How to Make Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

After living in South Carolina for a few years, I get the whole red velvet craze. When done right, it’s delicious. And it can be totally festive or not, depending on what the occasion is. It’s one of our favorite cookie recipes – and it’s one that our kids will gobble right up. And, just like I do with other cookie recipes, I save some of the cookie dough for these red velvet chocolate chip cookies in the freezer so that I can make more later – and limit how many cookies we’ve got to eat at a time!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Now, if you’ve never tried red velvet anything before, you’re in for a treat. These are not only easy to make, but they’re also full of chocolatey goodness. And a pro to starting with a red velvet cookie (as opposed to that armadillo-shaped red velvet cake) is nobody will wonder if you’re trying to serve roadkill a la Steel Magnolias.

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Yield: 24 cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you looking for a fun or holiday spin on a traditional cookie recipe? These red velvet chocolate chip cookies are delicious, easy, and festive!

Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1.5 cup flour, all purpose
  • 1 tbsp flour, all purpose
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 tbsp milk, whole
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp food coloring, red
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, mini


  1. In a large bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. In a large bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together
  2. In a second, larger bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar until creamy and fluffy. If you don't want the workout, make sure you use an electric mixer like my new favorite mixer
  3. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. As needed, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add the food coloring and mix some more. Turn the mixer off and add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Slowly beat with the mixer on low until a very soft dough is formed.
  6. Fold in the regular sized, semi-sweet chocolate chips. Make sure you eat a few, too! The mini chocolate chips are for later.
  7. Please note - at this stage, the dough will be quite sticky.
  8. Cover the bowl (with the dough in it) tightly with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge. Let it chill for at least 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with the silicone mats that'll have you wondering why you ever bought and used so much parchment paper. Set aside.
  10. Place the mini chocolate chips into a good-sized bowl. I like to use a regular bowl - the kind I'd use for eating cereal.
  11. Scoop out some dough and roll it into a ball.
  12. Dip the top of the cookie dough ball into the mini chocolate chips. You're only coating half of the dough.
  13. Place onto a cookie sheet and lightly press down.
  14. Rinse and repeat until you've got a full dozen cookies on the tray.
  15. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes (13 minutes seems to be the sweet spot!)
  16. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely!
  17. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 171Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 18mgSodium 114mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 2g

Bon Appetit! Enjoy, Y’all!

These cookies really are SO perfect for any time – like Valentine’s Day! Because really. Whether you beautifully place them on a fancy holiday themed tray or throw them on some of those generic packages of paper plates, it’s going to be a hit. You can use them to decorate your house at a party or as a super-awesome neighbor gift. Or, if you’d like a more traditional cookie, try these quick and easy sugar cookies – just change the sanding sugar color to fit whatever holiday you’re hosting!

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Kimberly C. Starr

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