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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Red velvet cake is so pretty and perfect for the holiday season. We all know my heart belongs to cookies, not cake, so I decided it was time for me to create a red velvet cookie…and not just any red velvet cookie, but a Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookie. This cookie is the cookie of all cookies. If you think your holiday baking list is set, think again. You have to make these cookies! They will wow everyone who takes a bite!

I normally don’t bake with boxed mixes, but I cheated and used a red velvet cake mix to make these cookies. I know, gasp! I think you will forgive me when you taste the cookies:) I did doctor the cookies up by adding a creamy cheesecake filling and a white chocolate drizzle. No one will ever know the base of this cookie comes from a mix. It is our little secret:) The cookies are almost too pretty to eat, but when you get to that surprise cheesecake filling, you will forget all about the beautiful cookie. You will want to eat another one!

If you are a Cheesecake Factory fan, chances are you have had their Red Velvet Cheesecake. These cookies remind me of that cheesecake, but of course they are better because they are cookies:) I made the cookies giant size because it’s the holiday season and indulging is A-OK in my book:) I am going to leave a plate of these cookies out for Santa. I know he will leave me everything on my wish list after he takes one bite of these Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies. They are the best holiday cookie ever! Promise me you will make them!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: 10 giant cookies

Cook Time: 11-13 minutes

Red velvet cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling and a drizzle of white chocolate. These bright red cookies are perfect for Christmas or Valentine's Day.


For the cookies:
1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cheesecake filling:
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the white chocolate drizzle:
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted


1. To make cookies, in a large bowl combine cake mix and flour. Whisk until clumps disappear. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. The dough will be oily. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

2. To make the cheesecake filling, using a mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Using a teaspoon, scoop out cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Continue scooping out cheesecake filling into teaspoon balls until you have 10. Place plate in the freezer and freeze for at least two hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. To assemble the cookies, take about 1/4 cup of red velvet cookie dough and flatten in your hands. Place a teaspoon of cheesecake filling in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Scoop onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Only bake 3 cookies at a time. The cookies are large and will spread. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies begin to crackle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies. Let the cookies set until the chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!

Note: if you are going to store the cookies for more than a day, you may want to keep them in the refrigerator. You can make the cookies smaller. Just use less dough and filling. You want to make sure you completely wrap the cookie dough around the filling before baking-so it doesn't leak. Enjoy!

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394 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies”

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  1. Becki's Whole Life — December 7, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    OMG…you are right..I am not set with my holidays cookies…I am going to make these. Very soon, actually. I have actually used the boxed red velvet mix from DH for cupcakes and it’s really pretty great so I am sure that you would never know in these cookies. Plus, with all of the baking going on, sometimes it’s nice to have a mix. I can only imagine how wonderful the cheesecake filling tastes with this. It’s perfect since you usually have a cream cheese frosting on Red Velvet Cake.

  2. I wish we had that cake mix here:( I will have to be creative because those sound wonderdful

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 7, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    These are the prettiest cookies I’ve seen all week :)

  4. Erica — December 7, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    What a fun surprise in the middle! I’m not much for the mixes either- but they are so fabulous in a pinch :)

  5. Rosa — December 7, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    What marvelous cookies! Really original and pretty.



  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 7, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    you are my hero.


    heather :)

  7. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    You are definitely forgiven, although I’d be even more convinced if you sent a few of these my way:-)

  8. TidyMom — December 7, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Gorgeous and delicious! I love the idea of red velvet in a cookie Maria!

  9. Julie @ Table for Two — December 7, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    omg, just took my breath away. I am in LOVE with red velvet anything and this just took the cake. I’m so going to try this immediately. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for this :) :)

  10. jenna — December 7, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    oh my word!!! these look amazing! i live for red velvet!!

  11. Cookin' Canuck — December 7, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Love that filling oozing out of there. Those are so festive and perfect for the holidays.

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 7, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    These are gorgeous…inside and out. The frosting, the filling, the color. Guaranteed shoe-in for the foodie sites :) and yes, I need to add these to the baking lineup!

  13. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — December 7, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    OMG, these look fantastic. So festive!

  14. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — December 7, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    These look deliciously festive!

  15. Caleigh — December 7, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    OMG! This must be what they eat in heaven! Beautiful.

  16. Lauren — December 7, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Gorgeous!! So fun and festive! :)

  17. Deborah — December 7, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I’m obsessed with red velvet – so I want these now!!

  18. ines — December 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    and for those who love in Portugal and can´t buy a box of red velvet cake mix ? 😉

    • Two Peas replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      Sorry! I’ve only tried the cookies using a cake mix.

  19. Cassie — December 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I love these. The texture looks so dreamy!

  20. ines — December 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am


  21. Katrina — December 7, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Those do look great! I saw some red velvet biscotti made with a cake mix, too. I’ve never even noticed red velvet cake mix in the stores. Better look!

  22. Cassie — December 7, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    These look delicious. Hi, do you know if they will turn out just as good if I make them smaller? I want to stretch the recipe for a holiday treat exchange :). Thanks.

    • Two Peas replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      I only made giant cookies, but I am sure smaller ones would work. Just make sure the dough is wrapped around the cream cheese filling so it doesn’t leak out:) Enjoy!

  23. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — December 7, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    I’m sure there are many cookie swappers who are busily revising their baking plans after seeing this recipe! Gorgeous, and perfect for the holiday.

  24. Amber, RD — December 7, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    These are beautiful! My husband looooves cookies, and red velvet is his favorite cake. That is what he wants every year for his b-day. He will flip when I make these, which I will!

  25. Asmita — December 7, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Absolutely gorgeous cookies and love the filling!

  26. Bev Weidner — December 7, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    The cheesecake filling is something I’d spoon feed myself for 24 hours straight.

  27. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes — December 7, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    These look incredible! I’m obsessed with all things red velvet so I can’t wait to try them!

  28. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 7, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I love everything about these!!!

  29. Seriously yum! I wish I would have seen these for the FB Cookie Swap!

  30. Jenny — December 7, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    These look so good. Pinned it to try later :)

  31. Feast on the Cheap — December 7, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Oh boy… I’m in trouble. These look amazing!

  32. Kim — December 7, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    omg, i made such a horrible mistake coming here before lunchtime!
    these look deeeelicious! i love red velvet, ESPECIALLY the red velvet cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory!
    must. try.

  33. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 7, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    Wow these look amazing.

  34. Beautiful! You wowed me just with the top photo!!

  35. Annalise — December 7, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything red velvet- yum!

  36. Asiya — December 7, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Looks amazing….

  37. Holly — December 7, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Should these cookies be refrigerated if not eaten right away? I’m always unsure about what to do when cream cheese is involved. I can’t wait to bake some of these cookies!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

      I stored them on the counter in an air tight container.

  38. Katie — December 7, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    These look and sound amazing! My husband loves all things red velvet. I think I need to make these for him this weekend!

  39. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — December 7, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I can definitely promise you that I will make these cookies. They look simply totally amazingly awesome! Wow…you really out-did yourself…again. What a great recipe!

  40. Jessica @ How Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    i think i’m in HEAVEN!

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