Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies are a delicious spin on a classic, and perfect for Valentine’s Day! This recipe for red velvet sugar cookies is simple, sweet, fun to decorate, and wonderful for sharing with the people you love.
Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to bake cookies for! Recipes like this one, Ombre Heart Spritz Cookies, and fun Valentine Cat Sugar Cookies are themed for the one day of the year that we celebrate love, but they are also welcome any time you want to express your love with cookies!
You can make Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies whenever you’re in the mood for a richly flavored sugar cookie that’s a bit different than the regular vanilla sugar cookies everyone else makes. You don’t have to make heart cookies – cut out different shapes, and decorate them for Christmas or birthdays… Anything goes!
Can’t get enough red velvet? Me either! We have so many delicious red velvet cookie recipes for you to bake. Try Red Velvet Brookies (half cookie, half brownie!), or Red Velvet Thumbprints with cheesecake filling next.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- An Easy Cut-Out Recipe – Simple ingredients and a basic cookie frosting recipe mean that you can make red velvet cut out cookies without a special trip to the store!
- Rich Flavor – Red Velvet is actually chocolate flavored, but with red food coloring added to tint the chocolate dough a rich, red color. These are super tasty!
- Perfect for Valentine’s – Make a batch of these for your family, or send them in to school with your kids. Everyone will love them!
Ingredients in Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Flour, Baking Soda, Salt: Most cookie recipes start with this blend of dry ingredients.
- Cocoa Powder: This is what gives red velvet cookies their rich flavor!
- Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. The specifics are in the recipe card below, but generally, I replace 1 stick of salted butter with 1 stick of unsalted butter plus ½ teaspoon of additional salt. Let the butter soften at room temperature before starting.
- Sugar: Use granulated sugar to make the cookies sweet and crisp.
- Egg: Let the egg come to room temperature too! Your cookie dough will mix up super smoothly this way.
- Food Coloring: Use gel food coloring for the best results! I like AmeriColor, Ann Clark, and Wilton brand gel food colors for getting deep, bright color
- Cookie Icing: A simple mix of powdered sugar and milk makes a tasty fuss-free cookie icing.
You’ll also need the basic tools for making cookies, including a hand mixer, mixing bowls, cookie sheets, and a Silpat or parchment paper for lining the pans.
How To Make Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with a fork or whisk.
- Mix Wet Ingredients: Start by creaming the butter and sugar in another large bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or use your stand mixer for this part). Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.
- Combine: Fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture. It will be dry and crumbly at first but will come together.
- Color and Chill: Add 3-4 large drops of red gel food coloring to the dough. Continue to blend until the dough comes together. Add more food coloring if needed to get your desired color. Press the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Cut Out Shapes: Before you start, preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ¼ inch.
- Place: Place the cut out hearts on the prepared baking sheets, leaving two inches between each cookie.
- Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to brown. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
How To Decorate Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies
These cookies were decorated with a simple cookie icing made from powdered sugar and milk!
- Combine the icing ingredients in a small bowl, and mix with a fork until smooth. You can add more milk if needed to get the right consistency for piping or drizzling.
- Add the icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, and decorate your valentine’s cookies however you like! Try outlining, filling in the whole shape, drizzling zig-zag patterns, or writing names.
- Cream the butter and sugar together very well. You want the sugar to dissolve in the butter.
- Avoid Overmxing: If you overmix the dough, your cookies will become tough. Mix only until you no longer see the flour in the dough.
- The dough will look crumbly at first. Keep mixing! As you add the food coloring, it will form together into a smooth dough.
- Chilling is important: The dough will be difficult to work with if it’s not chilled, and the cookies will spread on the baking sheet. Give it at least 2 hours in the fridge before rolling it out.
- Let the cookies cool completely before decorating! Icing will melt if you add it to warm cookies.
- If you don’t have a piping bag, you can improvise! add the icing to a ziplock bag, and cut a small piece from one of the corners.
- Icing options: Pick up some pre-made cookie icing from the store if you want to. These cookies will also be wonderful if decorated with royal icing or buttercream.
- White icing works well with red velvet cookies, but you can also tint it any color you like!
How to Store Cut Out Cookies
Your red velvet cut out cookies will stay fresh for up to 1 week if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Be sure to avoid stacking them, or place parchment paper in between layers to keep the icing from sticking.
These cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Make Ahead Instructions
The dough for these cookies can be made and kept in the fridge for about 24 hours before baking. You can also freeze the dough for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before using.
Other Valentines Desserts You Should Try
- Valentine’s Day Cookies with Royal Icing
- Heart Macarons
- Stamped Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies
- Valentine’s Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Heaven on Earth Cake
- Valentine Whoopie Pies
If you’re using a heart cookie cutter that is about 3 inches across, you should be able to make 16 cookies with this recipe. To make more than that, you can double or triple the recipe!
Red velvet cookies taste like chocolate!
These simple Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies will be a hit this Valentine’s Day or any day of the year that you decide to bake them! Don’t forget to Pin the recipe to save and share it.
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