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Red Velvet Heart cookies are a delicious and lovely Valentine’s day cookie with their iconic red color and special chocolate heart in the center.
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is next week?! It’s the perfect occasion to show your loved ones how much you care. One way to do that is by baking something special. We love making cookies together as a family and decided to try making the perfect Valentine treat this year.
These Red Velvet Heart Cookies are the perfect blend of indulgent and playful. These cookies are delicious and visually appealing, making them an ideal treat for anyone who loves all things sweet. With their fluffy, soft texture and gorgeous red color, these heart-shaped cookies will definitely steal the hearts of your loved ones.
Plus they are super fun to make with kids! Watch my 5 year old son @dashbakesthegreats make these delicious cookies (video in the post).
Keep reading to see how you can whip up a batch of these lovely treats for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
Who inspired us to make these Red Velvet Cookies?
We used the recipe from the New York Times to make red velvet cookies with white chocolate but adapted the recipe to omit the white chunk. We added white chocolate hearts on top for the beautiful contrast in colors and for that special touch to elevate a plain cookie. We also switched up the recipe to double the amount because these are great to give away and a single batch was just not going to be enough!
What are the ingredients in Red Velvet Cookies?
- gel red food coloring
- gel black food coloring
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- cocoa powder
- baking soda
- kosher salt
- whole milk
- white chocolate hearts
How do you make Red Velvet Cookies?
This is a classic softened butter recipe. You’ll need to cream your butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then add the gel food coloring to give red velvet its iconic red color.
In a separate bowl, you’ll whisk your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) and add them to the butter mixture, 1/3 of a mixture at a time.
Last you’ll add the milk to add some moistness to the cookie batter. Scoop cookie ball doughs onto parchment paper and add a chocolate heart once they are out of the oven.
Creative ways to package Red Velvet Heart Cookies for Valentine’s Day:
- Clear Treat Boxes: Use clear treat boxes to showcase the beautiful heart-shaped cookies. Wrap each box with a ribbon in a Valentine’s Day-themed color, such as red or pink, and add a personal note or label.
- Cellophane Bags: Cellophane bags are a simple and affordable option. Tie the top of the bag with a ribbon and add a tag with a sweet message.
- Heart-Shaped Tin: For a more unique approach, package the cookies in a heart-shaped tin. This option is especially cute if you’re giving the cookies as a gift.
- Valentine’s Day Gift Basket: Create a fun and festive gift basket by combining the Red Velvet Heart Cookies with other sweet treats like chocolates, candies, and more.
- Mason Jars: Use mason jars for a rustic touch. Fill each jar with cookies and tie a ribbon or string around the top. Add a tag or label with a message for your loved one.
No matter what packaging method you choose, make sure the cookies are protected from damage during transportation. And most importantly, don’t forget to add a personal touch to make it even more special.
Variations on Red Velvet Cookies
- Omit the white chocolate hearts and make a cream cheese frosting on top. Add Valentine’s day sprinkles to give them a festive look.
- Use white buttercream frosting and add crushed dried strawberries on top
- Roll the cookies in white or pink sparking sugar before baking to give them a sugary crust after baking
- Sandwich plain cookies between a cream cheese frosting
Red Velvet Heart Cookies
- 2 sticks unsalted softened butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs eggs
- gel red food coloring add enough to get a red color
- gel black food coloring add a tiny bit to deepen the red color
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 32 white chocolate hearts we used Ghirardelli Valentine's White Chocolate Créme
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Recipe makes 32 cookies.
- Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer or hand mixer on high speed until light and fluffy about 5 minutes.
- Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
- Add red food coloring until you get a red color, add a bit of black coloring to get a more crimson color. Mix untl just blended.
- In a separate bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt.
- Add the dry mixture to the butter mixtrue in thirds on low spead. Blending until not dry flour bits remain.
- Use a one ounce cookie scoop to scoop cookies 12 per tray spaced two inches apart. Lightly pat cookies down to flatten slightly.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the tray for 5 minutes before lightly pressing a white chocolate heart on top. The bottoms will melt slightly onto the tops of the cookies adhering them.
- Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
- Cookies are best stored in an air tigh container and eaten within 5 days.
Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.