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Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies. Make them plain or as crackle cookies for a delicious soft cookie with a deliciously creamy cream cheese frosting filling.

Red Velvet Cookies close up photo of cookies on a white platter

Red Velvet Cookies.

Delicious, soft, red velvet cookies sandwiched together with smooth, luscious cream cheese frosting. A favorite cake in cookie form.

As you can see from the photo, I experimented with the final look of the cookies. Whether you choose the powdered sugar crackle look, the added holiday sparkle of rolling in white sugar  or just leave them plain, they look and taste delicious either way.

Combining all three versions on a serving plate would also look fantastic during the Christmas season too.

Everyone seems to love anything labelled Red Velvet these days. Our own Red Velvet Cake recipe has been incredibly popular here on Rock Recipes.

The Best Red Velvet Cake cut slice

With cream cheese frosting being the perfect accompaniment to the popular cake, I decided it would also be delicious to sandwich together some red velvet cookies.

Freezing these cookies.

I did experiment with freezing these for a couple of weeks and they really were just fine. The crackle cookies with the icing sugar on the outside are more susceptible to humidity though.

Red Velvet Cookies wide shot photo of cookies on a white platter

Red Velvet Cookies.

The icing sugar will disintegrate as the cookie thaws. So if freezing them I would stick with the other two options.

They would certainly make a nice festively coloured addition to your Christmas treat trays.

Stock photo of cream cheese in a foil package.

Cream Cheese.

In recipes like these be sure to use the cream cheese that comes in blocks. The spreadable type , mostly found in tubs, may have fillers added.

The issue with that type of cream cheese is that it may liquify the frosting more, causing the necessity of adding more icing sugar to thicken it. This often leads to it becoming too sweet. 

If you liked this recipe you many want to check out this great collection of No Bake Cookies that was incredibly popular during our last Holiday season.

No Bake Christmas Cookies Collage with title text for Pinterest 

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Red Velvet Cookies close up photo of cookies on a white platter
Yield: 12 sandwich cookies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies. Delicious, soft, red velvet cookies sandwiched together with smooth, luscious cream cheese frosting. A favorite cake in cookie form.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp liquid red food color or 1 tsp red color paste, add more or less if you like
  • 3/4 cup white sugar or powdered sugar, for rolling, optional

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar, powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar very well.
  3. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the buttermilk and food coloring.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Don’t overwork the dough.
  6. Cover the dough and refrigerate for about an hour or more. It should be quite cold.
  7. Scatter the white sugar or powdered sugar in the bottom of a pie plate if you are rolling these in sugar at all.
  8. Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls into the sugar.
  9. Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 13 -15 minutes until they do not look wet on the top and spring back when lightly touched..
  11. Cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Sandwich 2 of the cookies together with about a tablespoon of the cream cheese frosting.
  13. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

Prep time includes time to chill the cookie dough.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

12 sandwich cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 362Saturated Fat 6gCholesterol 53mgSodium 249mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 1gSugar 49gProtein 4g

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Vic

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Doubled the recipe and measured out dough ingredients to the exact measurements, dough didn’t form, it came out initially more like cake batter until I added more flour for the right consistency. Hopefully this will come together at the end and turn out like image - fingers crossed.

Debra

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Added 1/4 tsp cream of tartar and about 2 oz more of cream cheese. Magnifico!

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Awesome. I love that recipe it's even included in my new cookbook

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 24th of November 2013

The buttermilk provides the acidity, Leslie.

Anonymous

Sunday 24th of November 2013

No vinegar in the recipe. ...why not? I've never seen a recipe without it.

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