Red velvet goes keto! That’s right you can enjoy red velvet keto cookies and remain keto compliant with these delicious low-carb cookies.
As a fan of red velvet, I have a few keto-friendly recipes like my keto red velvet brownies, my keto red velvet ice cream cake but this was the first time I attempted to make keto-friendly red velvet cookies. And boy is this girl happy she did since they were an instant hit with the family.
These soft-baked cookies have everything you love about red velvet in the convenience of a cookie. Giving you the flavor profile you crave in a portion-controlled serving. Serve these as keto Valentine’s Day treats, Christmas, or anytime you are craving red velvet!
You might want to also check out my complete collection of Keto Cookies where you are sure to find other crave-worthy treats.
And since these cookies are made with coconut flour, be sure to check out our entire collection of keto coconut flour recipes for more delicious options!
How To Make Keto Red Velvet Cookies
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No one can argue with the fact that red velvet recipes are festive and it’s why I am happy to share this recipe for you to enjoy any time of the year but especially during Christmas and Valentine’s Day. These cheery cookies are sure to make those holidays extra special.
It’s key that all your ingredients are allowed to come to room temperature. This allows for better blending and ensures the best flavor.
The quality of ingredients you use is also important which is why I have taken the time to list and link the ones I used in this recipe below.
Red Velvet Keto Cookies Ingredients
Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this page. The following are all the ingredients you’ll need to make these keto cookies.
- Baking chocolate
- Cocoa powder
- Unsalted butter, room temperature
- Full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
- Heavy whipping cream
- Granulated sugar substitute
- Coconut flour
- White vinegar
- Baking powder
- Cream of tartar
- Vanilla extract
- Red food dye
- Confectioner’s sugar substitute, for the icing
Sugar Substitute Options
When it comes to choosing which sugar substitute to use for these keto red velvet cookies, I have several options for you.
Lakanto Monk Fruit is hands down my favorite. Because the texture and flavor are what I have found to be the closest to real sugar and since there is barely any aftertaste.
Having said that, I’m also partial to the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.
If you are wondering why I have not mentioned any stevia-based sweeteners, it’s because I do not feel it pairs well with chocolate recipes. I find that it accentuates the bitterness in stevia and it’s why I do not recommend it in this recipe.
I opted for a combination of baking chocolate and cocoa powder. The recipe does not call for a large amount of chocolate but the use of both works well in achieving the red velvet flavor profile.
History Of Red Velvet Recipes
Red velvet recipes have been enjoyed since the 1800s. The name velvet referred to the smooth texture of the cocoa powder provided in the recipe. The use of cocoa powder was a way to soften the flour and help produce a finer textured cake.
During World War II the shortage of food made baking items became very rare to acquire. Finding basic ingredients where nearly impossible to find. This meant that cocoa powder was not something you could just pick up at your local grocery store.
So bakers became very creative and instead of using cocoa powder they added beet juice to mimic the color of chocolate and to keep their baked goods moist.
This explains why red velvet desserts do not have a strong chocolate taste and the back story to the red color that makes them stand out.
The Tanginess Factor
Most recipes for red velvet include buttermilk. The tanginess of buttermilk is a key component in getting the flavor of red velvet correctly. In order to achieve this in these red velvet keto cookies, I used both a little vinegar and cream of tartar.
This combination worked perfectly and gave these cookies the classic red velvet flavor I was going for. Trust me it works. So don’t skip the vinegar and cream of tartar addition because it sounds strange. It’s a vital step in getting the flavor of red velvet perfect.
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- 1 cup of coconut flour
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 ounces of baking chocolate
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 8 ounces of full fat cream cheese softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar substitute
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 4 eggs
- 3-5 teaspoons of red food coloring
- 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
Cream Cheese Icing
- ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon of cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar substitute
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
Red Velvet Keto Cookie Dough
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Melt the baking chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave (20 seconds) then set aside
- Using an electric mixer on high combine the cream cheese, butter, sugar substitute, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and white vinegar.
- Once fully combined add the 4 eggs one at a time, making sure that the batter is fully incorporated.
- To the cookie dough add the melted chocolate and beat dough until it's perfectly mixed.
- Next stir in the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and mix well.
- Allow the dough to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Cream Cheese Icing
- In a small bowl using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar substitute and salt.
- Next, add vanilla extract and heavy cream and mix until well combined and smooth.
- Add the cookie dough using a small cookie scoop onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Flatten the cookies slightly.
- Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes (Do not over-bake)
- Allow cookies to fully cool about 20 minutes on a cookie rack.
- Using a fork drizzle the tops of the cookies with the cream cheese icing
- Allow the icing to set about 5 minutes.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 17.1gSaturated Fat: 10.7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 6.0gNet Carbohydrates: 4.9gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 3.9gProtein: 3.5g