Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies: These homemade red velvet cookies are chocolatey, chewy, and intensely red! Mixed with white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chips, and blue M&Ms, these delicious cookies are the perfect addition to your 4th of July party!
It’s almost the 4th of July! Hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, patriotism, sparklers, fireworks, family, friends, remembrance, and freedom are just a few of my favorite things about this day! I have always loved history, and the 4th is another day to remind me of our country’s history and how blessed we are to live here!
Now, my family has always been big on holidays. We are BIG fans of Christmas, Thanksgiving (all of the glorious food–how could you not?!), and Easter. We love not just what each holiday represents, but also that we can share the holiday together as a family.
Usually during these affairs, someone suggests watching old family videos. A few years ago, we all learned just how much our family loved the 4th of July. Some of our family videos are skipped over because they detail long and boring soccer games of us as kids clustering around the ball and doing nothing of any particular interest. But, we picked one of those anyway just to see what else was on the tape, and we hit the mother load of hilarity and embarrassment.
We found a recording of the 4th from the mid-’90s, making my brother, sister, and me somewhere between the ages of 4-11. Apparently my brother was big on the history as well at that age, because he was the one who conspired this whole embarrassing affair together.
He set up the video camera and had us as a family, including our parents, sing patriotic songs and recite the pledge of allegiance together. He was in his baseball uniform (because what’s more American than baseball), my sister and I were in patriotic t-shirts and patriotic hairbows, and my parents were great sports in their participation of the whole scenario.
Yes, this actually happened. And no, no one apart from my family will ever see this.
It was hilarious, to say the least. What can I say, we were creative, imaginative children, haha!
Red velvet cookies, you say?
Oh yeah. All of the flavors of red velvet cake baked into a chewy, chocolatey, amazing cookie.
I used my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe, which I have to say is my favorite recipe ever–maybe that sounds biased, but they are a big hit at every event I bring them to! Trust me and give them a shot! You won’t be disappointed. Then, give these a shot, and you’ll be doubly amazed and in a chocolate chip cookie Heaven!
Now, for those of who you don’t know this, because I just discovered this myself a couple of years ago, red velvet gets its red color from food coloring and its hint of chocolate flavor from cocoa powder. Usually, the classic red velvet flavor is enhanced by either buttermilk or distilled white vinegar.
I totally thought red velvet was some artificial something-or-other that only came in a box.
Boy, was I ever wrong. Red velvet is great.
Anyway, when it comes down to the logistics, you start by creaming butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together. Add in an egg, vanilla, buttermilk, and salt. Mix cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda together. Slowly mix into the wet batter. Add in food coloring. Mix until thoroughly red in color. Add in white and semi-sweet chips and blue M&Ms.
Done. Finito. El fin.
Okay, now I’m done.
One quick tip, be super careful with liquid food coloring. From experience, let me tell you that even if you are certain there is no way the open bottle of food coloring on the other side of the kitchen will spill, it can. And then you will be furiously trying to clean it up all the while thinking that if you had just closed the bottle you wouldn’t have red stained flooring. Luckily, my mishap happened in one of my old college apartments that was so beat up it ended up not mattering.
But, the moral of the story is to just close the bottle after you’ve poured your measurement.
- 1/2 c butter, softened
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp buttermilk
- 2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 c flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 Tbsp liquid red food coloring
- 1/2 c white chips
- 1/2 c semi-sweet chips
- 1/4 c blue M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350.
- With a mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add in sugars, and beat until well combined.
- Add in egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
- Next, add in buttermilk and mix.
- In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients.
- Next, add in red food coloring and mix until the dough is completely red.
- Add in chips and M&Ms, and mix until just combined.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Enjoy with milk!