Red Velvet Cut-Out Sugar Cookies – Perfect For Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies…AMAZING! They’re the sweet sugar cookie you crave with slight chocolatey notes, and colored a deep red. They’re simply perfect for this Valentine’s Day! 

Red Velvet sugar cookies decorated.

And, Valentine’s Day just isn’t Valentine’s Day without gorgeous flowers and an over abundance of sugary sweets…creamy truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, cake, candies and of course cookies. Every year I make my family and friends heart shaped sugar cookies and this year is no exception. Although, still making my delicious sugar cookies, I decided to do something different and flavor them red velvet.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies: Ingredients

Spending some quality time with my mixer, I began to experiment with my basic sugar cookie recipe. After perusing online a bit, obtaining ideas, I noticed a lot of the recipes use a red velvet emulsion. Not completely sure, and a bit skeptical what this product is, I decided to steer clear and use what I have in my pantry. I ended up making a paste with vinegar and cocoa powder. I added it to the batter, put in a few drops of red food coloring and the end product turned out better than I had anticipated. Granted, it took a few tries to get them just right, but I’m ecstatic with the flavor and look!

LOVE shaped cookie cutters

These cookies just have a few SIMPLE ingredients and come together easily. Also, they hold their shape beautifully while staying tender and flaky. To finish these delightful cookies, add a bit of sweetness with some icing. Oh my goodness, one cookie is suddenly not enough! Decorate gorgeous with royal icing, glaze, dip in chocolate or sandwich together with a generous dollop of cream cheese frosting in the middle. However you dress up these cookies, they’re crazy delicious. 

Red Velvet sugar cookie quote

Icing Recipes To Try

Try some of these yummy icing recipes for your cookies! 

Cream Cheese Buttercream

American Buttercream

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Icing


Let’s Start Baking

Cream together unsalted butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add an egg and mix until fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl really well. Next, make a smooth paste with vinegar and cocoa powder. Add this to the batter and mix well. Add the red food coloring and then, lastly, the flour. When it comes together, stop beating.

Red Velvet sugar cookie batter

Form into a ball and chill for an hour. Or, I like to immediately roll out and cut out my cookie shapes. One batch makes around 12-24 cookies depending on the size cookie cutter you use.

Cutting out red Velvet sugar cookie shapes

I pan them up and I just pop them into the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so before baking. On a side note, I have baked them with out chilling and they turn out great, although chilling keeps them from spreading giving them a more refined shape.

Cut-out red Velvet sugar cookies

Whatever you decide, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Let them cool completely, decorate beautifully and immensely enjoy!!!

I decorated my cookies with royal icing and decided on a black and white theme. The red peeking through gives them a fun look and is gorgeous!

Red Velvet sugar cookies decorated.
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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with a slight chocolatey flavor dyed a bright red! 

Course Dessert
Keyword red velvet
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 hours 42 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 14 Oz. Butter Unsalted
  • 6 Oz. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Each Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 19 Oz. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Food Coloring


  1. 1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

    2. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated. 

    3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and vinegar into a thick paste. Add to the butter and sugar mixture. 

    4. Add the salt and red food coloring. Mix well. 

    5. Add the flour and mix until the dough forms and comes together. 

    6. Flip out onto a floured surface and form into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. 

    7. Roll out onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch. Cut out desired shapes and place onto a cookie sheet. 

    8. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden brown. 

    9. Cool, decorate and enjoy! 

Get Creative!

Come check out my basic sugar cookie recipe here. This is a great base recipe you can add many fun extracts, spices, zests, or food coloring to create your own style and flavors! I most recently made orange rosemary flavored cookies for a wedding. Seemed like an odd combination at first, but they were actually quite addicting! So get into your kitchen and create your own fun cookies!

Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day and let me know how your cookies turn out! 


Procrastibaking: when you have a million things to do, but ignore everything and bake! 



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