If you are looking for an alternative to those harsh red dyes for your baking
Beet root powder is the best natural food color for red velvet everything!
This time Red Velvet Cookies take center stage.
All natural – no dye – and of course they are VEGAN!
Chewy on the inside, slightly crispy on the outside
Red Velvet Cookie is packed with vegan white chocolate chips
If you want an easy and delicious cookie, this recipe is for you!
You can have a dozen of these in less than 1 hour!
I would suggest to double the recipe below though because let’s face it, who bakes just 12 cookies?!
This recipe is so simple to make you will wonder why you just didn’t make four dozen of them and put half of the dough into the freezer!
You can totally just scoop the cookie dough as usual but instead of baking them
Pop the dough balls into the freezer and then you can have fresh baked cookies at midnight like me!
Simply thaw the frozen cookies on the sheet pan while the oven preheats and bake as usual!
What I love about these No Dye Red Velvet Cookies is that they stay true to their traditional “cocoa” like insides.
A true red velvet is caused by the reaction of the baking soda with the acids in the recipe
Not all that un-natural red dye like most people think!
In reality the taste and look of the red velvet cookie is that of a light cocoa cookie.
Substitutions & Notes for Success:
Of course if you do not have beet root powder or don’t want to buy it for whatever reason
You can go old school (which happens to actually be new school) and use the red dye.
Just put back that 2 Tbs of AP flour that I said to leave out!
It’s ok. I won’t judge you 🙂
The egg repacer I am using here is aquafaba.
Some of you may not want to use that and will ask me for another option.
You can use flax meal 1 Tablespoon dissolved in 3 Tablespoons of hot water instead.
Additionally the white chocolate chips look really nice in this cookie, but I will say they are very sweet.
Maybe just a sprinkling on top would be better than adding the entire cup to the cookie dough.
Use your own taste to decide which way you like it better!
Alternatively you could always just melt the chips and drizzle the tops rather than have those chunky chips inside
For more red velvet recipes click the links below
- Vegan Butter 8 Tablespoons (113g)
- Light Brown Sugar ½ cup (100g)
- Vegan Sugar ½ cup (100g)
- Aquafaba 3 Tablespoons (90ml) *see note in the text of this post above
- Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon (5ml)
- All Purpose Flour 1¾ cups MINUS 2 Tablespoons! (205g)
- Beet Root Powder 2 Tablespoons (20g)
- Baking Soda ½ teaspoon
- Baking Powder ¼ teaspoon
- Salt ½ teaspoon
- Vegan White Chocolate Chips 1 cup *optional
- Cream the vegan butter with both sugars with an electric mixer on medium - high speed until light and fluffy approx 2 minutes.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure an even mix, then add the vanilla extract and the aquafaba slowly as you continue to mix on low speed.
- Once it is incorporated whip on high speed for about 20 seconds to emulsify.
- Scrape the bowl again and then add the salt, baking powder & soda, the beet root powder and the flour.
- Mix well to incorporate and then add the vegan white chocolate chips.
- Mix to combine then using a 2ounce cookie scoop scoop dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan spaced 2" apart.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10 minutes then turn the temperature down to 325°F for another 15minutes.
- Turn the oven off and let the cookies sit inside for 5 more minutes.
- Cool on a rack and then eat them!
You can freeze either the unbaked dough for up to 2 months in a freezer bag or the baked cookies for 1 month in an airtight container