Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

January 7, 2020

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies


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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Two bites of perfection, that’s what these Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies are.  Tender rich Chocolate thumbprint cookies with a creamy cheesecake center.  Rolling them in coarse sanding sugar gives the lovely crackled look and a slight crispness to the cookies.   

These are the perfect special occasion cookie, these are excellent on a cookie platter for the holidays or make them for a special someone on Valentines day.   Pin it now so you can find it later.  You’ll thank me. 

Red Velvet Thumbprint cookies rolled in sanding sugar and filled with cheesecake on a white cookie platter.


Even if you’re not a baker, this super simple recipe will give you great results.  Really in a hurry?  You can use a red velvet cookie mix and then just make the Cheesecake filling and follow the directions to finish.  I won’t tell, I promise. 



Yield: 12

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Tender chocolate red velvet cookies, with a surprise cream cheese filling. These extra special Holiday Thumbprint cookies are perfect for Valentines Day and Christmas.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • Red Velvet Cheesecake cookie
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 C flour
  • 4 tsp red-red food coloring
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C holiday sanding sugar

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


    1. Preheat oven to 300 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
    2. Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
    3. Gradually mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.
    4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop some dough into your hands and roll into a ball
    5. Pour the sanding sugar into a bowl
    6. Roll the dough ball into the sanding sugar and set aside onto the cookie sheet. Repeat steps for about 11 more cookies
    7. Bake for 10 minutes.
    8. While the cookies are baking, using an electric mixer beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
    9. After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to create an indentation in the cookies.
    10. Spoon a teaspoon of the cheesecake filling into each indentation.
      Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.
    11. Let cool completely before enjoying!


Red Velvet Cookies get their rich colour by combining a chocolate batter with food colouring. Paste food colouring is more instense and helps to ensure that the cookies don't take on an off taste from too much liquid dye.

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