When it comes to sugar cookie recipes, this one will make you see red, in a good way!  Red velvet sugar cookies are perfect any time of year and take only 20 minutes to make.

Delicious red velvet sugar cookies
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.

Red Velvet Cookies: small batch makes just 6 sugar cookies

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
  • Sugar
  • Egg Yolk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Red Gel Food Coloring
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • 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.

Small batch cookies Dessert for Two: Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with Hearts

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.

Yield: 6 cookies

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet dessert for Valentine's Day: red velvet sugar cookies.

Small batch sugar cookies: red velvet sugar cookies with hearts for Valentine's Day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 white chocolate peanut butter hearts (like Reese's)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350, and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat).
  2. Stir together the melted butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Stir very well to combine.
  3. Next, sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt evenly over the dough, and stir just to combine.
  4. 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.
  5. Roll each dough ball in your hands, roll lightly extra granulated sugar, and then space evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they spread, start to crackle and appear dry on top.
  7. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. 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.
  9. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 8g

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