Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic flavor of red velvet cake is baked into a cookie and then mixed with tons of chocolate chips! These rich and chocolatey red velvet cookies taste amazing!

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Is everyone getting excited for Valentines Day? I must admit, I have never really been into Valentine’s Day.  It was just never my thing (somewhere, TheBetterHalf breathes a huge sigh of relief…).  However I’ve crossed over to the food blogger dark side – you know, when you post recipes way before the actual holiday (like my Thanksgiving spread) and get overly excited for every little holiday (I mean who wouldn’t want to celebrate national cookie day!).  And really, when candy and cute colors like pink and red and adorable sprinkles are involved – well how can I not be on board with that?! So I guess I was wrong – I am into Valentine’s Day! And so I made you a perfect recipe for Valentine’s day – Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Although I like all my recipes, I get so excited whenever a recipe turns out really well.  You should have seen me this weekend after I made these cookies. I think I must have asked TheBetterHalf about 843 times, “OMG how cute are these red velvet cookies?!”.  Luckily he really liked them, so he didn’t mind my extreme enthusiasm.  But seriously.  How cute are they?! I’m obsessed.  And they taste as good as they look.

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

The recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction, one of my favorite blogs. She is a cookie queen and comes up with such great recipes. And these red velvet cookies – wow.  I am definitely adding these to the “favorites” list (that list is getting awfully long :) )  The cookies are so rich and chocolatey with a perfect soft texture.  They are full of melty chocolate chips – you can use any kind you like. I used mostly semi-sweet, but added a few white chocolate because I think they look so pretty with the red cookies. And this is for Valentine’s Day after all, so I need some white with my red!

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

The sprinkles are optional, but I highly encourage you to use them – they are just so cute and fun.  I pressed the sprinkles in the tops of the dough balls before they went into the oven.  A bit tedious, but totally worth the effort because they turn out so darn adorable.  The other secret to perfect-looking cookies is to put a few chocolate chips on top of the cookies right when they come out of the oven. They kind of melt into the top of the cookie and make them look so pretty!

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips |


Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic flavor of red velvet cake is baked into a cookie and then mixed with tons of chocolate chips! These rich and chocolatey red velvet cookies taste amazing!


  • 1 and 1/2 cups + 1 Tablespoon (198g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature.
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2.5 teaspoons red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips, semi-sweet or a mix of white and semi-sweet (plus a few extra for after baking)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed until smooth and light colored, about 1 minute. Add the sugars and mix until well combined, scraping down sides as needed. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Mix in the food coloring.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  6. Scoop the dough in 1.5 tablespoon mounds and form each into a ball. Place 9 on each cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  7. If desired, press decorative sprinkles into the tops and sides of the dough balls.
  8. Bake for 10 - 11 minutes. If the cookies don’t spread all the way, gently press on the warm cookies with the back of a spatula. This will flatten them and will form a crackly texture. If desired, place a few chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Need more red velvet in your life? Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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  1. says

    Haha you are the same as me about asking the other half how good the finished product is, when you think they turn out awesome! I ask mine about 5600 times and he gets really annoyed, but I am just so excited!
    Girl, these cookies…just…yum. They look so thick and chewy and soft and those melty chocolate chips! I’m dying.

  2. says

    Wow! They look amazing! This is such a great idea for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. Now I have to find a special occasion to try and bake this. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    I am such a fan of red velvet anything… have you ever had the red velvet cake from CakeMan Raven back in the day? SO good (and I hear that he actually has reopened at a new location in Brooklyn, although I haven’t been yet).

    These cookies are quite adorable and more importantly, look absolutely delicious!

    • says

      I remember seeing that bakery on The Best Thing I Ever Ate ages ago – I never got the chance to try the original location. Adding the new Bk one to my list of places to try!! Thank you for stopping by :)

  4. says

    Cate, I’m so glad you stopped by because I just go to checking out your blog and I love it. So clean and organized. These cookies look wonderful, gorgeous. Yes, Valentines’s Day is so overrated, but maybe I can make these for co-workers. So cute! :-)

  5. says

    These sure are the perfect Valentine’s day cookie! Gosh, they look SO pretty and delicious! Sprinkles are definitely required in my book. 😉
    I’m the same way as you, when I get excited about how something turned out…I’m sure it’s annoying to my husband even though he won’t admit it. 😉
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Teddi says

    To heck with Valentine’s Day, red velvet is my favorite birthday cake. Tomorrow happens to be my birthday, so guess what I will be whipping up tonight? My mom is making me a cake, so these will be a great “birthday weekend” treat after the cake is gone! Going to make them gluten free (darn Celiacs anyway) so excited to see how they turn out!

    • says

      I am late in responding to this, but I hope you had a very Happy Birthday!!! Did you end up making them gluten free? Red velvet is the best!

      • Teddi says

        T hank you! They were amazing! My new all time favorite cookie! Even my “normal” family members loved them and they are a hard bunch to please, especially when it comes to cookies!

  7. Jenny says

    Hello Cate!

    These look delicious and I plan on baking them for a special event this coming week. Quick question: Is it okay to refrigerate the dough for a little over 24 hours? I typically chill chocolate chip cookie dough for at least 48 hours, but I’ve never made this particular type of cookie.


    • says

      Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for the kind words. A little over 24 hours will be just fine for this recipe. Anywhere from 1 hour to 48 would work for these. I hope you love them!

      • Jenny says

        Hi! I wanted to thank you for your prompt response the other night. I prepared the cookies ahead of time and popped them in the oven this morning. They were a big hit!

        Thanks so much for all of your help!

  8. says

    i have a recipe like this. it’s one box of cake mix, one tub of cool whip {i use the light} and one egg. mix it toegehtr and drop onto the pan like you did. you can roll them in powdered sugar or sprinkle them then bake at 350 for about ten minutes until the tops crack . sooooooo yummy and {kind of} good for you. :)


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