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Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

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Prep

30 minutes

Cook

14 minutes

Yield

16 -18

These easy and delicious red velvet cookies have a cream cheese filling that is oh-so-creamy! These make the perfect holiday cookie to gift, or eat up on your own.

Watch out world! We have taken the beloved flavors of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and turned it into a cookie. These red velvet cookies have cream cheese filling and white chocolate chips. They are a delicious cookie to make this holiday season (or really anytime). 

Red velvet cookies in a box of cookies

Why you’ll love these red velvet cookies: 

  • Unique: Forget red velvet cake, these cookies are a fun spin on a classic recipe
  • Quick: Make these in less than 45 minutes
  • Delicious: The combo of red velvet with the cream cheese filling is so delicious. It’ll have you reaching for more

A hand holding a single red velvet cookie

Ingredient Notes: 

Freeze-Dried Strawberry Powder: What gives these red velvet cookies that unique red color is not food coloring, but freeze-dried strawberry powder. This can usually be found in specialty stores but if you can’t find it, you can use things like beer powder or organic dyes all of which can be purchased online. We used this instead of red dye 40. Red dye 40 can contain contaminants that are said to be cancer-causing so I try my best to avoid it!

Chocolate Chips: I use white chocolate chips here because I love the taste and they look so nice against the red. However, you can use your favorite chocolate chips, chunks, or even a crushed candy bar here. 

A hand picking up a red velvet cookie from a countertop

How to make red velvet cookies:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar, and using a stand or hand mixer, beat for 2 -3 minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the egg, vanilla, and milk, and beat until combined. 
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat until no streaks or flour clumps remain, creating a smooth and uniform dough.  Fold in the white chocolate chips. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare the cream cheese filling. In a small bowl, using a stand or hand mixer beat the cream cheese until light and airy.
  5. Add the icing sugar, flour, and vanilla, and whip until fully incorporated and fluffy
  6. Line a baking tray or small pan with parchment paper and scoop 1 tsp-sized dollop. Use all of the prepared cream cheese fillings. Place in the freezer until cookie assembling.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350F, and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop the dough into “ping-pong” size balls, approximately 2 tbsp worth. 
  9. Separate each cookie dough scooped into two and using your hands, press to make round disks. Set aside.
  10. Remove the cream cheese filling ‘dollops’ out of the freezer and place them on half of the prepared cookie dough disks. 
  11. Place the cookie dough discs (without filling) on top of the cream cheese halves. Seal the edges and gently roll to make a “ping-pong” sized cookie dough ball. Add extra white chocolate chips to the top of the cookie dough balls.  Evenly space the cookie dough 3 inches apart onto the baking trays. 
  12. Bake for 14 – 15 minutes, until slightly set on the edges.
  13. Allow to cool on the baking trays for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Red velvet cookies scattered on counter

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

What makes red velvet red? Some people use dye to create that red color but red velvet can also be made with cocoa powder, vinegar, and buttermilk. The combination of these ingredients creates a chemical reaction that helps give it that deep maroon color. However, usually, this is then enhanced with some sort of dye.

Can I make these red velvet cookies gluten-free? Yes! Swap the all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups of Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend!

Colouring: Omit all of the red food colorings and use just freeze-dried strawberry powder OR vice versa! Use any of your favorite colors for your cookies.

Storage: Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow to come to room temperature or warm in the microwave slightly to serve.

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

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These easy and delicious red velvet cookies have a cream cheese filling that is oh-so-creamy! These make the perfect holiday cookie to gift, or eat up on your own.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Baked Goods
Servings 16 -18
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 tbsp milk or plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tbsp freeze-dried strawberry powder
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
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  • For the Cream Cheese Filling
  • ¼ + 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar, and using a stand or hand mixer, beat for 2 -3 minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the egg, vanilla, and milk, and beat until combined. 
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until no streaks or flour clumps remain, creating a smooth and uniform dough.  Fold in the white chocolate chips. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Prepare the cream cheese filling. In a small bowl, using a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and airy.
  • Add the icing sugar, flour, and vanilla, and whip until fully incorporated and fluffy
  • Line a baking tray or small pan with parchment paper and scoop 1 tsp-sized dollop. Use all of the prepared cream cheese fillings. Place in the freezer until cookie assembling.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F, and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Scoop the dough into “ping-pong” size balls, approximately 2 tbsp worth. 
  • Separate each cookie dough scooped into two and using your hands, press to make round disks. Set aside.
  • Remove the cream cheese filling ‘dollops’ out of the freezer and place them on half of the prepared cookie dough disks. 
  • Place the cookie dough discs (without filling) on top of the cream cheese halves. Seal the edges and gently roll to make a “ping-pong” sized cookie dough ball. Add extra white chocolate chips to the top of the cookie dough balls.  Evenly space the cookie dough 3 inches apart onto the baking trays. 
  • Bake for 14 - 15 minutes, until slightly set on the edges.
  • Allow to cool on the baking trays for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy!!

    Notes

    Swap the all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups of Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend!
    Use any type of chocolate chips OR chunks that you desire! Have fun!!
    Omit all of the red food colourings and use just freeze-dried strawberry powder. OR vice versa! Use any of your favourite colours for your cookies- make a blue velvet!
    Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow to come to room temperature or warm in the microwave slightly to serve.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 18 | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.5g | Protein: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 25.1mg | Sodium: 141.7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23.2g
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