Red velvet cookies for Valentines Day

13 Feb


Red velvet cookies for Valentines Day. The Hungry Mum

It isn’t too late to make something delicious and heart-felt for your love for Valentine’s Day. Forget spending the big bucks on over-priced blooms or shelling out for mediocre chocolates: these red velvet cookies make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift or dessert.

I was inspired by a recipe on Sally’s Baking addiction – see it here: – but instead of adding chocolate chips I crowned my cookies with heart-shaped candies. These are readily available from supermarkets and add that lovin’ feeling to these excellent cookies. I also reduced the sugar and omitted salt.

For the red colouring I urge you to be a gel colour, rather than a weaker and cheaper liquid version. The gel gives you the deep red without watering down the batter.

You will need to rest the batter in the fridge for at least an hour (and up to overnight) so allow time for this.

Feeling a bit bah humbug about V Day? Make the cookies and eat them yourself, and remember that you are loved.


1 1/2 cups plain flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

115g unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature.

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 egg, at room temperature

1 tablespoon milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.5 tablespoons gel red food coloring

red velvet cookies - The Hungry Mum


Sift flour and cocoa together in a small bowl, set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer beat butter on high speed until pale for two minutes. Scrape down sides, reduce speed to medium and tip in both sugars beat until combined, add in vanilla, egg, vanilla and red food colouring.

Scrape down sides again, tip in flour and beat together until combined.

Cover bowl with cling film and place in fridge for at least an hour.

Remove, preheat oven to 180C and line two baking sheets with non-stick paper.

Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on trays, and gently flatten.

Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and gently place candies on top, then return to oven for another 2-3 minutes.

Allow to cool on trays before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Red velvet cookies for Valentines Day...



19 Responses to “Red velvet cookies for Valentines Day”

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 13, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Happy Valentines Day for tomorrow! I hope you have a great day 😀

  2. Sheryl February 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    mmm. . . These look perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  3. clairneriah February 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    This looks good, I love how you incorporated the hearts in them. very unique 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum February 14, 2016 at 3:00 am #

      Thanks Clair, hope your V Day is full of love.

      • clairneriah February 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

        Thank you 🙂 I hope yours is too!

  4. Ivette February 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Looks very good!!! Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!

  5. Shari February 13, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    These are so cute! I love the chocolate hearts you used on top. So perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  6. youthfoodblog February 14, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    Love this cute cookie!

  7. gourmetgetaway February 14, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Happy Valentines Day!
    These are absolutely gorgeous, I will have to make them next year 🙂
    I’m yumming 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    • The Hungry Mum February 15, 2016 at 1:10 am #

      Yumming! I love it 🙂 I may need to borrow that phrase x

  8. Karen February 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy Valentine’s Day. Your cookies are perfect for the occasion.

    • The Hungry Mum February 15, 2016 at 1:07 am #

      Thank you Karen. Hope your V Day was full of love.

  9. bakeplaysmile February 14, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    These are gorgeous!!!!! I’ve made red velvet cakes before, but never cookies. Genius!

  10. February 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    I have yet to make any red velvet recipe, whether it’s pancakes or yummy cookies like these. Nice finishing touch with the hearts on top 🙂

  11. ChgoJohn February 15, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Awww … How cute! I would go through them like a bowl of popcorn but it is/was Valentine’s Day. A little overindulgence is to be expected.

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