Black Velvet Cookies

These Black Velvet Cookies are soft and chewy, with a rich chocolate flavor that is balanced perfectly by the sweet cheesecakefilling. They are perfect for any occasion, from holiday parties to afternoon snacks.

two black velvet cookies on a small stack of plates.

We served these cookies at our Halloween party because the dark color and creamy filling fit perfectly with the spooky theme. But they are a delicious treat any time of year.

black velvet cookie held in a woman's hand to show the cream cheese inside.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It combines the flavors of dark chocolate and cheesecake, making it a perfect balance of richness and sweetness.
  • The soft and chewy texture is irresistible.
  • It’s easy to make, with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

🛒Ingredients

bowls of brown sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, butter, cream cheese, food coloring and sprinkles.

While this ingredient list may seem a little long, the ingredients are simple and many you probably have in your pantry already. So, pick up these ingredients on your next trip to the store to make these spooky cookies.

Cheesecake Filling

  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • flour
  • 1vanilla extract
  • Neon green food coloring

Cookie Dough

  • salted butter
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • milk
  • baking soda 
  • vanilla extract
  • dark chocolate baking cocoa 
  • Black gel food coloring
  • flour
  • Halloween sprinkles

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make Black Velvet Cookies

Making these cookies does take a little bit of time and effort. However, I promise that these cookies are worth every bit of effort that you take to make them.

butter, sugar, and black food dye being creamed together in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 1: Make the cheesecake filling

In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer combine the cheesecake filling ingredients, adding enough food coloring to get your desired green shade.

dollops of green colored cheesecake mixture balls on a parchment lined plate.

Step 2: Freeze the cheesecake filling

On a tray lined with parchment paper spoon out 1-½ teaspoons of the cheesecake filling. Roll it into balls and then repeat until you’ve used all the cheesecake filling. And, freeze for at least 2 hours.

Step 3: Mix the wet ingredients for the cookie dough

For the cookie dough in a large bowl using an electric mixer beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. And, add in the egg, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa, and black food coloring.  

dry ingredients being added to black cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 4: Add in the food coloring and flour

Add the food coloring. I use just ½ a teaspoon of the food coloring and add more until I reach a deep black color. And, next slowly beat in the flour.  Chill for 1-2 hours.

Step 5: Preheat the oven and shape the cookie dough

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. And, take a tablespoon of the cookie dough and roll it into a ball and flatten it out a bit. And, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

frozen cheesecake being stuffed inside black velvet cookies.

Step 6: Stuff with cheesecake and close

Place one of the frozen cream cheese balls in the center. And, roll and slightly flatten another 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and place it on top of the cream cheese ball. Then seal the edges of the cookie.

Step 7: Add sprinkles and chill

Place sprinkles on top of the cookies. Chill for 30 minutes before baking.

baked black velvet cookies cooling on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 8: Bake and serve

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Then remove from the baking sheet and onto a cooling rack. Serve!

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Use different colors for the cheesecake filling and dough to match other holidays or special occasions.
  • Swap out the sprinkles for your favorite Halloween candy pieces.
  • Add in some chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the cookie dough for added texture.

If you are looking for more fun Halloween recipes you may also enjoy this Monster Bark.

🥄 Equipment

Here is a quick overview of the equipment that you will need to make this recipe:

  • baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • mixing bowls
  • electric mixer
  • wire rack
black velvet cookies laid out on a metal serving tray.

🥫 Storage

Store these cookies in an airtight container at in the fridge for up to three days.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that these cookies turn out perfectly for you every time that you make them.

  • Make sure to freeze the cream cheese balls before assembling the cookies so they don’t melt during baking.
  • Be careful not to over-mix the cookie dough as it can result in tough cookies.
  • If you’re not a fan of black food coloring, you can omit it from the recipe and still have delicious cheesecake-stuffed cookies.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Can I use different food coloring for the dough?

Yes, you can use any color that you’d like to match your theme or occasion.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, after baking and cooling, you can store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just thaw before serving.

Can I make thecookie dough ahead?

Yes! You can make the cookie dough up to 2 days in advance and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.

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🧾Recipe Card

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Black Velvet Cookies

These Black Velvet Cookies are spooky, soft, and stuffed full of a cheesecake center. The perfect Halloween cookies!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 3902kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Wire rack

Ingredients

Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Neon green food coloring

Cookie Dough

  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate baking cocoa
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 1 ⅔ cups flour
  • Halloween sprinkles

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer combine the cheesecake filling ingredients, adding enough food coloring to get your desired green shade.
  • On a tray lined with parchment paper spoon out 1-½ teaspoons of the cheesecake filling.
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  • For the cookie dough in a large bowl using an electric mixer beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar until fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa and black food coloring.
  • I use just a ½ a teaspoon of the food coloring and add more until I reach a deep black color.
  • Next slowly beat in the flour.
  • Chill for 1-2 hours.
  • Next assemble the cookies.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take a tablespoon of the cookie dough and roll it into a ball and flatten it out a bit.
  • Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place one of the frozen cream cheese balls in the center.
  • Roll and slightly flatten another 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and place it on top of the cream cheese ball.
  • Seal the edges of the cookie.
  • Place sprinkles on top of the cookies.
  • Chill for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the baking sheet and onto a cooling rack.
  • Serve!

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 3902kcal | Carbohydrates: 636g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 141g | Saturated Fat: 85g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 524mg | Sodium: 2295mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 449g | Vitamin A: 4621IU | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 15mg

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