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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Cookies

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These Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Cookies are only six ingredients with the help of a cake mix. A moist red velvet cookie with swirls of cream cheese throughout make the perfect and festive treat for Valentine’s Day!

single red velvet cream cheese swirl cookie being held up

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Serve these red velvet cream cheese swirl cookies after a dinner of meatloaf with brown gravy!

If you’ve noticed, the blogging world runs on a retail schedule – meaning that Valentine’s Day treats should have started going out right after Christmas.

I’m not one of those bloggers that are on top of things and make recipes ahead of time for holidays. Well, I do, I just don’t blog them until after the holidays.

But really, are red velvet cookies only good for Valentine’s Day? No. These are great all year long.

mixing bowl with ingredients for red velvet cream cheese swirl cookies

RED VELVET CREAM CHEESE SWIRL COOKIES INGREDIENTS

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Cream Cheese

WHAT EXACTLY IS RED VELVET

There’s more to red velvet cake than just food coloring. It typically includes cocoa powder, vinegar, and buttermilk. Those ingredients, along with the red dye, react to make the flavor and color of red velvet.

red velvet cream cheese swirl cookies on a baking sheet fresh from oven

WHAT DOES RED VELVET TASTE LIKE

Because of the small amount cocoa powder in red velvet batter, there is a mild chocolate flavor. Not as strong as a traditional chocolate cake (or cookie), but you definitely pick up the chocolate flavor.

TOOLS TO HELP YOU MAKE THESE COOKIES

  • Baking Sheets – I recently got two of these OXO baking sheets & they’re so pretty. I may have referred to them as my prized possessions to my husband.
  • Silicone Baking Mats – Silicone mats help your cookies to bake evenly and make clean up a breeze.
  • Mixing Bowls – I love the grippy bottoms so they don’t slip around.
  • Spatulas – You don’t even need a mixer for these cookies, but I love a good silicone spatula for mixing batters.
stack of red velvet cream cheese swirl cookies on a white plate
 

TIPS TO MAKE THESE COOKIES A SUCCESS

  • Starting with room temperature butter and cream cheese is a must! You are mixing these by hand (no mixer) so make sure your ingredients are room temperature or you’ll get frustrated.
  • In order for these to be cream cheese swirl cookies, you can’t over mix the batter. Gently fold in the cubed cream cheese to swirl it in and not fully incorporating it.
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container. I like to keep them in the fridge since they have cream cheese.
red velvet cream cheese swirl cookie held in a hand

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Cookies

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
These Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Cookies are only six ingredients with the help of a cake mix. A moist red velvet cookie with swirls of cream cheese throughout make the perfect and festive treat for Valentine's Day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened & cubed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, oil, butter, and milk. Stir with a spoon until fully combined. Batter will be very thick.
  • Drop in the cubed cream cheese into the batter and gently fold in to swirl. Don't over mix.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, 12 per sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are just set.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to cool completely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 72mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 110IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.9mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published February 14, 2013

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  1. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen says

    I’m so glad you liked them!! Yours look great! I’m jealous of how well you can see the cream cheese in yours!! 😉

  2. Brenda says

    Y U M !! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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