So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for red velvet crinkle cookies, I was ready to try it. But there was a problem: no cream cheese. Anywhere. And seriously, what’s the point of red velvet without cream cheese? My first thought was simply to add a drizzle of cream-cheese icing, but as I was idly Googling I found a recipe on the Taste and Tell blog for “Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies” that incorporated cream cheese into the batter. Genius!
The recipe was simple and fun to put together. It’s a crinkle-style cookie, which means you get the fun of rolling each one in powdered sugar before baking for that distinctive look. The finished cookies are seductively soft, fluffy, and incredibly rich. The flavor of cream cheese comes through loud and clear, with chocolate as a supporting player – I amped up the chocolate flavor (often lacking in red velvet) with a little extra dose of cocoa.
These simple cookies are festively pretty crowd-pleasers – they’d be perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, even the Fourth of July. Or any day you want a rich, easy-to-make mouthful to share with friends.