Red Velvet Heart Cookies
The days are fast approaching, and Valentine's is almost around the corner. Feel the love with these Red Velvet Heart Cookies!
They are made with a delicious red velvet batter and topped with sugary sprinkles for a surprise of color.
The hearts are so cute and a delicious way to say, I love you or simply make someone smile.
These cookies are perfect any time of year and take only a few minutes to make.
They would go great with a cup of coffee in the morning or teatime in the afternoon.
This Valentine’s Day surprise your loved one with the cutest heart-shaped cookies, perfect for in between the chocolate.
This can be great for kids' birthday parties as well.
Why You’ll Love These Velvet Heart Cookies
- The ingredients are straightforward.
- The recipe is simple to follow.
- Excellent family bonding activity.
- Ideal for giving as a homemade gift.
The full ingredient list and directions are found below in the printable recipe card.
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Equipment Needed to Make Velvet Heart Cookies
- medium bowl
- cookie sheets
- parchment paper or silicone mats
- standing mixer
- cutting board
- disposable piping bag
- heart-shaped cookie cutter
Ingredients For Your Red Velvet Heart Cookies
For the Batter:
- cream cheese
- large egg
- vanilla extract
- red gel food coloring
- Hershey cocoa powder
- 1 – 3in heart shaped cookie cutter
For White Chocolate Frosting:
- white chocolate
- vanilla extract
- Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- 3 disposable piping bags
How To Make A Red Velvet Heart Cookies
Step 1: Cookie Dough Preparation
Preheat the oven up to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Make sure that all dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Mix it until all is combined, smooth, and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, beat in the egg yolk, then add vanilla and red food coloring. You can adjust the color of the batter depending on your reference.
Once the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined, gradually beat in the dry ingredients until combined and a dough forms.
Step 2: Baking Time
Once the dough is formed, carefully proceed to bake. First, sprinkle flour onto a cutting board. Then, roll 1/4 thick cookie dough.
Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them onto the cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone mats.
Bake the cookies in the oven for about 12 to 14 minutes or until it set around the edges.
As soon as the cookies are baked, remove them from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 3: Frosting Preparation
To make the frosting, using a standing mixer, beat the butter and vanilla until it appears to be light in color.
Then, gradually beat in the melted white chocolate, which can be melted by placing chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until thoroughly melted.
Lastly, beat the powdered sugar onto the mixture until all is combined.
Step 4: Time to Decorate
Scoop the frosting and place it into the disposable piping bag. Cut off the tip of the piping bag and outline the edges of the cookies.
Then, fill in the center with the frosting and smooth the surface with an angled spatula.
Sprinkle some Valentine’s Day sprinkles on top and allow the frosting to harden.
Serve and enjoy!
What to Serve/Pair with Your Velvet Heart Cookies
Hot or Cold Milk
Such a simple combo, but so enjoyable.
While red velvet heart cookies aren't the traditional dunkers, they sure do taste like one with their light and airy cake flavor.
Perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you want a classic flavor with a twist!
Tea or Coffee
If you don't like milk, you can pair the cookie with a cup of tea or coffee.
The sweetness of the cookies complements well the aroma a cup of tea or coffee has.
Popular Substitutions & Additions
You can add chocolate chips to the cookie dough as it's being made.
You might also consider adding or topping some of the following for extra texture:
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Wafers
- Dried Fruits
- Mixed Nuts
- Shredded Coconut
- Crushed Toffee Bars
How To Store Red Velvet Heart Cookies
Best Way To Store Velvet Heart Cookies Leftover
Make sure the cookies are completely cool before storing them.
To keep them fresh and soft, keep them at room temperature and store them in an airtight container, such as a resealable freezer bag.
And here's a cunning tip: insert a piece of bread into the bag.
This bread approach may appear to work because the cookies absorb moisture from the bread, keeping it soft and fresh throughout the process.
How Long Will Red Velvet Heart Cookies Last In the Fridge?
Rich, classic red velvet made into a heart shape, these little cookies are a delight!
These cookies can be kept at room temperature for two to three weeks or in the refrigerator for two months.
When cookies are frozen, they keep their quality for eight to twelve months.
Can I Freeze Velvet Heart Cookies
After baking, cookies can be frozen for up to 3 or 4 weeks.
After baking, let the cookies cool fully.
Freeze them on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, then store them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag with the name and date written on it for future reference.
Velvet Heart Cookies FAQs
Is it possible to add different flavors to the sugar cookie dough?
Yes. If you're making your own sugar cookie dough, use almond, peppermint, or citrus extracts instead of vanilla for a unique flavor.
Finely grated fresh citrus zest can be used for flecks of lovely color and a nice pop of taste.
Is it okay if I add a little more flour to the cookie dough?
Yes. The best way to give your thin cookie dough more substance is to add extra flour.
The flour will help to reduce the moisture in the dough, resulting in a fantastically textured batter.
Is it possible for me to bake a healthy cookie?
Yes. Sugar cookies are slightly less healthy than oatmeal cookies.
Compared to other cookies, oatmeal cookies are lower in fat, richer in protein, fiber, and calcium.
Is there a difference between sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies?
No. The flour content of sugar cookies is higher than that of chocolate-speckled cookies.
Sugar cookies also contain white sugar, whereas chocolate chip cookies contain both brown and white sugar.
The amount of sugar in the dough determines how chewy the cookie will be, with brown sugar providing a chewier texture.
Do I need to add extra food coloring to my red velvet cookies because they went brown?
Yes. When there isn't enough food coloring in red velvet cookies, they turn brown.
To bring out the red hue, extra food coloring should be used.
Other Velvet Heart Cookies Recipes You’ll Love
Aside from Red Velvet Heart Cookies, you may try these fun and exciting recipes below:
Red Velvet Heart Cookies Recipe
Red Velvet Heart Cookies Recipe
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 C sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tsp red gel food coloring
- 3 ¼ C flour
- ¼ C cornstarch
- ¼ C hershey cocoa powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 – 3 in heart shaped cookie cutter
White Chocolate Frosting
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 12 oz white chocolate melted and cooled
- 1 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 C Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- 1 disposable piping bag
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats
- Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese and sugar until combined, smooth and fluffy
- Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla and red food coloring
- Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until combined and a dough forms
- Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board and roll the cookie dough to 1/4in thick
- Cut out heart shaped cookies and place onto the cookie sheets
- Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until set around edges
- Remove and allow to cool completely
- Using a standing mixer, beat the butter and vanilla until light in color
- Gradually beat in the melted white chocolate
- Beat in the powdered sugar until combined
- Scoop the frosting into the disposable piping bag and cut the tip off
- Pipe an outline around the edge of the cookies
- Fill in the center with the frosting and smooth with a angled spatula
- Sprinkle some valentine's day sprinkles on top
- Allow the frosting to harden before enjoying the cookies!
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