Monday, July 25, 2016

Like Tim Hortons Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

We are lucky that we have traveled to many countries...

During our travels, we have learnt and tasted many interesting food... like the famous Ginseng Chicken Soup also known as Samgyetang (삼계탕) at Tosokchon in Seoul, Japdog (Japanese Hot Dog) in Vancouver, many authentic Japanese ramen and sushi in Tokyo, In-and-out Burger in California, clam chowder at Boudin Bakery at San Francisco, many famous Singapore local food like Hainanese chicken rice, fried carrot cake, laksa, nasi lemak, popiah, mee siam and the list can go on and on and on... Gosh! I didn't realise that we are such a glutton! LOL!

Thinking of all these food that we have ate, I have to say that I can't complain... but at times, we do have our trip-out moments recalling some of these food that we had ate... like wishing that we can be on holidays on everyday!!! Are you the same?

Thankfully, these Tim Hortons like red velvet cookies with cream cheese filling that we ate before in Vancouver is not difficult to recreate... and eating these cookies is making us feeling as happy as we were in Vancover again...

copycat Tim Hortons red velvet cookies cream cheese filling
Copycat Tim Hortons Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling
Start by making the cream cheese filling and chill the filling while mixing the cookie dough.
To make the cookie dough, start by beating the butter, sugars, vanilla and then the eggs. 
Next beat in these which are the iconic red velvet ingredients.
... including the addition of baking soda which required to react with the acidic vinegar to yield a nice velvety texture.
Then, I did this to assemble the cookies.
Flatten the cookie dough slightly...
And top them with white chocolate chips.
I know that my son will love love love these cookies and so I baked a special super sized cookie for him...
Look, Sweetie! Mum had baked a psycho red velvet cookie for you!!! LOL!
copycat Tim Hortons red velvet cookies cream cheese filling
And we were all happy nom nom noming these...

Sweet. A little salty. Creamy. Milky. Soft. Slightly crispy (only at the rim when they are freshly baked) with gooey filling... So yummy!!! We reckon that these cookies are very similar to the Tim Hortons red velvet cookies with cream cheese filling that we had in Vancouver about one year ago. On the next day, the cookies become softer as the crispy rim disappear... Still yummy!

My son said that these cookies are PERFECT but I reckon the cream cheese filling is a little too sweeter for me. Yes that you can bake these cookies with a reduced amount of icing sugar added but you will need a longer time to chill the filling until it is firm enough for rolling.

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from Bakerita

Makes about 28 medium cookies

For the cream cheese filling
120g cream cheese, soften at room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) icing sugar*
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
*can reduce to even 50g if you wish but you will need a longer time to chill this mixture and the filling will be sloppy and also slightly difficult to handle.

For the cookie dough:
150g (10 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
3/4 cups (150g) caster sugar
1/4 cup (45g) brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1 egg at room temperature, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tbsp red food coloring or adequate red colouring gel
1 5/8 cups (240g) all-purpose / plain flour
2 tbsp (10g) cocoa powder and I prefer to use the Dutch processed one. 
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, to top

Preheat oven at 180°C / 350°F. Line baking trays with baking papers.

For the cream cheese filling:
In another bowl, mix cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla until well combined and smooth. Place mixture in the fridge and chill for about 20 mins until it is firm enough for rolling.

For the cookie dough:
Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. While beating the mixture, add egg gradually, bit by bit and making sure the egg is well incorporated into the mixture before adding more into the mixture. Then beat in vinegar and food coloring. Not to worry if the dough looks pink and not entirely red at this stage as it will become red after the cocoa powder is added.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Sift the flour mixture into the butter mixture and use a spatula to mix until all the ingredients are just combined

To assemble:
Divide and shape dough into walnut sized balls. Flatten each cookie dough ball slightly and place about 1 tsp cream cheese filling in the middle of the dough. Wrap and seal filling and dough dough into a ball. Repeat this wrapping step with the rest of the dough and fillings.  

Arrange the wrapped dough on the prepared baking trays with enough room in between for the cookies to spread. Flatten the cookie dough slightly and top the cookies with white chocolate chips

Bake for 12 mins  or the edges of the cookies are golden brown and firm to touch. Allow the cookies to cool slightly for about 10-15 mins on the baking tray and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Happy Baking
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  1. Boy, this looks delicious, Zoe. And that is a beautiful hamper to win. Good luck to those joining. :)

  2. Hi ,

    We love chocolate a lot and i would definitely love to bake Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling for my whole family to enjoy.

    Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  3. What a great prize thanks for the chance love baking with the kids they especially like baking cupcakes chocolate ones

  4. Kylie Harris, Thankyou for all your wonderful recipes, my Teenage daughter loves baking and we find a lot of delicious recipes that you share

  5. Definitely an eye-candy, dear! Have a great week! xoxo

  6. Zoe, these cookies are so decadent! I suppose they can't keep for long due the cream cheese. But they won't lost that long, right? hah..hah..

  7. Love Nestle products! These cookies look great :)

    Charl L.

  8. hi I think ill cook these with my grand son

  9. These look so yummy. I'd love to win this hamper

  10. Hi, thanks for the delicious chance I could have so much fun in the kitchen with the kids with these delicious recipes

  11. Hi Zoe,
    I have not baked cookies with cream cheese filling. Looks yummy and I'm sure perfect pairing with a cup of tea :)

  12. Hi Zoe,
    The cookies look delicious. I certainly will give it a try.
    Love to win the chocolate hamper.

  13. Zoe, these are perfect for a snack!
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. ohh that's like a sweet surprise hidden in the cookie...absolutely love it


  15. The Tim Horton reference caught my attention. I used to live in the US and traveled to Western NY all the time had many, many coffees and sweets from there! (Lucy S)

  16. Cream cheese-filled red velvet cookies ?! Heck , yes :D The white chocolate addition is a plus ! Will just have to buy a red food coloring .....

  17. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this great competitions...
    and a big thanks for the above recipe....
    I will be making them on the weekend... yummo :D

  18. It'd be wonderful to be on vacation all the time. But I can make these cookies at least once a week, and that would be almost the same thing. Wouldn't it? :-) These look terrific -- thanks.

  19. What a great collection of businesses coming together for this generous competition!! I love involving my Children with meal preparation- as I firmly believe time with your children should always be considered an "Invitation", not an "Interruption".
    - Michelle McKay :-)

  20. Omg awesome my daughter and I love baking

  21. hello ...

    Thanks for the chance.