Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

I have always had a fascination with crinkle cookies but I always thought they would be hard or crunchy. Doesn’t the crackle crinkle on top of these cookies evoke hardness or crispness? I’m a soft and chewy cookie fan, through and through. So when I was working on a cookie recipe for McCormick for the holidays, I thought I would try out their Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies and give them a spin. I added cream cheese because I’m obsessed with adding cream cheese to cookies because of these ones. The cream cheese doesn’t add a funny taste, you can’t even taste it since I added a little bit more sugar…they just keep the cookie super soft and moist a little longer.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

I couldn’t help but take another bite. And another and another when these came out of the oven…until three cookies were gone. That’s the test right? If you can’t eat just one, they are worth making!

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I usually have about four bottles of McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and currently have about three bottles of McCormick® Red Food Color in my spice cabinet. You never know when you a craving for red velvet comes along. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with red velvet. The big thing about red velvet is the chocolate…yes the chocolate and the red luxurious color just gives you a feeling of celebration or just something more special…I think that’s why I love it so much.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix all of the dry ingredients and then set them aside.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix the cream cheese and butter together and then cream the sugar.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Look at that red color!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

It becomes a deeper red because of the cocoa powder.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

I make a huge mess but it’s worth it.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

They look and feel like little pillows of goodness!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

These literally only take a few minutes to put together and I even cheated and baked some cookies without chilling the dough and they tasted great. They spread a little more than the ones pictured here but still tasted fine.

These aren’t just for Christmas or the holidays, you can make these for Valentine’s Day, for someone’s birthday or just because. Watch out, I’m kinda obsessed with crinkle cookies now!

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons McCormick® Red Food Color

1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar


Directions:

Place flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix with a rubber spatula and set aside.


Mix butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer. Add sugar to the bowl. Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, red food color and vanilla extra and mix well. Add flour-cocoa mixture in two batches and mix with rubber spatula until incorporated. Refrigerate cookie dough for 4 hours.


Heat oven to 350°F. Using a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out dough and roll into balls. Roll in powdered sugar until it's completely covered. Bake on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for about 9 to 10 minutes. Pull parchment paper from baking sheet with cookies and place on wire cooling racks. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

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