Red Velvet Recipes for Valentine's Day

Last Updated February 12, 2018
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Red Velvet Crackle Cookies
Woo your sweetheart with these red velvet crackle cookies. Photo by Erin Scott.

Remix your red velvet recipes for a sweet and modern holiday treat.

Red velvet cake never goes out of style in the South. The classic version is chocolate-flavored, mahogany-colored and slathered with a sweet, cream cheese frosting. Originally the redish color was attributed to bakers using non-Dutched (anthocyanin-rich) cocoa in the recipe. Today, most people get away with using red food coloring or beet juice to get that rosy hue.

For Valentine's Day, mix up tradition with one of these modern recipes: red velvet crackle cookies, red (wine) velvet cake or red velvet marble cake. We've also thrown in a great recipe for cream cheese frosting and dark chocolate-hazelnut fudge, just in case you want to intensify the aphrodisiac-power of chocolate even more.

Red (Wine) Velvet Cake

Red wine velvet cake
This cake’s color hinges on the anthocyanins found in red wine and raw cocoa, as even organic brands of “natural” cocoa powder lose their colorful potential in the roasting process. They create...

Red Velvet Marble Cake

red velvet marble cake
Red velvet cake swirled into vanilla cake. What's not to love?

Red Velvet Crackle Cookies

Red Velvet Crackle Cookies
Here, I have taken traditional chocolate crackle cookies, which look like they are covered with snow, and given them a holiday accent by making them red velvet. Be sure to coat the cookie balls...

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting
Instead of gritty powdered sugar, this tangy frosting starts with a light vanilla custard made from fresh milk and eggs. That keeps it thick and creamy, but not too rich—perfect for slathering over...

Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge
Here's a great winter-day project for the whole family—as long as everyone can wait the two hours the fudge must sit before it can be eaten. The combination of bittersweet chocolate and toasted...
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