These delightful red velvet cookies are stuffed with a thick layer of cheesecake and drizzled with decadent white chocolate. And even though these are made from scratch, don’t let that intimidate you…they’re still easy to bake! Gift these red velvet cheesecake cookies and be everyone’s new favorite person!
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But real quick, can we just stop and admire how beautiful these cookies are?!
The Perfect Occasion For Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
Honestly, I don’t know why I’m making this it’s own section because really, these cookies are good for every occasion. Like I said, they’re easy to make but still look super fancy, which honestly is the best kind of desserts. (As easy to make as they are to share on Instagram).
I guess I thought I should prove my point though with a little list of the perfect occasions to share these red velvet cheesecake cookies with friends and family.
Of course, these cookies are also amazing for you to indulge in as well for no other reason than because you deserve joy in your life. But if you do choose to share these here are perfect times to do it:
- 4th of July (especially if you use blue candy melts instead of the regular white chocolate and white sprinkles).
- Christmas (always a great recipe for cookie exchanges).
- Valentine’s Day (share these with your one true love – aka share them with you and your multiple personalities).
- Birthdays (let the birthday girl/boy feel boujiee with some fancy cookies)
- Anniversaries (say I love you with the 6th love language – dessert).
- Mother’s Day (handmade gifts say “thanks for giving birth to me, I’m to poor to buy you something nice. So I made fancy cookies).
- Father’s Day (these cookies say, “mom said you stole all the cookies I made her for mother’s day, so I made more. Please share).
- Housewarming Treats (Red velvet cheesecake cookies for the new neighbors are great to intimidate them and let them know that the role of neighborhood baker has been taken).
- Graduations (perfect for grads to stress eat while they try and figure out what tf they’re doing with their lives).
- Potlucks (if you hide them close to Sandra’s weird casserole, they may get overlooked and you can eat them all yourself).
The list could go on. The nice thing about red velvet is that most everyone enjoys it and it’s never so rich that it’s unpleasant to enjoy in the warmer weather. Plus, when you present a fancy AF cookie like these, most everyone is so impressed you’d think you’d just announced that you got your life together!
(Which of course, we know you haven’t yet, but Aunt Carol doesn’t need to know that).
Tips for Perfecting Your Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
Do NOT skip the chill time. It is absolutely, 100% necessary to ensure that you get a wonderfully stuffed cookie. If you skimp on the chill time you will end up with an oozy, burned cream cheese, disappointment that used to be called a cookie.
When pinching your cookie dough together, you need to make sure that the two cookies are completely sealed and pinched closed. Completely. Again, we want to avoid the oozing of the cheesecake stuffing.
Tip # 3
Despite my two warnings above, these red velvet cheesecake cookies aren’t hard to make and they are super rewarding to eat and to share with others. (Trust me, everyone thinks you’re so cool when you stuff a cookie with cheesecake).
Quality of ingredients matters.
I highly recommend using good quality ingredients or at least the best quality you can afford. These cookies are fantastic no matter what but if you’re planning on giving these you want to make sure they are, *chef’s kiss*, perfect.
To stay on a budget and still make delicious red velvet cheesecake cookies I recommend:
- Ghirardelli Melting Wafers for your white chocolate drizzle. It tastes better than Wilton’s Candy Melts and works better as a drizzle than regular white chocolate.
- Red Gel Food Coloring. Gel food coloring provides a richer color with less dye which is always a good thing.
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Not the generic brand from your local grocery store. QUALITY cream cheese. If your area doesn’t have Philadelphia Cream Cheese, just get the cream cheese that’s the good stuff.
- Pretty Sprinkles. In my opinion, slacking on the sprinkles is just wrong. Get yourself some pretty sprinkles that can be used on these cookies and on future ones. (These are the gold mix that I used for this recipe).
Switching Up for Holidays
It’s easy to customize these different cookies for different holidays with fun sprinkles. These are the ones that I used…
4th of July
Shape your cookie properly for extra aesthetics.
Listen, we want these cookies to be gorgeous! For that fresh out of a bakery look, it’s important to make sure the cookies have a beautiful round shape.
When your cookies come out of the oven, immediately take a glass that’s slightly larger than the cookies, and rotate the glass around the hot cookie. Essentially, you’ll gently spin the cookie, smoothing out any wonky edges leaving you with absolute cookie perfection. Check the video for a visual description of what I mean.
Unlike most cookies, these MUST be stored in the fridge. I mean, they’re made with cheesecake….do you really want your cheesecake to spoil sitting in a cookie jar? Ew.
Troubleshooting Cookie Problems
The Cheesecake sunk through the bottom of my cookie!
Make sure that you do not move the freshly baked cookies off those baking sheet until they are completely cooled. They need time to let the cheesecake cool a bit or it’ll just rip through the bottoms.
You can also stick the baking sheet in the freezer for a couple minutes if the weather where you are is as hot as it is here right now (god, it’s like hell’s armpit in my kitchen today).
Additionally, if you’re concerned about ripping the bottoms, instead of using a spatula to remove the cookies, simply fold back the silicone baking mat and let the cookies peel off.
If you are still having issues with sinking bottoms you may need more structure in your cheesecake. Try reducing your powdered sugar by a quarter cup in your cream cheese filling or adding an additional tablespoon or 2 of flour into your cookie dough.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened, unsalted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Red food coloring
- 2 tsp cornstarch
Cream Cheese Filling
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- melted white chocolate
Make the Cream Cheese Filling
- Beat the room temperature cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and flour until completely combined. Scoop the filling onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet in heaping 1 teaspoon dollops.
- Place in the freezer while we prepare the cookie dough.
Make the Cookie Dough
- Cream your butter and sugars together for 3-4 minutes until fluffy. Add your red gel food coloring to your desired shade. Whisk in your vanilla then your eggs one at a time. Mix until just combined.
- Cover and chill your dough for an hour and a half.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and the cream cheese from the freezer. Scoop a tablespoon sized ball of cookie dough (roughly 35g) and press into a flat disk. Take one ball of the filling and place it into the center of the cookie dough. Now scoop a second tablespoon of dough press into another disk and place on top of the filling. Pinch the sides to seal and then roll into a ball. Place on silicone baking mat lined baking sheets. Repeat with all the dough.
- Cover and chill again the cookies for at least an additional 20-30 minutes before baking and up to overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350°/180°C. Place 6 balls on cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats. Bake your cookies for 12 minutes.
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Don’t let a fancy cookie intimidate you, friend. You can do this. Bake some delicious red velvet cheesecake cookies and be the most bad ass baker of your friends. I promise you won’t regret these!
And when you try them out and love them, let us know! Leave us a comment below or snap a photo and share it on Instagram make sure you tag us in the photo for a special shout out too (@handheld_eats)!
And since you’re still here, why not check out some of our other dessert recipes to enjoy everything the season has to offer!
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