Red desserts are ideal for any and every occasion. Whether it's a special dessert for a party or an indulgent treat for yourself, I've got some drool-worthy red sweets and goodies for you to choose from.
From brownies to cupcakes to ice cream, hot chocolate, and even cookies! Whether you’re looking for red dessert recipes for 4th of July or a Valentine's Day party, there's no better way to brighten up your dessert table than with these delicious and festive recipes.
Red Velvet Desserts for Days
Red Velvet Cookie Dough
Looking for a quick dessert to fix your sweet craving? This edible cookie dough is your new go-to no bake red dessert.
Made with only a few pantry ingredients yet every bite is delicious and perfectly safe to consume. Rich in red velvet flavor and sweet white chocolate chips, this red velvet cookie dough is the ultimate delight.
Red Velvet Oreo Fudge
Oreo fudge for the holidays? Yes please! This oreo red velvet fudge is a simple, delicious treat the whole gang will love.
Only 10 minutes to prepare, no baking required, and it keeps for a long time - this delicious oreo packed red dessert gives a more festive feel for any celebration! This rich and creamy fudge will satisfy even the most intense sweets cravings.
Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Fudgy brownie? Luscious cream cheese icing topping? Gorgeous red color? Check, check, check. These red velvet brownies meet all the standards for the perfect red velvet dessert.
With an ooey gooey rich chocolatey cake and a luscious cream cheese frosting these brownies are the delightful balance of sweet salty indulgence. Between the fudgy cake, the striking red crumb and sweet salty cream cheese frosting on top this crimson delight is guarantees a grand time.
Red Velvet Oreo Valentine Cups
Decadent red velvet brownie cups stuffed with a crunchy oreo truffle filling then topped with a hard vanilla shell; doesn’t that sound like a dream? Best of all, these red dessert cups are all decked for Valentine's day desserts or other festive red-themed days!
So indulgent they should definitely be reserved for a holiday!
Red Velvet Truffles
If you love red velvet, you’ll love them in pretty much any form. This recipe is no exception. It’s a delight to look at, as well as eat.
Single-serve, cooks in the microwave in 90 seconds and has a luscious cream cheese filling. These red velvet truffles are the perfect small treat.
Red Velvet Brownies
Now if you don’t want the extra layer of frosting on top, you can swirl it into the brownie showing off more red at the top. These red velvet brownies are perfectly moist, dense, and fudgy.
In this easy recipe, you will find that notable red velvet dessert flavor with the crinkly top of your go-to fudgy brownie. The deep red color makes this red dessert a feast for the eyes as well as the soul.
Vegan Red Velvet Cookies
If you love chocolate as much as I do, you will undoubtedly love this vegan chocolate cookie recipe. These red velvet cookies are lusciously crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
With its irresistible rich chocolatey flavor, this recipe will top your list of the best vegan desserts.
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips are a tasty combination of flavors in every bite. Every bite is as delicious as you'd think, a symphony of soft, chewy, and delicious.
These easy red velvet cookies are made from scratch with no chill time. You’re going to love the vibrant contrast in colors and the sweet, tangy flavorful combination on your tongue.
Best Red Velvet Crinkles
Red velvet crinkle cookies can be described in many words – deliciously soft, thick, cakey, buttery. It’s a red velvet cake in cookie form, how awesome is that?
Slightly crispy on the outside like a cookie should be but soft and chewy on the inside making it taste just like a cake. They’re absolutely delicious and fit for any celebration.
Classic Red Velvet Cake
Though the jury is still out on who invented the classic red velvet cake, its origins come from Victorian velvet cakes, which were incredibly soft, moist and velvety in texture due to the way their cocoa powders interacted with flour and other ingredients.
This classic red velvet cake recipe boasts of that distinct chemical reaction to create a wonderful rich red hue. Keeping it classy and classic, this recipe boasts of a moist, delicious, and tender layer cake, topped and filled with a sweet cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Who can resist a perfectly blended, crimson, and delicious red velvet mug cake? Not me, that's for sure.
With just a handful of ingredients and easy to follow instructions, make this perfect single-serve mug cake before your eyes in the microwave. You’ll love the bright red color and decadent red velvet flavor of this cake, perfect for your next special occasion (or craving).
Keto Red Velvet Cake
You’re going to fall in love with the best keto red velvet cake around! Velvety smooth and easy to make, this is the most decadent recipe out there.
Did I mention it’s keto? This stunning layered red dessert recipe has hints of vanilla, a rich chocolatey taste, a super moist crumb, and is coated in a creamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting recipe.
Red Velvet Waffles
Waffles for a sweet breakfast, brunch, or dinner? Sign me up, especially if the waffles are dairy-free, have minimal sweetener (which you can totally omit), do not contain artificial coloring, and even have superfoods as ingredients.
The recipe involves a small amount of sugar, extra nutritious because beetroot puree replaces artificial food coloring and it calls for pure cacao powder for the chocolatey flavor. It’s delicious, nutritious and a gorgeous pinkish red for any festive occasion.
Bailey’s Red Velvet Blondies
These rich and fudgy red velvet brownies are so easy to make, decadent and indulgent! These blondies are especially tasty with amazing chocolate flavor with a nice glug of Baileys.
They’re dreamily soft and gooey just the way rich fudgy blondies should be. The cream cheese frosting and melted dark chocolate infused with Baileys drizzle on top is the ultimate festive dessert to bring to your holiday gatherings.
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
This gorgeous and lip-smacking bright red dessert is perfect for sweets addicts. Red velvet whoopie pies have a deliciously creamy cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two rich and fudgy red velvet cookies.
For the best whoopie pie eating experience, pop them in the fridge for about 20 mins before serving. Delish!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Dip
A few ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to whip up this simple, no-bake red velvet cheesecake dip. It’s a fun dessert that’s ready in no time. Use them for your dessert charcuterie boards or simply spread it onto crackers and cookies.
Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
If you need gorgeous deep red desserts with a fancy touch, this red velvet kiss cookie is it. These cookies flaunt excellent flavor from a soft and buttery cookie, and the crowning glory - a big and plump chocolate kiss.
This will easily become your new favorite cookie to bake whenever; no occasion is necessary.
Red Cake Recipes
Raspberry Loaf Cake with White Chocolate Icing
Fluffy and moist best describe this white chocolate and raspberry loaf cake. Made with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate icing, the perfect contrast to this decadent red dessert comes with the lemon zest on top!
This quick bread is the perfect dessert for parties, holidays, or anytime you just want a little sweet treat.
No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
A tart and indulgent no-bake cranberry cheesecake that’s both simple and delicious. There isn't even a need for gelatin in this recipe.
Featuring a lovely gingersnap cookie crust, a lusciously creamy no-bake vanilla cheesecak; it's topped with a delicious homemade cranberry sauce topping and garnished with sugared cranberries. This red dessert will be the star of your holiday table, or just a gathering of cranberry fans!
Strawberry Semifreddo with Marie Biscuit Crust
One look at this beautiful strawberry semifreddo with marie biscuit crust and you'll surely want to try making it. This strawberry semifreddo features a smooth texture that’s sweet (from the semi-whipped cream) and cool but not icy cold, yet buttery and crumbly because of the marie biscuit shell.
This ice cream-like red sensation is absolutely delightful with a hint of tang. Serve it fresh from the freezer.
Raspberry Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Crust
Everyone will rave about this raspberry mascarpone tart with pistachio crust. This delicious gluten-free raspberry tart features a toasted pistachio crust, a creamy mascarpone layer, and gorgeous glazed berries.
The gorgeous color is only matched by the incredible flavor. It's simply the perfect treat!
Keto Cheesecake Bites with Strawberry Topping
Do you constantly need to satisfy a sweet craving? Mini keto strawberry cheesecake bites are just the thing to have in the freezer for whenever the need arises. Best of all, these irresistible mini Keto cheesecake bites with strawberry topping take just 30 minutes to make.
These are the perfect sweet ending to a meal or little afternoon treat. Looking for a sugar substitute? While powdered sugar incorporates well into the recipe, you have a lot of sweetener options besides that.
Fresas con Crema (Mexican Strawberries and Cream)
This gorgeous and dainty Mexican strawberries and cream is quick and easy to make. Also known as fresas con crema, this no-bake Mexican treat features fresh strawberries covered in various types of sweet cream.
Simply make a creamy cashew base then layer juicy red berries. It’s perfect when the weather is warm for an ultra-refreshing treat.
Fresh Strawberry Cream Pie
This delectable fresh strawberry cream pie is light, airy, creamy, and silky smooth. With a prefabricated pie crust and only five simple ingredients, this no-bake favorite can be chilled in under 15 minutes.
It's a real cream pie, with a distinct and fresh strawberry flavor and no artificial flavors or colors, cream cheese, or cornstarch. Guaranteed, this beautiful red dessert will be one of your favorite warm-weather sweet treats.
Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Jam
This vanilla layer cake with raspberry jam is so tender and buttery that no one will believe it's vegan! Layers of fluffy vegan vanilla cake amidst a tangy buttercream frosting and easy raspberry jam.
It’s the perfect treat to hit the spot when your sweet tooth is calling. Plus look at how gorgeous it looks. It’s the show stopping cake you’ll be making for special occasions!
Raspberry & White Chocolate Loaf Cake (No Eggs!)
Sweet, tender, and studded with delicious tart berries, this raspberry and white chocolate loaf cake is the easy, no-egg dessert you need in your life right now.
It’s an everyday red dessert that’s super simple to make with only about 15 minutes of active time to get it ready for the oven. Moist and decadent pound cake studded with raspberries topped with a decadent white chocolate ganache for a rich and decadent dessert.
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pie
This strawberry pie is filled with whole and diced strawberries. It’s simple to make and the strawberry flavor shines through with each and every bite. It’s a refreshing and yummy dessert you can have especially when the “king of fruits” are in season.
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Glaze Pie
This recipe is subtitled: intended for the woman who is both home-maker and hostess. Now if that’s your cup of tea, check out this old-fashioned strawberry glaze pie made with fresh strawberries and a cream cheese filling.
This vintage recipe has no artificial colors or flavors but the real star is that glaze. Make this ruby-colored recipe and see for yourself.
No Bake Strawberry Jello Pie
A light and delicate treat that’s no bake–perfect for hot summer nights when you still want to indulge. With ripe summer strawberries, and a cinnamon cookie crust this easy-to-make pie will be even easier to devour.
This allergy-friendly, no bake strawberry jellopPie is free of: wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nuts. It’s also top-8-free and gluten-free.
Classic strawberry shortcake is a refreshing and tasty dessert that everyone will enjoy. It features real sliced strawberries giving this dessert a nice brilliant red hue.
The berries are layered onto delicate biscuit-like little cakes and topped with a dollop of sweet, fluffy handmade whipped cream. Make this easy, luscious strawberry shortcake dessert as a tasty treat any time of year.
Frozen Crimson Confections
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Velvety smooth fresh strawberry ice cream is the perfect remedy for hot summer days! The creamy, luxurious texture of the ice cream meets sweet, juicy strawberries.
Using nothing but whole ingredients, you can easily make this smooth, luxuriously creamy ice cream with hints of real strawberries throughout, from scratch. It’s creamy and sweet but not too sweet. Serve this in a cone or a big sundae glass; this one is going to be a crowd pleaser for sure!
Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
If you haven’t tried it yet, making ice cream is super fun! Strawberry ice cream is a terrific way to celebrate the hot months, especially when the strawberries are fresh and exceptionally sweet.
Roasting fresh strawberries with a dash of balsamic vinegar adds flavor to this easy vegetarian homemade strawberry ice cream recipe. Whether due to its beautiful vermilion hue or creamy cold goodness, this recipe’s a winner.
Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
Fix one of these lemon strawberry shortcake milkshakes in minutes for a rich, creamy, and cool treat. This frozen summertime delight is made fresh strawberries then topped with a lemon-sugar curd-like mixture, and a crumbled shortbread cookie.
The toppings give your regular milkshake a big boost of texture and flavor. Enjoy the combination of sweet, bright, cold, creamy & buttery flavors altogether.
Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream
As I always say, strawberries make for excellent chocolate inclusions. Sweet and tart strawberries complement the richness of chocolate, especially dark chocolate varieties, balancing out its intense flavors.
If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll want to make this chocolate strawberry ice cream at home. Even without an ice cream maker and with just 5 ingredients, it’s so easy to make, refreshing and so good.
Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
This delicious ice cream combines oven-roasted juicy strawberry, rhubarb, and layers of cookie chunks for the ultimate flavor. It’s the perfect summer dessert to cool you off all season long.
With rich textures and amazing flavor, this strawberry rhubarb dessert is sure to tempt you! This ice cream blends oven-roasted luscious strawberry, rhubarb, and layers of cookie pieces for the ultimate flavor.
It’s ready in minutes, making it extremely convenient and an excellent make ahead dessert. It's the ideal summer dessert to keep you cool all season. I'm not complaining that it's maaaaaaybe a bit more pink than red!
These red raspberry popsicles are bright, sweet and tangy. With just three ingredients and no refined sugar they are a delightful frozen ruby red treat that everyone can enjoy.
If you can get your hands on fresh raspberries, they’re the best for this recipe but frozen berries (that have been defrosted) will do in a pinch.
Unique Red Dessert Recipes
Cherry Empanadas (Cherry Hand Pies)
Say hello to the ultimate handheld happiness: cherry empanadas! Bursting with deliciousness, they'll bring a smile to your face with every bite.
So, if you're looking for something to add pep to your mornings or a fruity red dessert to brighten up your afternoon, then look no further!
Gluten-Free Strawberry Trifle
While trifle has so many different variations, you can easily make this gluten-free version from scratch. Impress your guests with this delicious layered cake, strawberries and custard dessert.
Make homemade gluten free sponge cake and homemade custard, strawberries and jelly, or substitute store-bought components for a quick and easy dessert. Perfect for any occasion!
Rhubarb fool is a super easy, but tasty treat that requires nothing more than a few ingredients and 10 minutes. It's also a great make ahead dessert! Not only is it superb, but it's also elegant enough to impress guests.
Classic Cranberry Salad
Bring back childhood memories with this easy, old fashioned classic red dessert - cranberry salad. Packed with your favorite jello, cranberry sauce, lemon juice, nuts and cute mini marshmallows, it's so easy to make and only takes about 20 minutes or so.
It’s tart, sweet and with a bit of a crunchy texture, you can level up your cranberry sauce this year by turning it into this simple, sweet cranberry salad!
Chocolate Covered Protein Balls
My chocolate-filled heart is giddy with this recipe. These chocolate-covered strawberry protein balls are such a fun and delicious treat to serve up for a decadent dessert or delightful afternoon treat!
No need to buy these babies; all you need are 7-ingredients (using freeze-dried strawberries), a whisk and some melted chocolate! The deep pink-red center is a fun surprise, and the pop of strawberry is delicious with the dark chocolate outside.
Sweet Cherry Jam
Something about the sweet scent of cooking cherries just makes me feel relaxed and happy. Plus, this no pectin cherry jam recipe is an excellent way to preserve some of the fresh summer fruit or to use it up from frozen later in the year.
I don't use pectin in this recipe and keep it in the freezer. It’s a simple recipe that gives pizzazz to my favorite gluten-free crepes and pancakes.
Vegan Malabi Rosewater Pudding
A deliciously smooth and creamy Israeli pudding, this vegan Malabi is made with coconut and almond milks, flavored with rosewater, and topped with luscious syrup and pomegranate seeds. It’s a delicately scented, smooth dessert that will have you craving for more.
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Macaron
This strawberry and pink peppercorn macaron has deliciously complex flavors. The macaron’s red-tinged shell has the sweetness and tartness of strawberries with the understated floral, berry and camphor notes of pink peppercorns.
One whiff of these macarons and your palate prepares to meet the heat BUT then you take a bite and it’s all the sweetness from the whipped white chocolate ganache with hints of nutty. They’re gorgeous, fancy and come with a delightful flavor journey.
Easy Bisquick Cherry Cobbler
Easy bisquick cherry cobbler is a simple and delicious dessert that can be made in a snap. With just a few ingredients and a short baking time, this recipe yields a warm and fruity cobbler that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Perfect to give to someone special, enjoy with your friends and family and so much more!
Whole Fruit Red Desserts
Mulled Wine Poached Pears
Indulge in the best of both worlds with the traditional Spanish dessert "pera's al vino," or mulled wine poached pears. This luxe scarlet dessert is gluten-free, egg, lactose and nut free dessert, too.
It's a delightful fusion of fruits and wine, creating an easy and elegant treat perfect for parties and the holidays. It’s easy to make ahead so you can focus on the festivities
If you've never heard of watermelon fruit pizza, it's one of the simplest summer desserts to make. This tasty and refreshing treat will surely brighten up your day.
It's ready in 10 minutes and doesn't require the use of an oven. Simply cut the pizza dough, pipe on the icing, then top with your preferred sweet toppings.
Boozy Stuffed Strawberries
These are perfect summer party treats and can be ready in about 10 minutes, leaving most of your time for prepping your salads and sides. Boozy stuffed strawberries are stuffed with chocolate liqueur mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with chocolate shavings.
As the title says, they’re boozy. They are the adult desserts you need to be serving at all your summer BBQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Red velvet gets its distinctive red color from a small amount of cocoa powder and a chemical reaction between the cocoa and the acidic ingredients in the batter, such as buttermilk and vinegar. This reaction enhances the red color, giving red velvet its characteristic hue. Though these days most recipes use red food coloring to intensify the color.
Red velvet cake is a type of rich and moist buttermilk dessert with a subtle chocolate flavor and a characteristic red or red-brown color. It is often layered with cream cheese frosting, which complements the cake's flavors beautifully.
Red velvet is often associated with both a flavor and a color. The flavor is typically a subtle combination of vanilla and cocoa, and the color is a distinctive red or red-brown hue. The flavor and color are both integral to the identity of red velvet desserts - and yes, the color and flavor are related.
Red colored desserts can be used for various occasions and events, particularly popular for sporting events, Valentine's Day traditions, Christmas, Fourth of July, Canada Day, and other festive celebrations where the color red is symbolic or thematic, like with rainbow desserts.
47+ Easy Red Desserts to Make at Home
- Red Velvet Cookie Dough
- Red Velvet Oreo Fudge
- Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Red Velvet Oreo Valentine Cups
- Red Velvet Truffles
- Red Velvet Brownies
- Vegan Red Velvet Cookies
- Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Best Red Velvet Crinkles
- Classic Red Velvet Cake
- Red Velvet Mug Cake
- Keto Red Velvet Cake
- Red Velvet Waffles
- Bailey’s Red Velvet Blondies
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Dip
- Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
- Raspberry Loaf Cake with White Chocolate Icing
- No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry Semifreddo with Marie Biscuit Crust
- Raspberry Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Crust
- Keto Cheesecake Bites with Strawberry Topping
- Fresas con Crema (Mexican Strawberries and Cream)
- Fresh Strawberry Cream Pie
- Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Jam
- No Eggs Raspberry and White Chocolate Loaf Cake
- Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pie
- Old-Fashioned Strawberry Glaze Pie
- No-Bake Strawberry Jello Pie
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
- Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
- Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
- Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream
- Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
- Raspberry Popsicles
- Cherry Empanadas (Cherry Hand Pies)
- Gluten-Free Strawberry Trifle
- Rhubarb Fool
- Classic Cranberry Salad
- Chocolate Covered Protein Balls
- Easy Cherry Jam
- Vegan Malabi Rosewater Pudding
- Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Macaron
- Easy Bisquick Cherry Cobbler
- Mulled Wine Poached Pears
- Watermelon Pizza
- Boozy Stuffed Strawberries
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!