1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon red food coloring

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted (optional for drizzling)

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, red food coloring, and vanilla extract.

Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Form 1-inch dough balls and place them on the baking sheets. Press a thumbprint into each ball.

For the filling, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fill each cookie indent with this mixture.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Avoid overbaking.

Allow the cookies to cool briefly on the sheets before transferring to wire racks.

Optionally, drizzle with melted white chocolate for a decorative finish.

Variations & Tips:

Sprinkle red sugar on the filling before baking for a festive look.

Use gluten-free flour for dietary needs.

Omit food coloring for a classic “Velvet” Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookie.

Chill the dough if it's too sticky.

Happy baking! We hope these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies add joy and deliciousness to your gatherings.