I am so excited to share my recipe for Crumbl Copycat Red Velvet Cookies! These are basically red velvet cake in cookie form: soft, moist and velvety cookies topped off with a swirl of cream cheese frosting and decorated with red velvet crumbs. They are super easy to make, and look and taste amazing (especially for red velvet lovers).
Now before we get going, a little disclaimer: I know these cookies don't look as red as they should! The reason is simple: I didn't add enough red food color, and accidentally used Dutch Processed cocoa powder which is a lot darker than natural cocoa powder. However, I did not want to redo all my photos and videos for such a minor change (and actually did not have time as I am traveling internationally). So don't worry - as long as you use enough food color and natural cocoa powder, your cookies will turn out a nice red color.
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WHAT DO RED VELVET COOKIES TASTE LIKE?
These red velvet cookies taste like... red velvet! They have a slightly sweet, slightly chocolatey flavor, and a very soft and 'velvety' texture. The cookies alone may not taste tremendous, but that's because red velvet NEEDS cream cheese frosting! The frosting adds a beautiful tanginess and sweetness which brings them to life.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY THIS RECIPE
If you're a fan of red velvet, I highly recommend making these Crumbl Copycat Red Velvet Cookies! Here are a few reasons why:
- These cookies are very easy to make! They take only about 20 minutes of work, including the decoration, and need no complicated steps
- They taste just like red velvet cake... need I say more?
- The homemade version is much better! It might be controversial to say, but Crumbl cookies are way too sweet and sometimes a bit dry. Not to mention, the homemade version is cheaper and accessible for everyone, unlike Crumbl cookies
- They're really cute. Seriously
Here's a quick video tutorial for this recipe:
PROCESS WITH PHOTOS
You can find detailed instructions for these Red Velvet Cookies in the recipe card below, but let's quickly go over the process with photos so you can visualize each step!
First, whisk the butter with the white and brown sugars until a fluffy and light mixture forms:
Next, whisk in the egg, vinegar, red food color and vanilla:
Lastly, sift and fold in the dry ingredients to complete the cookie dough:
Chill the dough until it's firm, then shape into large cookie balls and bake:
While the cookies cool, make the cream cheese frosting:
Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and pipe generous swirls onto the cookies:
Decorate with red velvet crumbs and you're ready to enjoy!
TIPS TO PERFECT THIS RECIPE
While this recipe is very easy, it's also a bit tricky to perfect your very first time. Worry not, as I've got some helpful tips for you:
- Weigh your ingredients, especially flour, for best results
- Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature
- Use gel food color for the best pay-off! I highly recommend this one
- If the dough becomes too sticky at any point, refrigerate it for 10 minutes and it will be easy to handle again
- Make sure to bake a test cookie first! This is really important as every oven is different, and cookies can go from under-baked to over-baked quickly. So first bake one cookie, let it cool for 10 minutes, and taste it. If it's too soft for your liking, bake slightly longer. If you want it softer and more chewy, bake for less time or at a slightly lower temperature
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days, or in the fridge for 3-5 days. Just note that they can become a bit dry in the fridge over time
Yes! You can make them 1 day ahead of time and keep in the fridge. Let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving