ½ cup of salted butter softened.
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar.
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar.
  • 1 large egg at room temperature.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Red Gel Food Coloring (add until you're happy with the color. I used about 2 tsp.)
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar.
  • 1 ½ cups of all purpose flour.
Sep 10, 2023

Why are my red velvet cookies brown? ›

If you skip the food coloring, the cookies will be light brown. For the pictured cookies, I use 3/4 teaspoon gel food coloring. You can control how vibrant the red color is, so use more or less depending on the color you'd like. You can find gel food coloring in craft stores, some grocery stores, or online.

Does Insomnia cookies have red velvet? ›

Red Velvet Classic Mini – A mini version of the Red Velvet that's perfect for dipping. Red Velvet Lil' Dipper – Twelve of the Red Velvet Minis with a side of cream cheese icing. Vegan Red Velvet Cookies 'N Cream Classic – Red velvet cookie, packed with sandwich cookie bits, and mini vanilla and chocolate chips.

What is a substitute for cocoa powder in red velvet cookies? ›

Technically yes BUT without the cocoa [reg. chocolate] powder they will not be red velvet. Personally, if I were intent on having a brighter red color, I would substitute the regular cocoa with White Chocolate Cocoa Powder. At least doing that would be closer to the original intent of the recipe.

Is red velvet just cocoa? ›

On top of having all the typical cake ingredients (flour, sugar, butter, and eggs), red velvet cake is also comprised of cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar. When combined, these ingredients create the color as the cocoa powder reacts to the acids.

What flavor is red velvet? ›

What flavor is red velvet? While there are cocoa undertones, red velvet is not chocolate cake because it balances both chocolate and vanilla flavors. It contains cocoa but not the same quantity as traditional chocolate cake, resulting in a more subtle cocoa flavor and tanginess due to the buttermilk and vinegar.

Does brown sugar keep cookies soft? ›

Slightly underbaking cookies with brown sugar in them makes them softer as well. Just make sure to store brown sugar in an airtight environment so it doesn't dry out. Flour plays its part by contributing protein. The lower the protein, the softer your cookies will be.

Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda? ›

Baking powder is made of baking soda plus cream of tartar and cornstarch. Baking powder can be substituted for baking soda by tripling the amount of baking powder. Baking soda can be substituted for baking powder by dividing the amount of baking powder needed by 4 and adding twice that amount of cream of tartar.

Are red velvet Oreos a thing? ›

Description. OREO Red Velvet Cream Cheese Flavored Creme Sandwich Cookies are a delicious twist on the classic OREO cookies you've always loved. These red velvet sandwich cookies feature a decadent cream cheese frosting flavored creme that will remind you of your favorite red velvet cake.

What is so special about Insomnia Cookies? ›

Insomnia Cookies offers freshly baked cookies in an assortment of flavors. Cookies are delivered warm out of the oven and straight to the customer's door from noon until 3 a.m every day!

Is red velvet just vanilla with food coloring? ›

Popular in the southern U.S., red velvet cake is a vanilla cake with a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and red food coloring mixed in. Vinegar and buttermilk bring some acid to the batter, adding a bit of tanginess that balances out the sweet cream cheese-butter frosting that is standard.

Is White Lily Cookie a girl? ›

White Lily Cookie is a partially tall Cookie with pale brown dough and dark fuchsia eyes, with eyelashes underneath them. She has messy white hair with a long braid, both resembling upside-down white lilies. She wears a vine headband with a white lily and few leaves on her hair.

Why doesn't red velvet taste like chocolate cake? ›

Chocolate cake is flavored with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or melted chocolate. On the other hand, though red velvet cake has cocoa powder that gives it a slightly chocolatey flavor, the buttermilk and vinegar add a tart edge making it different between the two.

Is licorice cookie a girl? ›

Licorice Cookie is an Epic-grade Cookie that debuted on April 15, 2021, alongside his Pet, Bat-Cat. He is a follower of Dark Enchantress Cookie who doesn't always come off as menacing as he would like.

What is the red velvet flavor made of? ›

Red velvet cake is a Southern American delight that blends a vanilla cake with a striking red hue from food coloring, mixed with several tablespoons of cocoa powder.

What is red velvet extract made of? ›

Red Velvet Type, Natural & Artificial (Clear & Colorless) contains propylene glycol, ethyl alcohol, natural & artificial flavor and benzyl alcohol. This flavor is sugar and gluten-free. For Baked Goods and other Food Applications.

What was red velvet originally made of? ›

To understand the traditional red velvet cake, you must go back in time. Velvet cakes first came into existence during the Victorian Era. It was during the 1800's that recipes would frequently call for the use of cocoa for luxury cakes. They would call the cakes "velvet" cakes and serve them at fancy dessert parties.

What are Korean cookies made of? ›

Today I'm showing you how to make a traditional Korean pressed cookie called dasik. Dasik is made with all-natural ingredients like grains, beans, sesame seeds, chestnuts, pine pollen, and many other things. The ingredients are finely ground, mixed with honey, and pressed in a wooden mold into small cookies.

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