Why Red Velvet?
I discovered something really important about red velvet, and I'm ready to tell the world. If you've never had red velvet, it's a tender cake with a touch of cocoa powder. It loves to be paired white chocolate, and it loves cream cheese, but what you didn't know is how much a white chocolate peanut butter heart brings to the party.
If you remember (and laughed at) my Valentine's Day candy review, you'll recognize these Reese's white chocolate peanut butter hearts. It was hard to save 6 for this red velvet sugar cookies recipe, but I did it. If I can do it, you can do it! This small-batch sugar cookie recipe just makes 6 cookies, so all you have to save is 6 hearts. That's reasonable, right?
To be honest, though, any heart-shaped chocolate is welcome here. The caramel hearts from my small-batch brownies would be great, and even the Dove dark chocolate hearts, though they are a bit smaller.
Let's Get Baking
Creating these Red Velvet Sugar Cookies for two is really easy and doesn't take much time. Here's what you need:
- Unsalted Butter
- Egg Yolk
- Vanilla Extract
- Red Gel Food Coloring
- All-Purpose Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
Combine the melted butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and red gel food coloring. Then add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine. Flatten the dough and divide into six parts. Roll each part into a ball and cover in sugar. Bake and allow to cool. Add the heart into the middle and enjoy!
Watch my video in the recipe section to see how easy it is to make.
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day:
I've got a soft spot for red velvet. I've gone years without it, because, as you know, as a society, we are very into beet and spirulina powder these days, and we are certainly avoiding red food coloring. But, um, it's Valentine's Day and I just can't resist a festive dessert for two. It's just how I roll.
This sugar cookie recipe is based on one from my next cookbook, Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two, and I love it for so many reasons. The recipe uses melted butter, which is always loaded easier for a person like me who is a) impatient and b) never remembers to put butter on the counter to soften. These cookies bake up soft, crackly and perfect, no matter what size you scoop them. I've rolled them into 10 dough balls, and I've beefed it up to 6 balls (like I did here)--no matter what I do, they always bake up perfect. They also bake up perfectly round, even if you do a half-ass job shaping them into balls.
They're essentially the perfect sugar cookie recipe that you need in your arsenal.
If you're looking for the perfect easy sugar cookie recipe without red food coloring, I've got you covered.
These cookies only use an egg yolk, so be sure to check out my recipes to use leftover egg whites.
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Small batch sugar cookies: red velvet sugar cookies with hearts for Valentine's Day!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
- 1 large egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- 6 white chocolate peanut butter hearts (like Reese's)
- Preheat the oven to 350, and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat).
- Stir together the melted butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Stir very well to combine.
- Next, sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt evenly over the dough, and stir just to combine.
- Press the dough flat and evenly in the bowl, and then divide it in half by eye. You should get 3 cookies from each half.
- Roll each dough ball in your hands, roll lightly extra granulated sugar, and then space evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they spread, start to crackle and appear dry on top.
- Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- After the cookies have cooled for 10 minutes, press a white chocolate heart into the center of each cookie. Move the cookies to the fridge (so the hearts don't melt too much) to set for 30 minutes.
- Bring to room temperature before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 8g
First time making a small batch, turned out great, well sort of. Mine were red, some other folks may have been using food coloring instead of gel. Gel is very concentrated! I made 8 cookies with a Godiva chocolate heart. My granddaughter loved them, but WOW did they turn her teeth and mouth red for a couple of hours!
Made these cookies for Valentine's day and they were a huge hit! I've never made red velvet anything before so I wasn't sure how they would turn out but they were delicious. I used regular ol' liquid food coloring instead of gel, and just added a tiny bit extra to my dough, and they ended up being a super pretty dark red - they looked great. I made 12 cookies out of the dough instead of 6 to get smaller cookies and still used the same temp and cook time with no issues. Will definitely be keeping this recipe for future use!
I have successfully made these and your regular sugar cookies before. But the last two times I made them, they collapsed as they cooled - what might cause that? Maybe my baking soda is old? The cookie balls seemed very soft as I put them on the sheet, but with melted better that seems right.
The taste is good but they don’t stay thick and I can’t for the life of me figure out what I did differently!