Red Velvet Heart Cookies

Red Velvet Heart Cookies

Most people think of Valentines Day and they think of romance , fancy dinners, and flowers. All that is fine but I’m a fat girl so I think of chocolate and all the fabulous desserts that go along with this holiday like these Red Velvet Heart Cookies. Seriously , I expect my favorite chocolates that come in heart shapes and they are hidden in my secret stash drawer for only me , LOL . Since red velvet is basically chocolate with red dye I decided to alter one of my favorite chocolate cut out cookies for this recipe. This is the perfect cookie for the kids to help with and send for classroom treats, or even for your valentine . Another great cookie us Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies.


Several Red Velvet Heart Cookies on a table.

I decided to develop this Red Velvet Heart cookies a little earlier than expected. My daughter is planing a mission trip to Cambodia later this year with her church group and they are doing a fundraiser. As part of their fundraiser they are having bake sale. Since her idea of cooking is popping something in the microwave she asked me for baked goods. Of course I would never turn her down on a request like this , plus I think she needs to make a sign “Have a heart and buy a heart”. These cookies are chewy and the cream cheese frosting make them perfect. Just be careful not to roll them too thin or they will get too crispy.

These are easy enough to make young children can help in the kitchen with these. Start of by sifting all the dry ingredients together.

sifting dry ingredients

Then cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

Creaming butter and sugar

Add eggs, vanilla , sour cream and blend well . Then add the red food coloring

add eggs and sour cream

add red food coloring

Add the flour mixture a little at a time until all the flour is incorporated

adding dry ingredients        Chill dough for about an hour

dough mixed

Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut out hearts. I like my cookies soft and chewy so I tend to roll them a little thick

dough rolled and cutting heart cookies

Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven. These do spread a bit so don’t over crown the cookie sheet

Baked red velvet heart cookies

Once the cookies are completely cooled mix the cream cheese frosting

mixing frosting

I place the frosting in a piping bag with a large round tip to make things a bit neatergetting reading to decorate cookies

Line the outer edges of the cookie and slightly fill the center. Spread around with a spatula and apply sprinkles before the frosting hardens

pipe icing on cookiespread icing on cookiesprinkle candied hearts



Bite taken out of Red Velvet heart cookie


Red Velvet Heart Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • Sprinkles optional


  • In a large bowl sift together the cake flour , cocoa, salt and baking powder. Set aside
  • Cream together the room temperature butter and sugar until fluffy
  • Add both eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat until blended
  • Add Red food coloring and beat until blended
  • Add flour mixture a little at a time until it is all blended
  • Place dough in a bowl and chill for at least an hour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface about a 1/4 inch in thickness, careful not to roll too thin or they will be too crispy
  • Flour cookie cutters and cut out hearts
  • Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart , they will spread
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes
  • Cool completely before frosting
  • I piped on frosting and then spread it around but you can just spread
  • apply sprinkles before frosting hardens
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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I love all the Valentines Day snacks and goodies and adorable little cookies like these heart ones. These will be so much fun to make and decorate with the kiddos.

4 years ago

Love Red Velvet Desserts! The best part for me is always Cream Cheese Frosting! Can’t wait to make these cookies!)

4 years ago

Simple and beautiful. Plus they look quite delicious as well! What a fun treat for Valentine’s Day!

Jess at BlessHerHeartYall.com
Jess at BlessHerHeartYall.com
4 years ago

These are such caaaaa-ute cookies! Perfect for Valentine’s Day! I have a classroom full of students who would LOVE these come Valentine’s Day!

4 years ago

Oh, these cookies are perfect! I love cream cheese frosting and have been craving it! So glad I found this recipe!

Brown Sugar Food Blog (Nicole Nared-Washington)
Brown Sugar Food Blog (Nicole Nared-Washington)
4 years ago

These are super cute for Valentines Day!

Rebecca Blackwell
4 years ago

I’ve seen recipes for red velvet cookies before but never tried making them. These looked so delicious that I decided to give them a try and I’m so happy I did. They are absolute delicious! And so pretty. Thank you for a great recipe!

Charity Beth Long
Charity Beth Long
4 years ago

Your cookies are so pretty! I love red velvet cake. so I’m excited to try this recipe. My valentines thank you!

4 years ago

This cookie is so pretty! More than us, our kids would love to make this cookie and treat themselves. Daughter especially loves all things pink and purple. Going to make this for her.

Amy Dong
Amy Dong
4 years ago

These are lovely for Valentines and beyond! So pretty and festive and who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting! 🙂

4 years ago

How many cookies does this recipe make?

4 years ago

I’d like a red velvet cookie that is a bit crunchy rather than cakey. What kind of texture do these have?

Kimberly Ann Johnson
Kimberly Ann Johnson
3 years ago

I’d like to make these for a choir party. How many cookies does one batch make?

3 years ago

Hi! Love this recipe! I had a question though because I feel like I must be doing something wrong. Everytime I try to roll the dough, it always seems way too sticky to be able to cut it into shape. Also wanted to ask if there was a reason why my cream cheese frosting, although tastes amazing, always seems so lumpy? Thanks!