Red Velvet Cookie Pops

Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!Soft and sweet Red Velvet Cookies on a stick, plus free printable tags for Valentine’s Day! Today’s red velvet cookie pops will make your Valentine’s heart pitter patter.

Soft and Chewy Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

Valentine’s Day is a holiday we all either love or hate.

Although we don’t go over board in my family, buying lavish presents and roses, I do love a holiday that honors appreciating the special people in your life, and telling them so.

Easy Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

Love is worth celebrating.


Not the kind based on pure physical attraction, that is so easy to fall into when we’re young.

But real love.

The kind that’s based on little daily choices to put others first and overlook their imperfections.

I’m certainly thankful my family and friends forgive my imperfections; Gods knows I have a bundle.

Making Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

Today I’ve got a little treat that is sure to make your loved ones feel celebrated this Valentine’s Day, Red Velvet Cookie Pops!

These Red Velvet Cookies are tender and moist with the subtle flavors of red velvet cake. After all, a red velvet cake is just a simple buttermilk cake with a little cocoa powder and a whole lot of food coloring.

How to Make Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

Here I’ve mimicked the flavors of red velvet cake by adding cocoa, and a touch of vinegar to my favorite roll out cookie recipe. The vinegar gives the cookies a very mild twang, like buttermilk.

Then I made a thick (not fluffy) cream cheese frosting to “glue” the red velvet cookies together on lollipop sticks. The frosting hardens just enough to keep the red velvet cookies fastened to the sticks.

Fabulous Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

Red Velvet Cookie Pops are perfect for sharing with your coworkers, neighbors, or your child’s classmates this Valentine’s Day.

Plus, I’ve got Free Printable Tags for your Red Velvet Cookie Pops today!

Free Printable Valentine Tags

These sweet little tags, will make your Valentine offerings even more special, with space to personalize them.

I made these free printable tags using graphics from (with permission from the owner to share them with you.) offers an array of affordable cute-and-clean graphics to make homemade birthday invitations, cards, and crafts really stand out. For more Valentine graphics and ideas, make sure to check out the site!

Free Printable Tags for Valentines Day

To Use:

  • Click Here to Print. Print button on the top left corner. (White cardstock recommended.)
  • Trim the tags and punch a hole on the top of each tag.
  • Tie each tag to a red velvet cookie pop with ribbon or string.

Chewy Red Velvet Cookie Pops for #ValentinesDay + Free Printable Tags!

More Valentine Treats for Your Sweetie:

Chocolate and Roses Truffle Spoons

Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours

Cherry Buttermilk Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean V-Day Cookies ~ Shugary Sweets

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies ~ Cookies & Cups

Valentine’s Love Cupcakes ~ Sweetopia

Red Velvet Cookie Pops

Yield: 16-17 cookie pops

Prep Time:30 minutes active time

Cook Time:6-8 minutes

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For the Red Velvet Cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red food coloring gel

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar + extra for sprinkling
  • 16-17 lollipop sticks


  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until extremely light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then add the vanilla, vinegar and egg and beat until well combined.
  2. Then beat in the salt, cocoa powder and food coloring, scrape the bowl and beat again for even coloring. Add the flour slowly and beat until just combined. Press the dough flat on a piece of plastic wrap, and wrap well. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Flour a work surface, then roll the dough evenly to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 inch heart cookie cutter, cut out the cookies close together. Use a small spatula to carefully move them to the cookie sheets. Gather the remaining dough and reroll and cut to get 32-34 cookies. (Cut the cookies close together and do not roll the dough more than twice, or the cookies will be tough.)
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes. They should come out of the oven soft, not crisp. Cool completely on the baking sheets.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and salt together. Slowly add the powdered sugar until smooth. Place the frosting in a piping bag.
  6. Turn half of the cookies over and pipe a thick ribbon of frosting in a V shape on the flipped cookies. Press a lollipop stick into the frosting, then gently press another cookie on top to flatten out the frosting. Allow the red velvet cookie pops to dry a bit (30 minutes) for the frosting to set up and hold the cookie on the stick. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
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71 comments on “Red Velvet Cookie Pops

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted January 28, 2013 at 5:11 am Reply

    Who could not love these? The tags are the best!

  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted January 28, 2013 at 5:23 am Reply

    Girlfriend, I just adore these sweet little Red Velvet Cookie Pops you created. What a fabulous concept for “red velvet”! And, the free printable tags? Just precious. Your food photography is spot on. Here’s to making your loved ones feel celebrated and their hearts going “pitter patter” this Valentine’s Day!

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted January 28, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    These are adorable Sommer, and I’m sure they taste absolutely delicious!!

  4. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 28, 2013 at 6:44 am Reply

    Red velvet is my favorite. This are adorable for Valentine’s Day and I love these printables!

  5. DessertForTwoposted January 28, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    How CUTE! Yes, love is worth celebrating! :)

  6. Samanthaposted January 28, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

    So cute. What a great way to let someone know you care!

  7. Cookin Canuckposted January 28, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    These are adorable, Sommer – both the pops and the tags. And I completely agree that love is worth celebrating!

  8. Amandaposted January 28, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

    Looks so good! What a fun treat!

  9. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 28, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love everything about these – the cookies, the tags – so sweet!

  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 28, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    These are beyond adorable!! How creative you are! I love celebrating love :)

    • Sommerposted January 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

      Me too friend!

  11. Cassieposted January 28, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    What an adorable tag, Sommer. I’m not really ready for Valentine’s day but I am definitely ready for some red velvet!

  12. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted January 28, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    Cute, cute, and cute! Love the cookies and the tags. And absolutely — cheers to real love. :)

  13. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted January 28, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    “Love is worth celebrating” – that made me smile! :)

  14. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 28, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

    I love the tags–absolutely adorable! And red velvet cookie pops sound like the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. :)

  15. Mariaposted January 28, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

    Super duper cute!

  16. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 28, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    These are very very cute!!

  17. Amyposted January 28, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

    Darling! I wish I had something like this when my kids were younger to send on Valentine’s Day. So precious!

  18. Gabyposted January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    too cute!! I want someone to make these for me :)

  19. Jenny Flakeposted January 28, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    These are absolutely adorable!! xoxo

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 28, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    So stinkin’ cute!

  21. naomiposted January 28, 2013 at 11:12 am Reply

    So darn cute, Sommer!!

  22. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 28, 2013 at 11:30 am Reply

    Love the printable Valentine’s and the cookies are adorable.

  23. Carolina HeartStringsposted January 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Great post. They look delicious.

  24. TidyMomposted January 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm Reply

    so adorable Sommer!! I made RV cookie last week that I’ll be posting soon – your printabels are too cute!!

    • Sommerposted January 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

      Can’t wait to see them! :)

  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

    These are the cutest pops ever, Sommer! :)

  26. RavieNomNomsposted January 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

    So adorable!!!

  27. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply


  28. Melissa Bposted January 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm Reply

    I love these ideas! so cute!

  29. a farmer in the dellposted January 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    you are a genius! These are so stinking cute! love them.

  30. [email protected]posted January 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Love these!! So cute!

  31. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted January 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply

    So cute! I love it!!! The printables are adorable!

  32. Kathy - Panini Happyposted January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm Reply

    These came out so cute, Sommer! I especially like the photo of the pop with a bite taken out…I imagine that’s exactly how mine would look moments after I had one of these in my hand, lol.

  33. marlaposted January 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Sommer these are such cute cookies and darling tags!

  34. [email protected]posted January 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    What a cute idea! Love the printable!

  35. JulieDposted January 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

    So cute, Sommer!!

  36. [email protected]posted January 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

    These are adorable! Such a great idea. I’m sure they are tasty too!

  37. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted January 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply

    How adorable. I’d love to make these with my kids and I’m sure they would jump at the chance to play with sugar. Thanks, Sommer!

  38. jenposted January 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Those printables are so darn sweet!

  39. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted January 29, 2013 at 12:40 am Reply

    Sommer! I love these so much! And the printables are too cute!

  40. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 29, 2013 at 12:44 am Reply

    Too stinking cute! I know I’m supposed to make them for Jason but I think I want to eat them all myself. Is that wrong?

  41. katieposted January 29, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    These are so darling!

  42. Amandaposted January 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply

    These are so fun!! Love them!! :)

  43. Angieposted January 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Oh, I just love these, how cute!

  44. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Super sweet! I would really LOVE to have one!

  45. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 30, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    Those look amazing! Just perfect for a Valentines treat!

  46. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 30, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    So cute — love these!

  47. [email protected]posted January 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, you just made my heart go “pitter patter”! These are absolutely adorable. I might go all the way and print out these cute tags as well. Will make for a cute treat.
    Thanks for sharing Sommer!

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  49. Shainaposted January 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Those tags are just the sweetest!

  50. Margaretposted February 4, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    What a great gift idea for teachers and bus drivers. Yum!

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  54. Sheenaposted February 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

    These are too cute to be true, going to try them out this Valentine :D

    Just wondering, how long can these last at room temperature before it melts? (:

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  57. Ange S.posted February 10, 2014 at 3:17 am Reply

    Hello !
    I fell in love with this recipe when I first saw its pictures ! :)
    I tried it last night, did everything as requested, but the cookies came out crisp and not soft… Is it the heat of the oven or the timing ?

    Thanks for any help :)

    • Sommerposted February 13, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

      Hey Ange, It may be an oven issue. Ovens can be temperamental. I like to keep an extra thermometer in mine to make sure the temperature is exact.

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  61. Annette Pradoliniposted April 10, 2014 at 10:41 am Reply

    Hi there,

    What is the amount of food colouring gel. 1/4 to 1/2 ?
    Tbsp, cup ?

    Please let me know as I want to try this recipe.

    Thanks much

  62. Jodyposted May 25, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply

    I made them yesterday for my daughter’s birthday party. They came out perfectly! I minused the lollipop sticks and put them in treat bags. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you

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  66. Jeanetteposted February 24, 2015 at 8:48 am Reply

    Hi Sommer

    I fell in love with this idea. I am from South Africa and we do not find “all purpose flour” as easy as you do. We have many “cake flour” options ranging from normal, wheat and Gluten-free. Also self raising flour.

    Since the recipe did not call for baking powder or baking soda i chose self-raising flour. I am fairly new to baking so I need your advice. My cookies did not come out as I anticipated.

    Also, we have food colouring but not a gel like in your recipe, the recipe does not specify if it is tsp or tbsp?

    Looking forward to your reply, I want to ace this recipe even from afar.


    • Sommerposted February 24, 2015 at 9:49 am Reply

      Hi Jeanette!

      You can substitute cake flour, just add a little extra. Maybe 4-5 tablespoons more – especially if you are planning to use liquid food coloring. I would start with 4 tablespoons extra flour and 1 teaspoon of liquid food coloring, then add more of either if needed.

      Let me know how it goes! XOXO

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