Stuffed Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 in Cookies, Stuffed Cookies | 20 comments

Stuffed Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies

Hoho-HOMG!!! These cookies are SOOOOO good! And I am NOT exaggerating.  Talk about rich, decadent, fudgy pure chocolatey deliciousness. Oh and of course festive fun! Don’t these cookies remind you of Christmas? I was probably deprived as a child…I’ve come to grips with that now….but I don’t think I had my first bite of red velvet cake until I was in college.  Growing up my family preferred pound cakes and pineapple moon cakes definitely nothing too sweet. Sugar was going to rot out all my teeth my dad used to tell me….Ha if he only knew what I’d grow up loving…cookies!! So, when I discovered Red Velvet and more importantly cream cheese icing, I was in love!

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies

If there was a baker police going around policing my baking technique I would probably get in trouble for these stuffed red velvet and cream cheese cookies.  If you asked any baker about ground chocolate they would probably tell you to NEVER EVER bake with it and they would probably be right….but sometimes a mistake that is a traditional no no can become your best creation. One day while shopping at Restaurant Depot I accidentally picked up a 20lb….yea you heard or I mean read me right….20lb! box of ground chocolate…accidentally.  Totally thought it was cocoa powder.  Yea..no… Ground chocolate is basically regular eating chocolate ground into a powder most often to be used in drink mixes. So after making 50 jars of mexican hot chocolate mix as gifts and not even making a dent in the box, I decided it was time to start baking with it.  And boy am I ever glad I did, especially in these Red Velvet Cookies.

Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

The ground chocolate gives these cookies an amazing crispy and slightly chewy texture on the outside with a super yummy dense and chewy texture on the inside. Plus the cream cheese keeps the inside soft and fugd-y with yummy cream cheese tanginess…..Divine!! This cookie has such a super deep chocolate flavor that is so delicious you’ll be wondering why everyone doesn’t bake with ground chocolate!

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies

 

So here is your warning.  Like all my other stuffed cookie recipes, this cookie requires a little bit of work and little bit of prep but trust me….it is SO worth it! The fillings require at least 4-5 hours to freeze so just make sure you plan accordingly.  This recipe isn’t hard. It just takes a little more time, love and attention which always equals a delicious cookie!!

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookie

First you need to make your cream cheese fillings.  When scooping out the filling and placing them in an air tight container to freeze.  Make sure the fillings do not touch or they will freeze together and be a little more difficult to separate.

How to Make Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

 

To roll your stuffed Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies, after the cream cheese fillings are frozen, take about 2-3 tablespoons of Red Velvet cookie dough, roll into a ball and flatten in the palm of your hand.

How to make stuffed red velvet cookiesTake your frozen cream cheese filling and place in the center of the red velvet dough.  Make sure the filling is frozen when doing this.  If it is softened it will be very difficult to get the dough to completely cover it.  If softened, place back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until it hardens up again. Make sure there is no filling showing through the cookie dough or it’ll ooze out when baking.

How to Make Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

 

Roll in the powdered sugar and bake at 375 degrees F for 9-10 mins.

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies

Ingredients

Batter

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Ground Chocolate
  • 2/3 cups Natural Unsweetend Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tablespoon Red Food Coloring

Filling

  • 12oz Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Crushed Oreo Bits
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar (reserve for topping)

Directions

Step 1
Make the cookies & cream cheese fillings. Combine the softened cream cheese, crushed oreo bits and powdered sugar in bowl or stand mixer. Mix until completely combined. With a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop rounded balls of the cream cheese filling into a air tight container. Try to keep the fillings from touching or they will freeze together. Place the fillings in the freezer for about 4-5 hours, better overnight.
Step 2
Make the cookie dough. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Add the vanilla, apple cider vinegar and eggs one at time and mix to combine.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, cocoa powder, ground chocolate & baking soda. Slowly combine the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture and mix until combined.
Step 4
Add the chocolate chips and the red food coloring. I like to add it in last because then I can see what color of red it will be and adjust if needed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Step 5
When you are ready to bake the cookies. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and sift the 3 tablespoons powdered in a small bowl. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
Step 6
Take about 2-3 tablespoons of cookie dough, roll into a ball and flatten in your hands. Take a cream cheese filling ball and place in the center of the flattened dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the filling and make sure there is no part of the cream cheese filling exposed and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the powdered sugar covering all sides and place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
Step 7
Bake 9-10 minutes. You will know it is ready when the edges are hardened and the tops begin to crack just a little bit. Let cool and enjoy!

These cookies will make you a lover of red velvet and ground chocolate for life!  Have you guys ever made an awesome discovery by mistake?  I’d love to hear about it!

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20 Comments

  1. Those look delicious! I love anything red velvet and the cream cheese is to die or! ;-)

    • Thanks Michael! Red velvet and Cream Cheese – the killer duo! ;)

  2. they look amazing!

  3. Oh my goodness I think you are an evil genius! A cookie with cream cheese inside??? That is stinkin’ brilliant. And chocolate? So over the top. Love!

    • Thanks Allie! This are definitely over the top and totally indulgent….just perfect for the Holidays :)

  4. I live in a cave, so can you tell me if there are any apple cider vinegar substitutes?

    • Haha. Sometimes I wished I lived in cave! You can actually leave it out of the recipe and it won’t affect the cookie too much. Apple cider vinegar is a classic ingredient in red velvet and it changes the flavor ever so slightly but in this recipe it won’t make too much of a difference if you leave it out.

  5. Hi. These look fantastic. However there is no where around me that has ground chocolate. How should I substitute for that?

    • Hi Jackie! Ground chocolate is typically sold at all the normal grocery stores. If you’ve never looked for it you may not have even noticed it. But to substitute you can grind regular eating chocolate in a food processor and it is basically the same thing. :)

  6. these look MAJOR. Like I’m calling out sick from work and eating these major. Then I will eat them all by myself major. And then I will immediately make another batch for my family and share just a few of them…. mayyyjah. Love!!!

    • Haha Christine! You made me totally LOL!! :)

  7. Wow these sound seriously amazing! I love everything about them!

    • Thanks Chelsea!! They never make it 2 days when these are made!

  8. Oh.My.Gosh. I’m not even a huge cookie eater, but holy crap. These look so amazing!!! So pretty too!!

    • Thanks Nicole! You’ll have to share some of your secret powers to have so much self control in cookie eating….I might have a problem… :)

  9. These cookies look delicious, I love red Velvet and I cream-cheese sure does compliment it!

    • Thanks!! They are one of my all time favorites! So dangerous!

  10. Hi Blahnik! Thanks for saying hi! I am such a fan of your blog! And YES! There is cookies and cream cheese stuffed inside! These are crazy delicious!!

  11. My goodness there is cream cheese stuffed inside? Geez genius. They look so delicious and I must try!

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