Red Velvet Cookies

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Indulge in the exquisite taste of Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling, a luxurious dessert that combines the elegance of red velvet with the rich, creamy delight of cream cheese. Perfect for special occasions or as a sophisticated treat, these cookies are a testament to the art of fine baking.

Each cookie begins with a base of deep, red velvet flavor, achieved by a perfect blend of cocoa and red food coloring, giving it that classic, vibrant hue. The dough, made with high-quality ingredients like all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, and buttermilk, promises a tender and moist bite, characteristic of the beloved red velvet taste. The addition of brown and granulated sugar balances the cocoa’s richness, offering a sweet, yet nuanced flavor profile.

At the heart of each cookie lies a surprise – a core of creamy, smooth cream cheese filling, adding a layer of decadence. This luscious center is perfectly complemented by the cookie’s slightly crisp exterior. As a final touch, a delicate drizzle of melted white chocolate graces the top, adding both a visual and textural appeal.

Baked to perfection, these cookies emerge from the oven with a slightly underbaked center, ensuring a gooey, melt-in-your-mouth experience. The combination of the velvety cookie, the creamy filling, and the crisp chocolate topping makes each bite a luxurious indulgence. These Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling are not just a dessert; they are an experience, perfect for sharing with loved ones or savoring during a quiet, indulgent moment.

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe


For the Red Velvet Cookies:

  • 1 ounce cocoa powder
  • 12 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 ounces brown sugar
  • 5 ounces granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food color gel
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 4-6 ounces white chocolate, for decoration

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 ounces powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour


Cream Cheese Filling:

  1. Blend 6 ounces of cream cheese, 5 ounces of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, and ½ teaspoon of salt until smooth. Avoid overmixing.
  2. Spoon the mixture onto parchment paper in small dollops and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

Red Velvet Cookies:

  1. Whisk together 12 ounces of flour, 1 ounce of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream 7 ounces of unsalted butter with 5 ounces each of brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add 2 large eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next.
  4. Stir in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of red food coloring, and 1 tablespoon of buttermilk until just combined.
  5. Gradually mix in the flour mixture on low speed until evenly mixed.
  6. Chill the dough for at least 60 minutes, or overnight.
  7. Form 2 oz balls of dough, split each, place a dollop of frozen cream cheese filling in the center, and reseal the dough. Chill for 10 minutes.
  8. Bake on a sheet pan in a preheated 350°F oven for 12-14 minutes. The cookies should appear underbaked in the center.
  9. Once cooled, melt 4-6 ounces of white chocolate and drizzle over the cookies. Let the chocolate set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

These Red Velvet Cookies, with their alluring creamy center and delicate white chocolate topping, are sure to be a showstopper at any event, or as a luxurious treat for yourself.

Red Velvet Cookies FAQS

What do red velvet cookies taste like?

Red velvet cookies have a unique taste that combines the rich flavors of cocoa with a slight buttermilk tang and sweetness. They’re known for their delicate balance of chocolatey flavor, which is less intense than typical chocolate cookies, and a subtle acidic note that comes from the buttermilk and vinegar typically used in the batter. The cookies often have a hint of vanilla and are usually soft and moist in texture. When paired with cream cheese frosting or filling, they offer a delightful contrast between the sweet, creamy topping and the mildly chocolatey cookie.

Why are my red velvet cookies flat?

Red velvet cookies can turn out flat for several reasons:

  1. Butter Temperature: If the butter is too warm when creamed with sugar, it can cause the cookies to spread too much.
  2. Overmixing Dough: Overmixing the cookie dough can incorporate too much air, leading it to collapse in the oven.
  3. Old Leavening Agents: If the baking soda or baking powder used isn’t fresh, it might not provide the necessary rise.
  4. Oven Temperature: An oven that’s not hot enough can prevent the cookies from setting quickly, causing them to spread too much.

Red velvet cookie dough is typically made of all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar (both brown and granulated), eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and red food coloring. The cocoa powder gives a mild chocolate flavor, while the buttermilk and red food coloring provide the classic red velvet color and tangy taste. Sometimes vinegar is also added to enhance the red color and tanginess.

What does red velvet taste like?

Red velvet has a distinct taste characterized by a mild chocolate flavor, thanks to the small amount of cocoa powder in the recipe. It’s less rich and intense than a traditional chocolate cake or cookie. Red velvet also features a subtle acidity and tanginess, often from buttermilk and vinegar, which balances the sweetness. This tanginess, combined with a touch of vanilla, gives red velvet its signature flavor profile. When paired with cream cheese frosting or filling, red velvet offers a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and creamy flavors.

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