I want to share a new recipe I tried out this past week for the Real Women Eat's Christmas Tea. We were doing a gift exchange, but with a twist. The "gift" had to be a baked item, and it was supposed to be something we have never made before. So, my collection of recipes just wouldn't do this time. Off to Pinterest I go. I found Two Peas and Their Pod's site where these beauties were. She had me at "red velvet" and when I saw these were cookies, all the better! (I'm such a cookie monster!) These cookies should come with a warning... they are very rich. LOL. They're not hard, but they do take a little bit of time investment, but oh, so worth it! So here goes....
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
- 1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
White chocolate drizzle:
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted
To make cookies, combine cake mix and flour. Whisk until clumps disappear before placing in mixing bowl. Mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. The dough will be oily. And I really mean oily! The recipe said to refrigerate for 2 hours. I had running around to do, so they stayed in there a lot longer than the two hours (and were fine)
To make the cheesecake filling, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Using a teaspoon, scoop out cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Continue scooping out cheesecake filling into teaspoon balls until you have 10. Place plate in the freezer and freeze for at least two hours. Again, more than two hours didn't hurt.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper- or a silicone baking mat if you have one. I don't.
To assemble the cookies, take about 1/4 cup of red velvet cookie dough and flatten in your hands.(I used one of those ice-cream-looking scoops that I use for cupcake batter) Place a teaspoon of cheesecake filling in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Scoop onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Only bake 3 cookies at a time. The cookies are large and will spread. Trust me, she knows what she's talking about. So, really, only three at a time. Ya, hear??
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies begin to crackle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies. Let the cookies set until the chocolate hardens.
Note: I bought the white chocolate chips, but ended up using the white candy coating wafers instead thinking it would harden quicker. I didn't see where I saved any time using the wafers so go ahead and use the white chocolate chips!
These cookies are really rich and I doubt you'll be finishing them in a day, so store in the frige. My husband ate one and said he felt like he had eaten half a dozen...THAT rich.