This edible red velvet cookie dough is the ultimate treat. Made with just a few pantry-staple ingredients, every bite is full of decadent red velvet flavor and sweet white chocolate chips. It is completely safe to eat, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!
Nobody can resist a cookie, but this edible red velvet cookie dough is even harder to resist. With its soft, fudgy texture and bites of white chocolate chips, this no-bake red sugar cookie dough is perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings. The slightly tangy red velvet flavor paired with hints of cocoa is such a delicious combination, it's better than Pillsbury and Betty Crocker!
Why You'll Love This Cookie Dough
- No bake - With no baking involved, the dough is ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes and is completely safe to eat.
- Dietary-friendly - The recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!
- Few ingredients - You only need 8 simple ingredients to make this recipe.
- Red velvet - A delicious blend of rich chocolate cocoa, subtle tanginess, and a hint of vanilla forms the classic red velvet flavor we all love.
- White chocolate - Every bite of cookie dough is full of sweet white chocolate chips.
- Easy to store - Save the leftover dough and enjoy a sweet treat all week long!
- No mixer - You can make the dough with just a spatula and keep the mixer clean!
One of the best parts about this recipe is how simple the ingredients are. Below are some helpful ingredient notes. For all information, make sure to check out the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Flour - Use gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum. You can also use normal all-purpose flour. Be sure to measure properly so the dough isn't too thick!
- Butter - Use room-temperature salted butter for best results. If you use unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon of salt to the recipe. Using vegan butter makes the cookie dough dairy-free and vegan.
- Brown sugar - Pack it into the measuring cup for the proper amount. The sweetness from the brown sugar compliments the chocolate red velvet flavor perfectly.
- Granulated sugar - Adds necessary sweetness to the dough.
- Vanilla - Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Cocoa powder - Dark cocoa powder or unsweetened cacao powder works well. This creates the classic red velvet flavor!
- Red food coloring - Gel food coloring creates a deeper red color more quickly than liquid food coloring, but both options work just fine.
- White chocolate chips - Mix chocolate chips into the dough to add texture and even more delicious flavor. Make sure they are vegan-friendly.
This cookie dough recipe is so quick and easy to make! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make homemade edible red velvet cookie dough:
STEP 1: Heat treat the flour. This is important to make the cookie dough safe to eat. Microwave the flour in four 20-second increments, stirring as you go. Set it aside to cool while you mix the rest of the ingredients.
STEP 2: In a medium bowl, use a rubber spatula or an electric hand mixer to mix the softened butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth.
STEP 3: Mix in the vanilla extract and red food coloring a little bit at a time until you achieve the perfect deep red color.
STEP 4: Add in the heat-treated flour and cocoa powder. Fold everything together until a thick and smooth cookie dough forms.
STEP 5: Fold in the white chocolate chips until they are spread evenly throughout the dough. You can enjoy the treat immediately!
TIP: You can easily adjust the consistency of the cookie dough to suit your liking. If you prefer a softer, creamier dough, add a splash of water or milk until you get the perfect consistency.
Expert Recipe Tips
- Let the heat-treated flour cool for 15 minutes before using it in the recipe, so it doesn't melt the butter. If the butter melts it will be hard to form a thick dough.
- Add food coloring a little at a time until you achieve the perfect red color. A little goes a long way! You can leave out the food coloring if you prefer.
- Chill the dough to reduce any graininess from the granulated sugar and enjoy a thicker cookie dough bite that melts in your mouth.
- Add extra white chocolate chips for even more sweetness and yummy flavor!
- Portion the dough into small jars or single-servings so you can share it with friends, take it on the go, or enjoy a little treat without having to thaw the entire batch.
Fun Cookie Dough Variations
This edible red velvet cookie dough is already super delicious, but you can experiment with some easy variations to make it exactly what you're craving:
- Double chocolate - Instead of white chocolate chips use milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips for the ultimate chocolate-flavored dough.
- Sprinkles - Mix in your favorite sprinkles for a fun pop of color and extra crunch!
- M&Ms - Enjoy adding some mini chocolate M&M's to the dough.
- Bite-size - Form the dough into small cookie dough balls for the best red velvet cookie dough bites. This is an easy way to enjoy them and it's perfect for kids!
Want to make regular cookies instead? You can't go wrong with these easy chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Red velvet is a rich, cocoa-infused flavor with a subtle tanginess and a touch of vanilla. It is a unique, indulgent flavor that has a decadent chocolate taste and a slightly tangy touch with a beautiful deep red color.
Yes, definitely! Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into evenly-sized balls. The cookie dough bites can be as big or small as you like!
Yes, the cookie dough is made with heat-treated flour which kills any bacteria, making the dough perfectly safe to eat without baking.
Because the dough does not contain any leavening agents like baking soda or baking powder, I do not recommend baking them as they may turn out flat and dry instead of soft and chewy.
To ensure freshness, store leftover cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. It will firm up as it chills, so let the dough soften at room temperature for 15 minutes before enjoying it again. Consider portioning the dough into single-serving containers if that's easier.
Freezing Red Velvet Cookie Dough
For longer storage, you can freeze the dough. I recommend scooping it into small cookie dough bites and wrapping them in plastic wrap to keep them moist. Place the dough balls in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw at room temperature for 2-3 hours before serving.
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Red Velvet Cookie Dough
- 2 Mixing Bowls
- 1 Rubber Spatula
- ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (or all-purpose flour)
- ½ cup salted vegan butter, softened (or normal butter)
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- red gel food coloring as desired
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup vegan white chocolate chips
- Start by heat-treating the flour. Microwave the flour in a bowl for four 20-second intervals, stirring after each one. Then, let it cool for 5-10 minutes.¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- In a medium mixing bowl, use a rubber spatula or an electric hand mixer to combine the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy.½ cup salted vegan butter, softened, ½ cup brown sugar, packed, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Mix in the vanilla extract and red food coloring. Start with a small amount and add more coloring to achieve the desired red shade. The color will darken after adding the cocoa.1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, red gel food coloring
- Add the cooled heat-treated flour and cocoa powder. Mix until a thick, smooth cookie dough forms. If it is too thick for your liking, you can add a splash of water. Add more food coloring if desired.3 tablespoons cocoa powder, ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- Fold in the white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Enjoy immediately, or store the dough in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.½ cup vegan white chocolate chips