Red Velvet Cookies

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These classic Red Velvet cookies are thick and chewy, with a hint of cocoa and they are so easy to make! Add a creamy vanilla ice cream between them for the ultimate ice cream sandwich.

Crumbs and Corkscrews - Red Velvet Cookies

I don’t know about you but the Bank Holiday weekend here was glorious and we spent most of it with our family and friends for our annual get-together and this year, the christening of Ian’s outdoor oven. The sun came out, the oven was fired up, there was food spilling out of my fridges and there was plenty to drink, including at least 3 jugs of amazing rosé sangria (as promised)… perfect!

After such a full-on weekend it was back to work as normal on Wednesday and the post-party come-down hit. Stacks of cakes and admin work certainly took care of taking my mind off things, but I was still craving fun food.

Crumbs and Corkscrews - Red Velvet Cookies

Something quick, simple and that went well with the vat of caffeine, that I was consuming to keep me going, was definitely in order. Biscuits… well cookies!

A one-bowl recipe, 10 minutes in the oven, then on to my plate in under 30 minutes. Yes, please.

A voilà Red Velvet Cookies!

Crumbs and Corkscrews - Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Let me blow my own trumpet here a second, I don’t think I’ve ever made cookies as nice, soft and chewy as these before. So happy!

They reminded me of the big cookies you get in supermarkets, except I knew what was going into these. I think the secret is the condensed milk.

I’m certainly giving these another go, maybe next time a triple chocolate version with a nice dark chocolate cookie with milk and white chocolate chunks… Mmmmm! 

Crumbs and Corkscrews - Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Right, back to these. Isn’t that red colour just fabulous? I love Red Velvet cupcakes and these are the definitive cookie version.

We ate most of these with a mug of coffee or a glass of ice-cold milk. But as we’re having something of an Indian summer now September has arrived, I decided to save a couple of the cookies and sandwich them with vanilla ice cream (sorry it’s shop brought on this occasion).

Although I mixed these up and popped them straight in the oven, there is no reason why you couldn’t split the dough and put some in the freezer. The best way would be to roll the dough into a sausage and wrap in clingfilm; then when you can just slice off as many cookies as you’d like and pop them in the oven to bake. Simple!

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Crumbs and Corkscrews - Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Red Velvet Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Serves : 18 cookies
Beautiful red velvet cookies – thick, soft and chewy with a hint of cocoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and the sugar, and cream together using an electric hand whisk.
  • Add the egg to the creamed butter and sugar, and beat with the hand whisk on a high setting. If the mixture curdles add a tablespoon of the flour.
  • Add half of the condensed milk to the mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Now add half the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb of soda and mix well again.
  • Add the remainder of the condensed milk and mix, then add the remainder of the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb of soda, mix well and make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Add the food colouring a little at a time until you get the colour you would like your cookies to be.
  • Line two large baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls approximately 3-4cm in diameter.
  • Place the dough balls on the baking trays and gently press down flattening the balls a little. Make sure the dough balls are spaced well apart to allow them to spread when they are baking.
  • Pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • When you take the cookies out of the oven, slide them off the baking tray and onto a cooling rack to cool.
  • To make the ice cream sandwich, slightly soften any ice cream of your choosing – I chose a simple vanilla ice cream.
  • Line a small baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Take a ring mould and make sure that it’s not bigger than your cookies
  • Spoon the softened ice cream into the mould, to about half the height of the mould, and then press together with the back of a teaspoon.
  • Remove the ring mould and mould as many ice cream disks as needed.
  • Pop the baking tray and ice cream disks in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to freeze again.
  • When the ice cream is frozen again, take the disk and sandwich it between two cookies.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate, roll in sprinkles so they stick to the ice cream or eat it just as it is.
  • Enjoy!


The base recipe for the cookies is fairly adaptable for all sorts of flavours.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 224mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.

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Hi I’m Lou

… Dessert obsessed baker, busy 9-to-5er, and the recipe developer and photographer behind Crumbs and Corkscrews. Based in the UK, I live in the beautiful Cotswolds. I’m so glad to have you here with me and I can’t wait for you to start trying some of my recipes.

9 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cookies”

  1. Oh my goodness, they’re beautiful. What a fantastic idea – definitely one I’ll be trying.

    Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. Pinned and Stumbled. There’s a new linky live now if you want to join in 🙂 x

    • Thank you Emily 🙂 They’re rather moreish, especially with the ice cream and then rolled in chocolate sprinkles so they stick to the ice cream. Just putting up another post that I’ll link to #recipeoftheweek, thanks xx

  2. Ice-cream?! What a fabulous combination! I am pinning these and definitely going to be making them. I’ve done a red velvet cupcake before but never seen it as a biscuit. Good invention.

    Nipping over from ‘Recipe Of The Week’.

    • I’m a little obsessed with ice cream cookie sandwiches at the moment! I’ve been pinning them like crazy. It works really well together. But… I set these to photograph them, then popped the whole thing back in the freezer for my Husband to eat later, but they needed to defrost a little as the cookie was solid. Probably best to make the ice cream discs and keep them in the freezer and just put them together when needed 🙂 x

  3. These look lovely and pretty as well

    • Thank you 🙂 I just love the colour of them x

  4. they look yummy!

    • Thank you, they definitely were 🙂

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