Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe
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Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

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Festive and oh-so-good, this cheesecake will become a fixture on your Christmas dessert menu. The red velvet filling is spiked with cocoa, topped with cream cheese frosting, and baked in a chocolate cookie crumb crust. —Karen Dively, Chapin, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 17 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 463 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, buttermilk, cocoa and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in food coloring. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  4. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Red Velvet Cheesecake in Country Woman December/January 2012, p42

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Delicious and so much flavor .... Perfect Valentine cake. My kids and husband simply loved it"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Loved this cheesecake! The crust should be baked first since mine was soggy. It also needs more cooking time. Next time I will try a 10 inch pan. The flavor and texture was very good, I used a dark cocoa powder in mine. I will make this again, but with a few tweeks."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Delicious!!! Cheesecake was easy and so so yummy. It did take about 75 minutes to cook fully. And my best recommendation is to bake your crust first. I baked mine for 10 minutes and let it cool completely before adding the cheesecake mixture. Chilled for 24 hours and then frosted. EVERYONE loved this cheesecake. Great consistency and lovely flavor. Not too rich. I can't wait to make it again."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"Very disappointed. I've made many different kinds of cheesecakes, but this one didn't turn out. I baked it for about 30-40 minutes longer than the recipe says, and I had to take it out because I needed to leave. I put it in the fridge and the next day I discovered that it wasn't cooked all the way through and I couldn't get it off the springform pan without it falling apart. I'm thinking that maybe the temperature should be 350, not 325? I ended up buying a frozen cheesecake since it was for a Christmas "event"."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"I never use the water bath when making cheesecake. Used chocolate graham crackers for the crust, didn't add as much food coloring after reading comments, added melted white chocolate to the frosting and toasted pecans on top. It turned out perfect, was done at 50 minutes. And was all gone by end of day. The cheesecake was very creamy and had a great cheesecake taste. Thank you, family favorite now!"

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