If you love using cookie cutters, these scrumptious gluten free red velvet cookies are going to be fun! These heart-shaped sugar cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day, or any time.
Drizzle or dip them in melted white chocolate for delicious flavored cookies!
Valentine's Day is almost here and we have been gearing up to make it extra special since both kids are home right now. My gluten free cut out cookies have been such a big hit, I decided to make a sweet red velvet version.
If you love a firm sugar cookie that holds up to working with cookie cutters, this is a great new cookie recipe for you to try! My kids love decorating them with white chocolate.
You can also use this recipe to make red velvet cookie balls. They hold up to baking pretty well and you can dip them in white chocolate. While you are visiting my blog, make sure to check out all of my gluten free cookie recipes.
Why this recipe is great:
This easy gluten free red velvet sugar cookies recipe is so easy to make. They make a great project to do with your kids. Just grab your favorite cookie cutters!!
The dough works well with most gluten free flour blends and holds its shape really well. I made a big batch and froze them so we could enjoy the cookies any time. I walk you through all of the good gluten free ingredients to use in my gluten free pantry guide.
These gluten free heart shaped cookies are perfect for decorating with white chocolate drizzled on, sprinkles, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
What you need to make these red velvet cookies:
- Gluten free flour blend - This recipe will work with most flour blends. Do not use a flour blend with bean flour or you will end up with bitter cookies. Make the blend you use contains Xanthan gum.
- Cocoa powder - There are many great gluten free cocoa powder brands. My two favorites are Rodelle and Anthony's.
- Butter - Use vegan butter if you would like these cookies to be dairy-free.
Recipe step by step directions:
It is so easy to make these cream cheese red velvet cookies. Here all of the steps:
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.
Step 2: In a microwave safe dish, add the butter and cream cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Add in the food coloring, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
I am not big on food coloring. Natural food coloring doesn't get the same vibrant red color, but it will work. Add as much as you like to get the desired shade of pink. You can also use this natural red food coloring, or add 1 tablespoon of beetroot powder.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Step 4: Wrap the red velvet cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Step 5: Remove the chilled red velvet cookie dough from the refrigerator. Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and put the dough ball in the middle. Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll the dough out to ½ inch thickness.
Step 7: Take your white chocolate melting wafers and put them into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring between every 30 seconds to prevent burning. I used Ghirardelli White Chocolate Wafers.
Step 8: Now the fun part, decorating your red velvet cookies with white chocolate!! Grab some gluten free sprinkles (<= will go over how to know your sprinkles are gluten free.)
Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:
Red velvet is a sweet flavor from cocoa, sugar, and red food coloring. It is not as deep chocolate flavored as chocolate baked goods, but somewhere in the middle of chocolate and vanilla.
If your red velvet cookies are too brown, it means you used too much cocoa powder in the recipe.
My recipe will show you how to make the best gluten free red velvet cookies in just 7 easy steps.
I haven't had this happen, if your cookie dough is too wet, this can happen.
You can easily make these cookies dairy-free by using vegan butter.
These red velvet sugar cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
More fun gluten free Valentine's recipes:
I have lots of delicious ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. Here is a quick link to all of my gluten free Valentine's Day treats in one easy place.
- Gluten Free Brownie Cake
- White Chocolate Fudge Hearts
- Deep Dark Chocolate Custard
- Gluten Free Cake Pops
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies
- 1 ¼ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 10 tablespoons butter softened
- 2 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 20 drops red food coloring
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix into cookie dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Place the cookie dough on a piece of wax paper. Cover with another piece of wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ½ inch thickness.
- Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough. Place each cookie onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes and allow the cookies to cool.
- Melt white chocolate and drizzle over the cookies, or dust with powdered sugar.
- This red velvet cookie recipe will work with most gluten free flour blends. Do NOT use any flour blend with bean flours or your cookies will turn out bitter.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
- These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
- If you prefer not to use food dye, you can add 1 tablespoon beetroot powder to the dry ingredients.
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