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A white marble platter with red velvet cream cheese cookies
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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies are a buttery chocolate cookie with a bite of cheesecake in the middle. A delicious homemade cookie perfect for the holidays or VALENTINES DAY.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese, red velvet
Servings: 24
Calories: 169kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sanding sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 300º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar for about 2 minutes until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and combine. Add food coloring and mix until completely combined.
  • Whisk together flour and cocoa powder and add to butter mixture, until soft dough forms.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough and form into a ball, about 2 tablespoons of dough. Roll in sanding sugar and place on parchment paper. Make an indentation in the cookies with your thumb or spoon.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While baking, make the filling. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix with hand mixer until smooth. After the cookies have baked for 10 minutes, remove the cookies and using the back of a spoon, deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling into each indentation and bake an additional 12 minutes until set.
  • Let cool completely before eating, store in refrigerator.


Try using a melon baller or round measuring spoon to make the indentations


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg