Home & Family, Dessert

Red Velvet Heart Cookies

I am not terribly fond of soft cookies, blame my mother. She loves all things crisp and crunchy, better if it's chocolate. If you're a fan of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family show you'll recognize this recipe from one of Ali Fedotowsky-Manno's segments. I love writing recipes for television, but sometimes we don't get to show all of the steps involved! Here's the full breakdown, including that decadent mascarpone whipped cream we served alongside the cookies. This is my adult version of cookies 'n cream. Start dipping. 


  • 1 cup AP Flour (plus more for dusting)

  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda

  • ¼ teaspoon Salt

  • 4 ounces Chocolate Chips

  • ½ stick Butter, cut into pieces

  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • 3 tablespoons Red Food Coloring



  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl, set aside.

  2. Heat 1-2 inches of water in saucepan until boiling, put mixing bowl on top and lower heat to simmer. Add chocolate, butter, and brown sugar to top bowl, stir until mostly melted. Remove from double boiler and stir until butter has melted completely. Set aside.

  3. Pour warm chocolate mixture into stand mixer. Beat on low, then add egg and mix until blended.

  4. Add flour in thirds until completely incorporated.

  5. Add food coloring and mix to combine. This will be a sticky dough.

  6. Divide dough in half. Roll each half out onto parchment paper, using more flour across the top where necessary to keep rolling pin from sticking to dough. Place dough (on parchment) onto a cookie sheet and slide into the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until firm but not frozen.

  7. Heat oven to 350˚. Remove one sheet of dough from freezer and flip it onto counter. Peel parchment from back. Using heart cookie cutter, cut out little hearts and place on baking sheet with ½ inch between each cookie.

  8. Bake cookies until lightly toasted and firm to the touch, about 9-11 minutes.

  9. Transfer cookies to cooling rack.