Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies

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Soft and chewy Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies are a twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Cocoa powder and food coloring in the batter turn them into a vibrantly colored take on the favorite sweet, and impart the lightly chocolate flavor of red velvet treats. These pretty, tender little bites are studded with white chocolate chips for color and extra sweetness.

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Why You’ll Love These Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies

I love red velvet cake for its hint of chocolate flavor and bright red hue. I also love taking my favorite aspects of the cake and turning them into easy-to-make red velvet cookies inspired by that cake! This red velvet cookie recipe produces cookies that are similar to chocolate chip cookies, but redder, and more chocolatey!

If you love red velvet cake you’ll love those classic flavors turned into handheld bites. Here’s why:

  • Easily made gluten-free. The ingredients for these cookies are all gluten-free. You’ll use gluten-free flour to make them gluten-free with no worries.
  • Quick to put together. When you want the flavors of red velvet but don’t want to spend the time making a whole cake, bake red velvet cookies! You’ll get all the pieces you love about red velvet cake without having to bother with layers or frosting.
  • Wonderful texture. I love a soft and chewy cookie, and these red velvet cookies don’t disappoint!
  • Pretty. I admit it – I adore the color of these cookies! How often do you see a red cookie? These red velvet cookies are special as well as beautiful. And they taste so good!
  • Cuisine Inspiration: American
  • Primary Cooking Method: Oven
  • Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free
  • Skill Level: Easy
A red velvet cookie with a glass of milk on a white background.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these beautiful gluten free red velvet cookies. You’ll find the full ingredient amounts in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Gluten-Free Flour: I used King Arthur Measure for Measure but you can use your preferred brand of 1:1 gluten-free flour.
  • Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is best because there is sugar included in the recipe.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is the leavening agent in this recipe to help the cookies rise.
  • Salt: I like to use kosher salt.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar gives the cookies a nice, chewy bite.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar helps to sweeten the dough.
  • Butter: I always use unsalted butter in baking recipes.
  • Egg: An egg helps to hold the batter together.
  • Red Food Coloring: To give the cookies their color! This recipe uses liquid food coloring. If you use gel food coloring, you will need to add 1 tablespoon of milk to the batter. 
  • Vanilla Extract: Always use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor!
  • White Chocolate Chips: White chocolate chips add color and a mellow sweetness to the cookies.
Ingredients needed to make red velvet cookies are shown: butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, white chocolate chips, gluten free flour mix.

How to Make Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies

You can follow along with my method for making red velvet cookies below. Bring your butter to room temperature before you begin for the best results. You’ll find the detailed instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients. Combine the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cream the butter. Beat together the butter and brown and granulated sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, red food coloring, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine the ingredients. Beat the dry ingredients into the wet mixture on low speed. Add the white chocolate chips and pulse your mixer to incorporate them.
  • Form. Using a cookie scoop, portion out the dough onto the prepared pans.
  • Bake. Bake the cookies until the edges are set, then let them cool on the pan before placing them on a wire rack.

Tips for the Best Red Velvet Cookies

Here are a few tips to help you make these beautiful cookies:

  • Bring the butter to room temperature. Take your butter out of the fridge so that it can come to room temperature before you start putting together the cookie dough. Softened butter will better incorporate into the batter, making for an even better cookie.
  • Chill the dough. If you can, place the dough in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to let the batter rest and the ingredients chill. The overall flavor of the cookies will be deeper the longer you let the dough chill.
  • Measure your ingredients carefully. In gluten-free baking, measuring your ingredients carefully is especially important. You can follow the weight measurements for the dry ingredients in the recipe below, or use the “spoon and level” method for accuracy.
  • Use a cookie scoop. For uniformly shaped cookies, use a cookie scoop so that they will all be about the same size.

FAQs

What flavor is red velvet?

Red velvet has a slight cocoa taste from the bit of cocoa powder added to the cake or cookie batter. Red velvet does not have the same strong chocolate taste as a traditional chocolate cake, it’s more of a hint of chocolate.

Can I use gel food coloring?

This recipe uses liquid food coloring. If you use gel food coloring, you will need to add 1 tablespoon of milk to the batter.

Do I need to line the pans?

Gluten free cookies can be more sticky and tender. So lining the pan with parchment paper is the best way to ensure the cookies don’t stick and crumble.

An overhead shot of plates of red velvet cookies.

Proper Storage

There are several ways to store gluten free red velvet cookies which I’ll outline below:

  • Counter – Store gluten free red velvet cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Fridge – Place the cookies in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer – You can place the red velvet cookies in a freezer-safe, sealable bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the cookies in the fridge before eating.
A wire rack of gluten free red velvet cookies.

How to Enjoy Red Velvet Cookies

Yes, of course you can just dig right into these cookies. But you can also make them extra-special!

An overhead shot of plates of red velvet cookies.
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Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies

Soft and chewy Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies are a twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Cocoa powder and food coloring in the batter turn them into a vibrantly colored take on the favorite sweet, and impart the lightly chocolate flavor of red velvet treats. These pretty, tender little bites are studded with white chocolate chips for color and extra sweetness.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 26 minutes
Servings: 22 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup gluten free flour / 155 grams (I used King Arthur Measure for Measure)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder / 20 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup light brown sugar / 140 grams
  • 6 tablespoons sugar / 75 grams
  • ½ cup butter / 113 grams, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips / 185 grams

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. 
Whisk to mix well and set aside.
  • Add the brown sugar, sugar and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium 
speed for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add the egg, red food coloring and vanilla extract. Beat for 60 seconds more. Scrape 
down the bowl again.
  • Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and slowly add the dry ingredients. Stir until just 
combined.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and pulse your mixer to incorporate them.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make balls about the size of a golf ball. Place them on your 
prepared cookie sheets spaced about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven and cool on 
the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

This recipe uses liquid food coloring. If you use gel food coloring, you will need to add 1 tablespoon of milk to the batter. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 142IU3%
Vitamin C 0.04mg0%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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