Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This colorful red velvet chocolate chip cookies recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, you won’t believe it’s vegan too! If you love a rich, gooey cookie with lots of chocolate chips, these will be your favorites!

Use this dairy-free chocolate chips guide to find the best chocolate chips or make your own vegan white chocolate chips.

A stack of red chocolate chip cookies with text above them that reads: Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Every now and then you’re looking for a super simple, but a delicious cookie. That’s true whether you’re vegan or not. Am I right?

So, what makes this cake so simple is that it uses a store-bought cake mix. Brilliant, I know!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using a red cake mix means making these tender, gooey cookies is so easy
  • Chilling the dough creates puffy cookies that are beautiful and delicious
  • Adding chocolate chips brings out even more velvet flavor in these irresistible treats!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

Marly’s Tips

To make vegan red velvet cookies, be sure to use dairy-free ingredients as described above.

How to Make Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Melt vegan butter in the microwave
  2. Pour red velvet cake mix into a mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter and flax eggs
  3. Stir in chocolate chips then chill the dough for 30 minutes
  4. Form cookie dough balls and roll in powdered sugar
  5. Bake the cookies for 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer baked cookies onto a wire rack to cool.

It’s easy to make these mouthwatering Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from a cake mix! Here’s a more detailed version of the steps:

Step One: Melt Butter

Begin by placing the vegan butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, until mostly melted.

Step Two: Pour Cake Mix

Pour the red velvet cake mix in a mixing bowl. Add the melty butter. Stir to combine. It will be a very course mixture at this point. 

Marly’s Tips

I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake mix because it’s dairy-free. And as you can see, these Duncan Hines Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies turned out fabulous!

Looking down on a bowl of Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
It’s easy to make red velvet chocolate chip cookies using cake mix!

Step Three: Make the Batter

In the same bowl, you melted the butter, stir together the flax egg and water. Let it sit for a minute or two. Then pour this into the bowl with the red velvet cookie dough batter and stir to combine.

Looking down on a bowl with red velvet cookie dough topped with dark chocolate chips.

Step Four: Add the Chocolate Chips & Chill

Next, stir in the chocolate chips. If you’re using vegan white chocolate chips, use those here. Then, cover the dough and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Step Five: Bake the Cookies

When you’re ready to begin baking, preheat your oven to 350°F. Create 36 cookie dough balls. I prefer to use a cookie dough scoop to make sure the cookies are all a consistent size.

A hand holds Cookie Dough in a scoop

Then, roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1½ inches apart as there will be some spreading.

Bake the cookies for 9 to 10 minutes, depending on your preference for softness. I like these cookies to be soft in the middle so I pull them out at 9 minutes on the dot.

Once you remove the baking pan from the oven, allow the freshly baked cookies to sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool.

A close-up look at Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Storage Tips

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3–5 days. Alternatively, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 8 days. They can be frozen. Allow them to cool after baking, then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough balls. Then, when you’re ready to bake, allow the cookie dough balls to thaw out for about 10 to 15 minutes, then roll in powdered sugar and bake.

A closeup of a stack of red chocolate chip cookies. A bite has been taken out of the top one to reveal melted chocolate chips.

Red Velvet Desserts

If you love these vegan red velvet cookies, you will want to try even more velvet-inspired recipes, such as these:

I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

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

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

These vegan Red Velvet Cookies are colorful cookies infused with chocolate chips. With only a few ingredients, they're so easy to prepare too!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the vegan butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, until mostly melted. Pour the red velvet cake mix into a mixing bowl. Add the melty butter. Stir to combine. It will be a very course mixture at this point. 
  • In the same bowl you melted the butter, add the ground flax seeds and water. Stir to combine. Pour this into the bowl with the red velvet cookie dough batter. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • When you're ready to begin baking, preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a cookie dough scoop to create 36 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.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool.

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Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

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16 Responses to Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

    • 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!

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    • I had no idea their red velvet cake mix was dairy free!! So glad I stumbled upon you blog. I’m a home baker & am trying to find recipes that are delish for people with allergies & gluten sensitivity. Can’t wait to try these. Any idea on how to convert it to a cupcake?

    • Hi Heidi! Thanks for your comment. Just so you know, these cake mixes are not usually gluten free, but you can find some that specifically are gluten-free. Regarding using the cake mix for cupcakes, it is tricky because a standard cake mix without eggs can be a little “flimsy” is the word that comes to mind. Check out my Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes, where I used a standard cake mix and made it vegan. I think this should work for red velvet too. I hope your delish desserts turn out great!

  3. Hi, trying this recipe and my dough is soooo sticky, basically too sticky to work with… do you have tips to make it less sticky?

    • Hi Mariah. Did you use a Duncan Hines cake mix? I’ve never had a problem with this recipe being sticky. However, you could try putting it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to help the dough firm up.

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