Red Velvet Cookies

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Red Velvet Cookies

“Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers.” -Kahlil Gibran

It’s feeling like winter in Austin today, so why not go with snowflakes. We don’t usually get snow here, but it’s chilly and wet and about as close as we are going to get before it warms up to 70 degrees this week. For day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Baking, we went with a red velvet cookie. I’m a big red velvet fan, just like a lot of people out there.  So I figured why not give this cookie from Created by Diane a try. We have made a few minor adjustments to the recipe, but the inspiration came from her red velvet cutout cookies that she made for a valentines heart cookie.

The red color of the cookie pairs perfectly with the confectioners sugar icing. And the white contrast really makes the cookie stand out in a tray of cookies. You could easily make these and frost with royal icing and decorate many cookie cutouts for a variety. Even edible glitter would look beautiful on these cookies.

The recipe calls for a red velvet emulsion from LorAnns. Usually you can find this at baking supply stores, or if you are having no luck there, you can order directly from LorAnns website.

If you have missed days 1 – 8 of the 12 days of baking, you can find all the recipes here. I’m still declaring the peppermint bark as my favorite, but we still have three more days, and some yummy recipes to come.

Go ahead and give this recipe a try. We would love to hear how you do with it. And don’t forget to save some for yourself.

Red Velvet Cookies


Red Velvet Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon red velvet emulsion
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips melted
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Confectioner's Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


Red Velvet Cookies

  • Heat oven to 400°
  • Cream butter and confectioner's sugar in a stand up mixer with paddle attachment.
  • Add egg, mix in red velvet emulsion, vanilla, cocoa powder and melted chocolate.
  • Blend in flour, baking powder, dry buttermilk, and salt.
  • Mix until dough pulls away from paddle and begins to form ball. Roll out onto floured surface and cut with cookie cutter.
  • Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for 9 minutes.

Confectioner's Sugar Icing

  • Combine confectioners sugar, corn syrup and milk in a bowl. The consistency will be very thick and hard to stir. Place in a pastry bag and pipe the icing onto the cookies.

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      Red Velvet Cookies


      24 comments… add one

      • Laura @ MommyDearest December 14, 2017, 7:21 am

        These are beautiful. They are simple yet elegant and I bet they taste delicious. Another recipe to add to my ever growing list

      • Krystal Butherus December 14, 2017, 8:19 am

        Beautifully made and oh so delicious looking! I bet they taste every bit as good as the pictures show!

      • Melissa Chapman December 14, 2017, 12:50 pm

        Those cookies look amazing. I love red velvet and the shape and look of those cookies really make them look like snowflakes. If I do any baking I will try these.

      • Krystel | Disney on a Budget December 14, 2017, 1:39 pm

        These cookies look really good. I know nothing about backing but do you use a shaped sheet for this?

        • serena December 15, 2017, 9:04 am

          We used a cookie cutter to get the shape.

      • Pam December 14, 2017, 5:27 pm

        These look yummy! I love red velvet cake and can imagine that they taste just as good (if not better with the confectioner’s icing!). We’ll have to give these a try- I’d love to try something new this Christmas.

        • serena December 15, 2017, 9:04 am

          Enjoy 🙂

      • AnnMarie John December 14, 2017, 7:11 pm

        I’ve never seen more elegant looking cookies than that! I really love how you decorated them. It’s perfect and it would be so nice to have it during the Holidays!

      • Melissa @primpandprimebeauty December 14, 2017, 7:41 pm

        These look amazing! Too gorgeous to eat (almost lol) I wish I was better at baking so that way I can make these to bring to my families houses this Holiday.

      • Quirky Homemaker December 15, 2017, 10:35 am

        These red velvet snowflake cookies are very pretty. I bet they would stand out on a cookie tray! Hope you at least have cool weather for Christmas! We are WAY too cold here, and I’d be happy to send some your way.

      • Cindy Ingalls December 15, 2017, 11:19 am

        These cookies are so beautiful and very well decorated. I like that they are red velvet instead of the traditional sugar cookie. It’s an unexpected and delicious surprise.

      • kimberly lewis December 15, 2017, 11:29 am

        I have a daughter that loves red velvet! she would love these cookies so much and they are so pretty.

      • Amber Florek December 15, 2017, 1:08 pm

        These look absolutely delish! I love the icing decorating too. So wintery and festive! I’ll have to make them with my step daughter.

        • serena December 15, 2017, 7:30 pm

          I love how these look. The dark red with that frosting is my favorite

      • Shannon Gurnee December 15, 2017, 1:38 pm

        I’ve never made Red Velvet Cookies before, but they turned out so cute! I would love to try these sometime.

        • serena December 15, 2017, 7:29 pm

          Give them a try. Super simple and delicious.

      • UtMinh December 16, 2017, 12:27 am

        A great idea for shaping your pie. This is the recipe I’m looking for Christmas cakes. I think I can not be as beautiful as you, try!

        • serena December 17, 2017, 12:07 pm


      • Jeanine December 16, 2017, 12:41 pm

        Yum! Red velvet cookies! These sound incredible. I’ve never had any cookies like this and I don’t even think I’ve had red velvet anything before. I need to give these a try!

        • serena December 17, 2017, 12:02 pm

          Everyone needs to try red velvet 🙂 Enjoy!

      • Sara December 17, 2017, 7:29 pm

        Oh my goodness! These are so beautiful, I don’t even know if I’d have the guts to eat them.

      • Nailil December 18, 2017, 8:32 pm

        These cookies look amazing and perfect for the holidays. I’ll be saving the recipe to try it.

      • Teresa Eckard October 26, 2018, 4:37 pm

        How thick do you roll the dough? Will definitely try these this year!

        • serena October 30, 2018, 7:39 am

          I’d go with about a 1/4 inch


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