13 Red Velvet Recipes That Prove Some Things In This World Really Are Perfect

Forget red cups. This holiday season, I'd rather have red velvet cake. There’s something luxurious and mysterious about red velvet — something that manages to transcend the standards set by traditional flavors like chocolate or vanilla and make us feel like we’re indulging in something truly decadent, something rich, something against the rules.

There's also something about red velvet that seems like it shouldn't make sense... can a batter that vibrant really be trusted? And yet, it all comes together beautifully to form a host of desserts that can only be described as velvety rich works of art. Add cream cheese frosting or silky fudge, mix it into cookies, cakes, and brownies, or slurp it up in milkshake form. No matter how you choose to eat red velvet, this is one batter you need to get behind.

Red Velvet Donuts

It’s important to make sure you get your day started off right, and if these red velvet donuts don’t do the trick, nothing will. Go ahead — eat cake for breakfast. A Beautiful Mess has the recipe to make all your wildest dreams come true.

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Red Velvet S'Mores

Red velvet is just what you need to give those gooey s’mores from your childhood a remarkably sophisticated twist. Thanks to How Sweet It Is, you can enjoy these treats straight from your oven — no campfire necessary.

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Red Velvet Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Why settle for something as basic as a fudgy molten chocolate lava cake when you could get it in red velvet instead?! Half Baked Harvest’s recipe comes filled with drool-worthy chocolate ganache. Bake now, thank her later.

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Red Velvet Black And White Cookies

What’s black, white, and red all over? These amazingly cake-like cookies by Joy The Baker. They’re soft, chewy, and everything you could possibly want from a single dessert.

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Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

These red velvet swirl brownies? They’re basically works of art. And once you tear your eyes away long enough to taste one of these scrumptious morsels, you’re going to wonder what you ever saw in regular old fudge brownies in the first place. Averie Cooks has the recipe, and it’s out of this world.

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Red Crinkle Cookies

If this isn’t the most beautiful cookie you’ve ever seen, then I have no idea what is. Start making batches of these powdered sugar-covered confections now — you’ll want to perfect your method before you go to serve these up during the holidays (and trust me, you will be serving these up during the holidays). The Crepes of Wrath shows you how.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

When you think of the world’s most perfect cupcake, this is the image that probably comes to mind. You can try to resist these picture-perfect red velvet cupcakes by Averie Cooks, but it’s pretty much a lost cause. Sorry.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes In A Jar

OK, so we know red velvet cupcakes are great. Now put those babies in a jar, be generous with the cream cheese frosting, and prepare to see great transform into unparalleled amazingness. My Baking Addiction is the mastermind behind this dream dessert.

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Red Velvet Milkshake

There’s something classic about a good old-fashioned chocolate milkshake, but a red velvet milkshake? Now that’s a show stopper. Bite Me More has the recipe for this chilly treat over at Food52.

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Red Velvet Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Ah yes, the bundt cake. Your Cup of Cake gives this tried and true favorite an extra kick by mixing in red velvet boxed cake mix. A seriously no fuss approach.

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Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats

I’m not saying Rice Krispie treats can get any better or anything except, oh wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Don’t believe me? Just check out this red velvet recipe by Cookies and Cups.

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Red Velvet Popcorn

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Red velvet popcorn exists, and it puts to shame anything you’d ever find at the movie theater. Thank you, Cookies and Cups, a million times over for introducing this into our lives.

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Red Velvet Cake Roll

Go ahead — you’re allowed to stare. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe fills her red velvet cake roll with a creamy white chocolate filling, and yeah, it’s pretty spectacular.

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