Love is in the air when you bake our easy recipe for Red Velvet Donuts! Intense red color, cake-like texture and deep chocolate flavor make them perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert! Red velvet cake shaped like donuts make you just feel that Valentine love!
Red Velvet Donuts Recipe
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When I think of Valentine’s Day I immediately think red, Red Velvet Cake Donuts, that is! Our red velvet donuts recipe bakes in a donut pan, are so easy to make and take only minutes to bake!
First Published: February 8, 2018… Last Updated: February 11, 2020
An intense red color and fabulous chocolate flavor guarantee these Red Velvet Donuts will let those special people know just how much they are loved. Top them with a vanilla glaze and valentine sprinkles and love is in the air!
Our red velvet doughnuts are so delicious you’ll want to start your day with them for breakfast and end your day with them for dessert too! Because, after all, there’s nothing quite like a homemade buttermilk donut, now is there?
Good Cookies Food Bloggers’ Valentine’s Event
If it’s Valentine’s Day then it’s that time again! Swirls of Flavor is participating in the Second Annual Good Cookies Food Bloggers’ Valentine’s Event to benefit Cookies For Kids Cancer and raise awareness and the needed funds to combat pediatric cancer. This is the second year for our Valentine’s event! We want to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer!
Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: Dixie Crystals, Mediavine and OXO have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!!!
Cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the United States and 40,000 American children are battling the disease right now. Kicking off it’s 10th year, Cookies For Kids Cancer is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides annual research grants to seven of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.
Gretchen Holt Witt and her husband Larry Witt founded Cookies for Kids Cancer in honor of their beautiful son Liam who lost his battle with this horrible disease when he was almost seven. Liam and his family fought so hard and gave it their all and we were all rooting for him. I remember the day we got the call in our test kitchens at the magazine that Liam had passed away. The tears wouldn’t stop for this little boy who was so full of life and love. Cookies For Kids Cancer is an amazing tribute to Liam.
Be A Good Cookie & Donate
There are many ways for you to Be A Good Cookie in addition to donating here. You can host a fundraising event, order their cookies as gifts, shop their online gift shop, make a donation, create a fundraising page, sponsor or run a 5K….the list goes on and on. There are 5,000 events happening in 50 states. And remember that by simply making a donation here, three wonderful brands, OXO, Dixie Crystals and Mediavine, are matching dollar for dollar up to $3,000 per brand! Last year we raised $12,250. Want to help us beat that amount this year? Be A Good Cookie and donate today!
“Love Like Liam” this Valentine’s Day and every day. XOXO
Be sure to scroll down and check out these awesome recipes of the many bloggers participating in this Valentine’s Event! Just click on the links for the yumminess!
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Steak with Pink Peppercorn Sauce from Sonja of Ginger & Toasted Sesame
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White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies from Wanda of My Sweet Zepol
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Raspberry Cookies from Courtney of Know Your Produce
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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies from Lisa of TasteCookSip
Chai Latte Shortbread Hearts from Sue of It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars from Carlee of Cooking With Carlee
Strawberry and Cream Cookies from Ashley of A Cup of Charming
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
Galete Waffle Cookies from Shaina of Food for My Family
Almond Shortbread Cookies from Denise of addicted 2 recipes
Easy Strawberry Fudge from Chrysa of Thrifty Jinxy
Valentine’s Day Mug Hug Cookies from Aimee of Southern From Scratch
Doughnut Sandwich Cookies from Bree of Baked Bree
Chocolate Nutella Cookies from Melissa of Modern Honey
Easy Crinkle Cookies from Amy of The Nifty Foodie
Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
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Rose White Hot Chocolate from Susannah of Feast + West
Gluten Free Lavendar Shortbread Cookies from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Fruit Filled Chocolate Waffle Cones from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Chocolate and Vanilla Sweetheart Cookies from Sheila of Life, Love, and Good Food
Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from Nancy of The Bitter Side of Sweet
Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Cookies from Ashley of Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
Heart Happy Valentine Cookie Chocolate Cheesecake from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Persian rice cookies from Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
Chocolate Dipped Espresso Shortbread Cookies from Julianne of Beyond Frosting
Fudgy Chocolate Sixlets Cookies from Barbara of Barbara Bakes
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- all-purpose flour
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- brown sugar
- granulated sugar
- baking powder
- kosher salt
- butter, melted
- vanilla extract
- no taste red icing food color
- confectioners’ sugar
- warm water
- Valentine sprinkles
More Red Velvet Recipes
If you love red velvet cake as much as I do, and agree that anything red velvet is perfect for Valentine’s Day, then you’ll want to check out these easy recipes too!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies is an easy recipe that combines two favorite desserts, brownies and cheesecake. A homemade red velvet brownie cake is topped with a creamy cheesecake batter and baked to perfection. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Our Red Velvet Mini Cake Recipe is an easy from scratch cake recipe for your Valentine’s Day dessert. Mini cake layers have a deep intense red color and are flavored with cocoa powder for a delicious chocolate flavor. Frost with a homemade buttercream frosting and decorate with Valentine sprinkles and you’ll have adorable red velvet mini cakes that are perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day.
The ever popular red velvet cupcake just became a cookie! Top with a peppermint glaze and crushed candy canes and Peppermint Crunch Red Velvet Cookies are all dressed up for the holidays! Make it for Valentine’s Day without any peppermint and top with valentine sprinkles for a dessert for your sweetie pie!
- 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. no taste red icing food color
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 4-5 tsp. warm water
- Valentine sprinkles
Preheat oven to 400F. Coat 2 donut pans with no-stick cooking spray.
In one bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and kosher salt until blended.
In another bowl whisk buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla until combined.
Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir until blended. Add red icing food color and stir until batter has turned a deep red color.
Divide batter evenly between 12 donut cavities. Bake 10-12 minutes or until tops of donuts spring back when touched. Cool 5 minutes in pans. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Meanwhile, in small bowl combine confectioners’ sugar and warm water until a glaze forms.
Top cooled donuts with glaze and valentine sprinkles.
Makes 12 donuts.