Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

What could be better for Galentine’s than Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies? These cookies are so on top of their game, I’ve got a nick name for them. Smooth Operators, that’s what these cookies are. They move in space with minimal waste and maximum joy. Thanks, Sade!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, I’m sure you all know by now that February 13 is Galentine’s Day. Right?

For those of you who want the 411 (that’s still a thing, right?), here’s the deal. Galentine’s Day started as an idea from the sitcom Parks and Recreation. As I’ve said before, I wasn’t originally a fan of this show. I know. Hard to believe. But because I’ve been on the board of director of our local Parks and Recreation department for years now, this show just irked me because it seemed like a sad representation of the people who actually work in parks and recreation departments across the country. Contrary to the name, they are some of the hardest working people across the country. Camp Fire Girl’s Honor!

But I’ve come to realize a big truth in life. Humor and satire requires a little space to be appreciated.

When I can watch Parks and Rec in my zen place and ignore how little the characters on the show actually work, I can see the hilarity of it all.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with the chocolate chips

So, back to the main topic. Here’s a definition of Galentine’s Day in the words of one of the main characters:

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair minus the angst. Plus frittatas. — Leslie Knope

What a brilliant idea. Ladies celebrating ladies. We should do more of that!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in a scoop

What I Love About These Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

First and foremost, I love how easy these cookies are to make. I mean, we’re talking around 5 ingredients. Not too shabby! And delicious? OMG. Imagine dense, gooey, chocolatey, red devil deliciousness in every bite.

That about sums it up.

Plus, I love that when I shared them with my non vegan friends, they oohed and ahh’d in delight. Music to my ears.

A close-up look at these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

My friend Courtney put together a whole gaggle of Galentine’s Day bloggers. You can participate in the fun by going from link to link and seeing all the yummy, gally recipes in the bunch. Just make sure you’ve got an empty stomach first, because this is some serious goodness!

Galentine’s Day Goodies

Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Orange Yogurt Waffles from Savvy Eats

Chocolate Honey Bombs from The Live-In Kitchen

Brownie Batter Chocolate Tart from Melanie Makes

Coeur a la Creme with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Strawberries from Heather’s Dish

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Puffs from The Redhead Baker

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Chocolate Cheesecake from NeighborFood

Strawberry Covered Dark Chocolate Truffles from Girl Versus Dough

Cheesecake Milkshakes from Chocolate Moosey

Campari and Passion Fruit Sorbet from Food Lust People Love

Boston Cream Trifles from gotta get baked

Grilled Cheese & Chocolate Sandwich with Ganache Dipping Sauce from Climbing Grier Mountain

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Namely Marly

Red Wine Ice Cream Floats from Mind Over Batter

Wicked Waikiki Sour from Pineapple and Coconut

Anise-Scented Ice Cream with Candied Fennel Seeds from girlichef

Mini Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Whipped Cream from A Cookie Named Desire

Celebrating Galentine's Day with these Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, for those of you who think making cookies with a cake mix is a little below your standards, check back with me tomorrow because I’m going to be sharing a super healthy, super delicious version of these cookies. You’re gonna love it!

Love is such a happy thing. Don’t you think? And do you know what would make me happier than Leslie Knope at a Hillary Clinton for President Campaign kick-off event? If you made these Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies and shared them with me using #NamelyMarly via Instagram and/or Twitter. You know…it’d make my day!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen, depending on size


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines because it doesn't have dairy products)
  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine, softened
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax, 2 tbsp corn starch, ½ cup water)
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Pour the red velvet cake mix in a mixing bowl and add the softened margarine. Stir to combine. It will be a very course mixture at this point. Create a well in the center and add the 2 flax eggs. Stir to incorporate the flax eggs into the rest of the batter. Add the chocolate chips and give it one last stir. Cover and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  2. When you're ready to begin baking, heat your oven to 350F. Use a cookie dough scoop to create cookie dough balls. Roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool.

If you’re into red velvet cookies, you’re in luck! There’s lots of fabulous recipes online. Here are a few you might want to check out:

Whatever Galentine’s Day goodie you’re getting gnarly with, enjoy!

Posted 2 years ago by Marly on Friday, February 13th, 2015 · Permalink

12 Responses to Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Oh these are just gorgeous Marly! And so perfect for a lady party. Since they’re so easy to make I may have to whip some up this very weekend. Thanks for joining in the fun, friend!

  2. These look so good! Happy Galentine’s Day!

  3. These look glorious! Wow, so gooey. The perfect cookie. I love Parks & Rec. I will be honest, I didn’t love it at first, either. It was too deadpan for me, and I was taking the characters too seriously. But with time, it’s grown on me. Galentine’s Day, begin! 🙂

    • Thanks Michelle! I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who took awhile to like that show! 🙂 If these cookies had a middle name, I’m sure it would be Gooey! Take that Glass Animals!

  4. I’m a cookie monster at heart and these babies look divine! So fun to celebrate Galentine’s Day with you.

  5. Major props for quoting from Sade – I love that song! I was listening to it on repeat about six months ago. Smooth Operator will always sound good! These red velvet cookies look absolutely amazing, Marly. I especially love the melty chocolate chips interspersed in there. Happy Galentine’s Day!

  6. Yea, the show is about humor and satire and not how the parks and rec departments are portrayed in real life. It’s like The Office where office life is overexaggerated. Anyway, love the sound of these cookies!

  7. COME.
    MAMA <3

  8. Oh. My. Do these look divine, or what?! And that photo with the scoop? Just gorgeous, my friend!

  9. YUM! Your photos are really amazing! Hope you’re having a great weekend!