Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

stack of cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies showing the inside filling

Welcome to day 2 in Sally’s Cookie Palooza!

I’ve had a cookie like this on my mind for over a year now. Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting in cookie form. (While we’re on the subject of cakes as cookies… anyone try the carrot cake cookies in Sally’s Cookie Addiction?!)

It took me many failed attempts and horrific cream cheese disasters… but here it is. Cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies will be the talk of the town on every holiday cookie tray this year.

cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies

The red velvet cookie dough is pretty straightforward. It’s basically the same cookie dough I use for my red velvet chocolate chip cookies, only I use a little extra cocoa powder in place of flour. The extra cocoa flavor definitely stands out. One of the main questions I receive regarding this red velvet cookie dough is… how is it red velvet? Isn’t it just chocolate chip cookie dough tinted red? Honestly, that’s a great question. But to me, red velvet is a blend of cocoa and vanilla paired with LOTS of buttery flavor. It’s a buttermilk-based cake, so you have a tangy flavor mixed in as well. And the chocolate flavor is toned down by only adding a small amount of cocoa. The cookies include all of it, though the buttermilk flavor isn’t as strong.

So what about today’s cookies?

I had a wonderful starting off point with my red velvet cookie dough, so the real issue was with the cream cheese filling. Man this stuff was annoying! It would either seep out the sides of the cookie, taste gross, or pull a disappearing act. Like, it would melt into the cookie dough itself. It simply wasn’t thick or sturdy enough. Like most cookie doughs, the cream cheese filling needs to be super cold going into the oven. And it needs to fit snugly inside the red velvet cookie dough. So how do we make it? The filling is basically an extremely thick cream cheese frosting.

Um, did you read that? These are cookies stuffed with frosting (!!!).

cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies

You’ll need cream cheese, obviously. Confectioners’ sugar to sweeten and thicken, a smidge of flour to also thicken, and a touch of vanilla extract for flavor. I always add butter to my cream cheese frosting, but butter caused the filling to melt. Once I (1) ditched the butter, (2) got the filling as cold and sturdy as possible, and (3) shaped the cookie dough completely around the filling… we were golden!!!

Let’s walk through the general process:

  1. prepare + chill red velvet cookie dough
  2. make the cream cheese filling
  3. drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet and freeze
  4. roll frozen spoonfuls of filling into balls
  5. assemble cookies
  6. bake cookies!

Here’s a video to show you exactly how to do each step:

After the cream cheese filling is mixed together, it’s pretty sticky. So that’s why we have to freeze it. I don’t recommend freezing the filling in the bowl; rather, freeze it as little spoonfuls. It will freeze faster and more evenly this way. Once the little spoonfuls are frozen/cold, it’s easier to roll into balls to fit inside the cookie dough. It’ll still be a little sticky, but much more manageable.

Step Photos

red velvet cookie dough:

red velvet cookie dough in a glass bowl

cream cheese filling:

cream cheese filling in a glass bowl

drop spoonfuls + freeze them:

spoonfuls of cream cheese filling on a parchment lined baking sheet

roll frozen cream cheese filling into balls as best you can:

rolling cream cheese filling in between palms

assemble cookies:

collage of 4 images showing steps to making cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies including cookie dough, cream cheese ball on top of cookie dough, cookie dough on top of cream cheese ball, and hands enclosing the cream cheese stuffing with cookie dough

That bottom right picture shows how to mold the cookie dough around the cream cheese filling. Just push the dough down the sides to completely enclose the filling. As you’re assembling the cookies, the cream cheese filling balls may get a little soft. So don’t be afraid to just pop them back in the fridge for a few minutes.

Roll the stuffed cookie dough balls in granulated sugar for some sparkle because sparkles are pretty.

hands rolling red velvet cookie dough ball into a bowl of sugar

Bake up some stuffed cookie success!

stacks of cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies

cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies on a black plate

Red Velvet Cookie Conclusion

  • If you love red velvet, you’re going to obsess over these cookies.
  • If you don’t love red velvet, you’re going to obsess over these cookies.
  • I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t love these cookies.
  • Even people who are all like “eh, I don’t really like dessert” (who even are you?) love these cookies.

See all cookie palooza recipes.

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stack of cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies showing the inside filling

Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies are like a chewy and dense slice of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/3 cup (27g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon red food coloring (liquid, gel, or 2 tsp beet powder alternative)*

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces (112g) full-fat block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Make the cookie dough: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar together on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. On low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the wet ingredients until combined. Finally, beat in the food coloring. Add 1-2 teaspoons more for a brighter red, if desired. The cookie dough will be slightly sticky. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 and 1/2 hours and up to 2-3 days.
  4. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese filling: In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, flour, and vanilla extract together on medium-high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Drop teaspoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet that will fit in your freezer. Freeze for at least 1 and 1/2 hours and up to 2-3 days.
  5. Remove cream cheese spoonfuls from the freezer. Roll each into a ball as best you can. It will be a little sticky. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use in step 7. You want them as cold as possible!
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  7. Assemble the cookies: Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator. If the cookie dough chilled longer than 3-4 hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. This makes the cookie dough easier to scoop and roll. Roll cookie dough, 1 Tablespoon each, into balls. Using your thumb, make an indent into one cookie dough ball. Remove cream cheese balls from the refrigerator. Place one inside the indentation. Cover the cream cheese ball with another cookie dough ball and mold the two dough balls around the cream cheese, making sure it is completely covered and snug inside. Repeat with remaining cookie dough and cream cheese.
  8. Roll each stuffed cookie dough ball in remaining granulated sugar and arrange 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until edges appear set. Centers will look soft.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. You can also make the cream cheese filling in step 4 and freeze for up to 2-3 days. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before serving. Unbaked cookie dough balls with cream cheese inside (that you assembled in step 7) will freeze well for up to 3 months. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, pre-heat the oven, then roll in remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Bake as directed. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 5-qt Tilt Head Glass Measuring Bowl | Americolor Super Red Food Coloring | Silpat Baking Mat | Baking Sheet | Cooling Rack
  3. Milk: Any milk, dairy or non-dairy, works. I like to use buttermilk.
  4. Red Food Coloring: I’ve successfully made these cookies using beet powder instead of red food coloring – this is a wonderful natural alternative to food coloring. Use 2 teaspoons for a slight red color.
  5. Keep Everything Cold: If the cream cheese filling or cookie dough become too soft as you assemble the cookies in step 7, simply place back into the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  6. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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114 Comments

  1. Ryan Renfrew says:

    Hi I was just wondering are these cookies safe to leave at room temperature with the cream cheese filling. Would it be considered shelf stable?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ryan, Cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week. For longer storage see my make ahead tips in the recipe notes!

      1. Hi. I plan to ship these cookies over the holidays. Would it be safe and not spoiled by the time it arrives ? It might take more than 3 days to arrive.

  2. Zainab Mansoor says:

    I made a pizookie using this recipe but the crust and the sides turned soggy after baking it. Is it because of adding no or little flour. If I add a little more flour in the cream cheese filling will it absorb extra moisture and stop it from becoming soggy

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Zainab, We’ve never tested this recipe as a pizookie or cookie cake but we wouldn’t recommend using this filling that way. It really needs to be as cold as possible in small amounts so it doesn’t spread and make everything soggy. You can certainly try using this cookie dough, or the dough from our red velvet chocolate chip cookies (with or without the chocolate chips) baked as a pizookie and then decorating the top with cream cheese frosting.

  3. Rocheal Morton says:

    Does this cookie have a cake like texture?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Rocheal, they are on the chewy/dense side. Hope you’ll give them a try!

  4. I am always wondering why does cookie recipe have so much sugar? It is too (understatement) sweet to even finish 1

    1. Michelle @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Boom, Sugar is used for moisture and texture in baked goods as well as taste. You can certainly try reducing the sugar, but the resulting texture will be different than intended.

  5. Can these cookies last more than 5 days room temperature?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Nurul, cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

  6. Great recipe!! After assembling the cookie dough I discovered that I’ve got quite a lot of excess cream cheese filling left. Is there anything else you’d recommend that I can use the filling for so that they won’t go to waste? Thanks so much!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Andrea, Other cookie recipes would be tasty with this inside. You can try stuffing into double chocolate crinkle cookies or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

  7. Hi! I was wondering if I can use homemade cream cheese for the filling. Thankyou!

    1. Michelle @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Frances, We’ve never tried it, but we would expect that the texture would not hold up.

  8. Hi ! I tried the recipe today and it tastes great! There was only a small problem. The cookies are a bit hollow, not completely filled with cream cheese. What might be the problem in your opinion? Is it because of the temperature or? Thank you 🙂

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Christine, how strange! What kind of cream cheese are you using? Make sure to use full fat block cream cheese, instead of cream cheese sold in a tub. Spreadable cream cheese contains much more moisture and would evaporate in the oven causing pockets of air to appear in the cookies.

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