Red Velvet Cookies

These red velvet cookies are very much inspired by chocolate chip cookies; specifically the thin and crispy kind that spread out as they bake.

But really, for all of you who are as obsessed with cookies as much as me, you know that not all chocolate chip cookies are created equal.

There’s chips vs. chunks and also… do you go milk chocolate, dark, or semi-sweet? Then, there’s giant fluffy not-quite-done-in-the-center cookies, soft, chewy, crispy, and everything in between. Try these thin and crispy red velvet cookies—they are so good!

I am a fan of pretty much all cookies, although I guess if I HAD to point out something it would be that milk chocolate is just not as good as dark or semi-sweet (there, I said it!). But, in general, all cookies are welcomed at my house.

These, however, are of the thin and crispy-edge variety. They spread out as they bake, so be sure to leave room on the baking sheet. And although they are quite thin with crispy edges, the centers are still chewy and not at all overdone.

These aren’t regular chocolate chip, even though they are inspired by the classic. These are that fancy, maybe a little showy cousin, who although he’s a bit much at times, you love him all the same. Of course, I’m only kind of joking (plus now that I am thinking about it, I am wondering if I am that cousin … hmm …).

These are red velvet, so they have a chocolate taste with a bold red coloring. I like white chocolate chips here, as I think the mellow flavor goes well with the chocolate cookie. But, if you needed to swap out the white chocolate for dark chocolate chips, I think they would still be quite delicious.

But don’t swap for milk chocolate. I think I’ve already made myself clear on my feelings there.

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First, cream together the butter, sugars, and red food coloring. I used Wilton gel color in Red Red, but any red food dye can work. But adding the food coloring here will help it to more evenly distribute throughout the cookies.

Next, stir in the vanilla and egg. Then add the dry ingredients and stir until a dough ball forms. Then, stir in the chips.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and use a cookie scoop to measure out the cookies. Bake in the upper 2/3 of the oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Then, remove to a cooling rack.

Cookies are dangerously easy to make, right? I love that these feel a bit fancy, too. Bake a batch this weekend. xo. Emma

P.S. Be sure to check out our most popular cookies recipes for more cookie content!

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4.43 from 7 votes

Thin and Crispy Red Velvet Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, red velvet cookies
Servings 12


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • cup sugar brown
  • red food coloring
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips white


  • First, cream together the butter, sugars, and red food coloring. You want the butter very soft, almost melted a bit for this recipe (it helps the cookies to spread more in the oven).
    I melted my stick of butter for 15 seconds in the microwave so it was just beginning to become liquid, but the majority was still solid but very soft.
  • Next, stir in the vanilla and egg. Then, add the dry ingredients and stir until a dough ball forms. Then, stir in the chips.
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and use a cookie scoop to measure out the cookies. Bake in the upper 2/3 of the oven at 350°F for 11-12 minutes. Then, remove to a cooling rack.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions.
  • Hey,

    Want to try this out. Can I use margarine in place of butter?

  • These look yummy! I love red velvet cupcakes so definitely want to give these a try. Being in the UK and not a top-notch baker, how much is an American cup in ml or gr? Thank you!!

  • I just made these and they are very good. But they look terrible. Nothing like yours. I wonder what I did wrong?

    • 5 stars
      Ok sorry I didn’t mean to hit reply (toddler climbing on me) until I rated and said what seemed to happen. My dough was very wet. Was my butter too melted? Is that possible?

  • 5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious! I am going to have to give them a go, I’m not much of a pro in the kitchen so they might look a little different but hopefully will taste great all the same. Wish me luck!
    Hope & Wilson

  • I need these in my life!!!!!!! I love a good thin cookie. ALSO, helps that they are beautiful.

  • 5 stars
    These are happening this weekend

    Could I do what plug in you used I am currently looking into one and they all say they are the best with mixed reviews I feel like my brain will implode I was going to go with yummly because it links in but it has not been updated for years arrh I love plugins but find choosing shoes easier

  • Making these with my toddler tonight! He’s gonna love the bright color (not to mention the treat at the end haha)!

  • 5 stars
    I love Red Velvet Cupcakes, these look amazing!!! I think I am going to make this for my next party in a few weeks!!

  • They look incredibly tasty and easy 🙂 xoxo A must to pin on my Pinterest Board “Healthy Meets Tasty)

  • They look so good, I love the red color!

    • 5 stars
      I just made them with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and raw cane sugar, and they are so good! Turns it into a weekday treat!

  • 5 stars
    Yes! Totally agree on milk chocolate being overwhelming for cookies! Semi-sweet and dark do the job so much better!

    I’ve seen so many crisp cookie snaps in the grocery isle lately. This is gonna be a big hit for gifting and parties. And of course, personal enjoyment! Haha.

  • I have actually never tried red velvet anything, but these look so good! Im definitely going to try these! xx

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe! My best friend absolutely loves red velvet cookies. She’d be so happy! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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