Vegan Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This colorful vegan red velvet chocolate chip cookies recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, you won’t believe it’s vegan too! If you love a rich, gooey cookie with lots of chocolate chips, these will be your favorites!

A stack of red velvet cookies shows the top one with a bite taken out.

Every now and then you’re looking for a super simple, but a delicious cookie. That’s true whether you’re vegan or not. For example, these vegan no-bake cookies are so easy and delicious!

So, what makes this red velvet chocolate chip cookies recipe so simple is that it uses a store-bought cake mix. That makes the batter come together in minutes!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Red velvet cake mix — I used Duncan Hines because it doesn’t have dairy products. And as you can see, these Duncan Hines red velvet chocolate chip cookies turned out fabulous!
  • Vegan butter — You’ll need 1 stick or 1/2 cup of vegan butter. For storebought, I recommend Earth Balance, or you can make homemade dairy-free butter.
  • Two Flax Eggs — For this recipe, we’ll use 2 flax eggs or you can substitute chia eggs.
  • Chocolate chips — Use this dairy-free chocolate chips guide to find the best ones. You can make vegan white chocolate chip red velvet cookies.
  • Powdered sugar — We’ll roll the cookie dough balls in a bit of powdered sugar for that crinkly coating.

This recipe for red velvet chocolate chip cookies is a go-to during the holiday season because of their festive colors. I like to make them ahead, freeze them, and then give them out as gifts to friends and neighbors.

How to Make Vegan Red Velvet Cookies

  1. Stir melted vegan butter and flax egg into cake mix in a bowl. 
  2. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  3. Use a cookie dough scoop to create 36 cookie dough balls.
  4. Roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake.
  5. Let the baked cookies sit on the pan for a minute before transferring to a rack to cool.
A hand holds Cookie Dough in a scoop

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • GOOEY — Using a red cake mix means making these tender, gooey cookies is so easy
  • PUFFY — Chilling the dough creates puffy cookies that are beautiful and delicious
  • FLAVORFUL — Adding chocolate chips brings out even more velvet flavor in these irresistible treats!
A close-up look at Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Storage Tips

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 8 days. They can be frozen. Allow the cookies to cool, transfer to a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough balls.

More Red Velvet Desserts

If you love these vegan red velvet cookies, you must be a fan of festive treats. That’s one reason you’ll love these vegan Christmas cookies! But if you’re looking for more velvet-inspired recipes, try these:

A stack of red velvet cookies shows the top one with a bite taken out.

Vegan Red Velvet Cookies

These vegan red velvet crinkle cookies are colorful cookies infused with chocolate chips. With only a few ingredients, they're so easy to prepare too!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 104kcal



  • Place the vegan butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, until mostly melted. Pour the red velvet cake mix into a mixing bowl. Add the melty butter. Stir to combine. It will be a very course mixture at this point. 
  • In the same bowl you melted the butter, add the ground flax seeds and water. Stir to combine. Pour this into the bowl with the red velvet cookie dough batter. Stir to combine.
    Red velvet cookie dough is in a bowl with a spoon.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
    Chocolate chips are in a bowl with red velvet batter.
  • When you're ready to begin baking, preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a cookie dough scoop to create 36 cookie dough balls. Roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool.

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Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

16 Responses to Vegan Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMariah Reply

    Hi, trying this recipe and my dough is soooo sticky, basically too sticky to work with… do you have tips to make it less sticky?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Mariah. Did you use a Duncan Hines cake mix? I’ve never had a problem with this recipe being sticky. However, you could try putting it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to help the dough firm up.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLiz @ Floating Kitchen Reply

    YUM! Your photos are really amazing! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks so much Liz!! xoxoxo!!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelanie | Melanie Makes Reply

    Oh. My. Do these look divine, or what?! And that photo with the scoop? Just gorgeous, my friend!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Miss Melanie! You just made my day! 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHeidi Tweedell

      I had no idea their red velvet cake mix was dairy free!! So glad I stumbled upon you blog. I’m a home baker & am trying to find recipes that are delish for people with allergies & gluten sensitivity. Can’t wait to try these. Any idea on how to convert it to a cupcake?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Heidi! Thanks for your comment. Just so you know, these cake mixes are not usually gluten free, but you can find some that specifically are gluten-free. Regarding using the cake mix for cupcakes, it is tricky because a standard cake mix without eggs can be a little “flimsy” is the word that comes to mind. Check out my Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes, where I used a standard cake mix and made it vegan. I think this should work for red velvet too. I hope your delish desserts turn out great!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHeather || Heather's Dish Reply

    5 stars
    MAMA <3

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCarla Reply

    Yea, the show is about humor and satire and not how the parks and rec departments are portrayed in real life. It’s like The Office where office life is overexaggerated. Anyway, love the sound of these cookies!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNancy @ gottagetbaked Reply

    Major props for quoting from Sade – I love that song! I was listening to it on repeat about six months ago. Smooth Operator will always sound good! These red velvet cookies look absolutely amazing, Marly. I especially love the melty chocolate chips interspersed in there. Happy Galentine’s Day!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLiz Reply

    I’m a cookie monster at heart and these babies look divine! So fun to celebrate Galentine’s Day with you.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMichelle @ Modern Acupuncture Volunteering Reply

    These look glorious! Wow, so gooey. The perfect cookie. I love Parks & Rec. I will be honest, I didn’t love it at first, either. It was too deadpan for me, and I was taking the characters too seriously. But with time, it’s grown on me. Galentine’s Day, begin! 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Michelle! I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who took awhile to like that show! 🙂 If these cookies had a middle name, I’m sure it would be Gooey! Take that Glass Animals!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen Reply

    These look so good! Happy Galentine’s Day!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCourtney @ NeighborFood Reply

    Oh these are just gorgeous Marly! And so perfect for a lady party. Since they’re so easy to make I may have to whip some up this very weekend. Thanks for joining in the fun, friend!

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