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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft chocolate chip cookies made more colorful with red food coloring and packed with all the chocolate sweetness.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 21 cookies
Calories 217 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • cups (187.5) cake flour
  • ¼ cup (29.5g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes).

  3. Reduce mixing speed and add the egg. Then, add vanilla and food coloring, continuing to mix until incorporated.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips by hand.

  6. Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto a baking sheet. Use your hands to roll into equal-sized balls of dough. Add reserved chocolate chips for topping (optional). Bake for 10-12 minutes.

  7. Let cool a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

We found that 1 teaspoon of red food color was plenty for this cookie. Adding more food coloring only makes the cookie darker, not red-er. If you want a pure red cookie, omit the cocoa powder and add as much food coloring as desired.