Red Velvet Cookies

I made red velvet cookies around 2 years ago, This was near the start of my cookie obsession, but I never made them again.

I FORGOT HOW GOOD THEY WERE. These are one of my favourites but also one of the easiest cookies to make. 

I feel like red velvet anything is great for when your feeling like having something with a chocolate flavour, but you don’t want the chocolate flavour to punch you in the face….you know.  I don’t know if that’s a feeling anyone experience but if you do, these cookies are for you.

6 red velvet cookies on a baking tray

The food colouring

To give these cookies a red colour, you’re going to use red food colouring.

Of course you can leave this out and it will still taste exactly the same, but the way to make it red is by using food colouring.

The food colouring you need to use is a gel or paste one. A liquid one will add too much liquid to the cookies, which will just ruin the texture of them.

As you might have noticed, my cookies are not an extremely bright red. The amount of food colouring you want to add is totally up to you, if you want a brighter red colour, add more!

However, I’ve tested this cookie recipe a few times now. I’ve learnt that adding food colouring to cookies is different to cakes.

When you are eating a cookie that has a lot of food colouring in, the colour stains your mouth. So I prefer not to make them super red!

Single red velvet cookie dough ball
Single red velvet cookie on a baking tray

Leaving the dough to chill

I say this in every cookie recipe BUT IT IS IMPORTANT.

Before baking, you want to leave the cookie dough balls to chill for at least 30 minutes.

All my cookies are made with melted butter, so you need to give it some time to set up again before baking. If not, you’ll just end up with very flat cookies. 

Looking for other cookie recipes? I think you should try some of my favourites:

Red Velvet Cookies

Makes: 6

  • 110g unsalted butter

  • 125g brown sugar

  • 75g granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • Some red food colouring

  • 225g plain flour

  • 20g cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 120g chopped white chocolate


  • Start by melting your butter, then add this into a large bowl.
  • Add both sugars and the vanilla into the butter and whisk. Then whisk in the egg and the food colouring.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add this into the other bowl and mix everything together until a dough forms.
  • Mix in the white chocolate.
  • To make the cookie dough balls, grab 120g of your dough and roll this into a ball, then add this onto a tray or plate.
  • Do this with all of the dough, then leave them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • About 10 minutes before baking, pre-heat your oven to 180c/350f.
  • Once the cookie dough balls have chilled, add them onto a large, baking paper lined tray, making sure to leave gaps between them.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes. Once baked leave them on the tray for 5 minutes so they can set, then enjoy!


  1. Rodaina
    September 23, 2022 / 7:12 am

    Can we freeze the batter for later?

    • Ash Baber
      September 23, 2022 / 7:44 am

      Yesss after making the cookie dough balls, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Then you can bake them straight out of the freezer but they’ll just needs a few minutes longer in the oven!!

  2. October 15, 2022 / 11:39 am

    What do I do if I want to make the cookies smaller like how long do I bake them for? Stuff like that, maybe around 40-45 grams of dough for preference

    • Ash Baber
      October 15, 2022 / 2:39 pm

      For that size I would probably bake them for around 10-12 minutes. But just keep an eye on them, they might be done a few minutes earlier!!

  3. Mia
    October 25, 2022 / 2:08 pm

    What brand food coloring and cocoa powder did you use ?

    • Ash Baber
      October 25, 2022 / 3:10 pm

      PME food colouring and Dr Oetker cocoa powder!

  4. Isabel
    February 14, 2023 / 1:07 pm

    These were so good! I weighed out the cookies to be about 50g each because otherwise they would have been massive. I baked mine for 12 mins and they came out crispy on the outside soft on the inside which is how I like them.