Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies


Have you started your holiday baking? I have an easy Christmas cookie recipe for a cookie exchange or to enjoy with family or friends, Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies!


These cookies are easy to make, starting with a roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough as a shortcut and some Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion or red food coloring. The emulsion adds the red velvet flavor and a deep red color. I found the emulsion at HomeGoods, but it’s readily available from King Arthur Flour or you can find it on Amazon.


Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Makes about 2 dozen cookies


1 16.5- or 18-ounce roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark)

2 teaspoons Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion/flavoring (or use red liquid food coloring)

1 cup canned cream cheese frosting (I used Pillsbury)

Chocolate sprinkles/ jimmies



In a large bowl stir together cookie dough, flour, cocoa powder, and red food coloring until combined. (I kneaded the dough with my hands to combine and used gloves so my hands weren’t stained. ) Shape dough into a 7-inch roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 2 to 3 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices. (If the dough crumbles slightly when you slice it, press dough together to re-shape the slice into a round.)


Place slices 2 inches apart on an parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake about 7 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.


Place frosting in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 10 to 20 seconds or just until melted; stir. Dip half of each cookie into melted frosting, allowing excess frosting to drip back into bowl. Repeat dipping as needed for a thicker coating. Return cookie to wire rack. Sprinkle dipped portions of cookies with chocolate sprinkles. Let stand until frosting is set.


Layer decorated cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


You can find a printable recipe, here.

Shortcut Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  13 comments for “Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. December 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Mary, Cookies also make a great breakfast :) and I’m drooling over these right now at 6 am! I’m supposed to be catching up on last minute decorating and shopping before we leave for Virginia but I would rather read your blog with my morning tea and I’d love one of these to munch on too. They look so moist and chocolately — yum! I didn’t know toll house came in a dough roll! Must find some so I can make these. Have a nice day! Hope you get just a few flakes to whiten and brighten your day! Linda

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    December 7, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I don’t think I would be able to stop at 2.. straightaway!! ❤️😋❤️😋❤️😋

  3. December 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Sigh…brilliant! I need red velvet emulsion in my pantry asap! Thanks Mary,

  4. December 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I really like the idea of a half cookie dipped into melted frosting then decorated with sprinkles! This would work so nicely for ANY cookie, Mary. You just saved me a ton of time!!! Thanks!
    They really look yummy & would go nicely with a cuppa tea right now.

  5. December 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I’ve never heard of red velvet emulsion, Mary, but I need some! This cookie would be an easy one for my sweet grands to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, and how prettily you decorated them. Merry Christmas baking! xo

  6. December 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Red velvet emulsion is a thing? I had no idea but I want some to make these cookies. Thanks, Mary!

  7. December 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    They turned out great Mary! Especially since I just spent the morning with a Bloggy Blooper cookie:@(

  8. December 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I think this recipe had my mouth watering more than any other that anyone has posted. NUM! They are on my list!
    Thanks, Sandi

  9. December 7, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Mary, these cookies sound so delicious and are so pretty the way that you’ve frosted and decorated them. I have never heard of Red Velvet emulsion but I think I need some now!

  10. December 8, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I have seen that emulsion. Glad to know that it is good. The color of the cookies is so great for Christmas, and then dusted with the white snow of the white chocolate!

  11. December 8, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Mary, we love red velvet anything. I love the shortcut method for an easy cookie for children to help with.

  12. December 9, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Yummy and pretty! I love cookies and wouldn’t be able to stop at 2! Merry ho, ho, ho

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