Not only are these cookies so festive and vibrant, but the flavor of luscious red velvet with creamy white chocolate chips is out of this world! Before I head down the path of saying how unique red velvet flavor is, I must answer the question I know you are thinking. What is red velvet, really? What is it! Well, traditional red velvet cake consists of natural cocoa powder and buttermilk. The acidity in the natural cocoa powder reacts with the buttermilk to give the cake a deep red, almost maroon hue. However, natural cocoa powders are hard to come by in the United States, so most people add the food coloring.
Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way... it is essential to note that this recipe calls for gel food coloring. Other food colorings may not act in the same way to brightly color your cookies. Also, I have added vanilla extract to balance the cocoa powder and give these cookies a rich, decadent flavor. If you're a red velvet lover, these cookies are a must-try!
Red Velvet Cookies
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons gel red food coloring
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add in the egg, red food coloring, and vanilla and beat again.
- Add in the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until the cookie dough is formed.
- Add in the white chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
- Using a cookie scoop or your hands, form cookie balls.
- After rolling into balls, freeze for 30 minutes.
- While the cookies chill, preheat your oven to 375F.
- Remove the cookies from the freezer and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- After baking, let the cookies set on the tray for 10 minutes to continue baking.