Red velvet cookies with heart-shaped chocolate and pink and red sprinkles on top

Valentine’s Day is never complete without sweet treats for all of the loves in your life. It’s also the best time to mix up all the red velvet recipes! My girls love red velvet so we made these cookies a few weeks ago and they did not last long in this house!

Red velvet cookies close up with dark chocolate heart and sprinkles on top

The recipe is very simple. We topped ours with dark chocolate hearts, but you could top these with any type of chocolate candy of your choice or a kiss would also work well (like a red velvet blossom cookie)!

Of course, these would not be red velvet without cocoa powder, a little splash of vinegar, and red food dye. I like a deep dark red, but you can add as much or as little dye as you want. I like to use gel food coloring as less goes a longer way than the regular kind of dye.

To make these even richer, I also melted a bit of chocolate and mixed that into the cookie dough. Obviously a great idea. We added some Valentine’s sprinkles too which are optional, but add a fun and festive touch!

Red velvet cookie with chocolate heart on top with a bite taken out of it

Recipe Tips and Suggestions:

  • As with most of my cookie recipes, I like to chill the dough for these so that they bake up nice and thick. An hour at the least can make a big difference. I usually try to do 2-3 hours at minimum.
  • We topped these with dark chocolate hearts. You can top yours with any variety of small chocolate candy (heart-shaped or not). You can also top them with a chocolate kiss if you cannot find heart-shaped chocolates near you.
  • I recommend gel food coloring, especially for red food dye, as it goes farther than regular dye. You can adjust the amount depending on the shade of red that you want (I personally like a deep red velvet color!).
  • It is helpful to chill (or freeze) the chocolate candy for a little bit before you add them to the tops of the cookies. This prevents them from melting and losing shape once you place them on a warm cookie. I recommend letting the cookies cool off for a few minutes after they come out of the oven before placing the chocolate as well.
  • I like to make these using a small cookie scoop (affiliate link) for these as it makes them more proportionate with the chocolates on top.

Red velvet cookies with chocolate heart on top stacked

Red velvet cookies with heart-shaped chocolate and pink and red sprinkles on top
Yield: 24 cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 26 minutes

Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies - Rich and chewy red velvet cookies topped with a dark chocolate heart - perfect for Valentine's Day!


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons red gel coloring*
  • 1 teaspoon distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 chocolate heart-shaped candy


    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in the eggs, vanilla extract, food coloring, vinegar, and the melted chocolate until well-combined.
    2. Add in the the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and the salt. Mix until just combined. Cover the bowl and refirgerate for at least 1 hour. Place chocolate candy in fridge or the freezer.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or line with a silicone baking mat. Remove the dough from the fridge. Use a cookie scoop (I use a small scoop) or drop by the tablespoonful of the dough on the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes.
    4. Cool on cooling rack for about 3 minutes. Unwrap chocolate candy and place one in the middle of each cookie, gently pressing down. Let cool completely. Store leftover cookies in airtight container or freeze.


You can adjust the amount of red food coloring as needed to get your desired shade of red. Note that if not using gel coloring, you may need more than 2 teaspoons to achieve the shade of red in the photos.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies