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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
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

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.

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"This would make an excellent **celebration dessert**. Veryimpressive!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I have made Red Velvet Cheesecakes for years. To simplify process, I use the ready made Oreo Keebler pie crust-gives this cheesecake the perfect balance. Also, after adding the topping, I sprinkle chopped pecans over it. This is a very good holiday pie or for a special gathering. Ncann"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"I saw your recipe earlier this year and couldn't print it. When I finally got a new printer ...I couldn't find your recipe again. Where can I find your recipe? I typed in red velvet cheesecake  in TOH but your beautiful recipe didn't come up. It is such a pretty one. I'd love to make it for my daughter's birthday. Cheers, Pam


Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"With regard to those who had a soggy crust as a result, my thoughts are that the 'crushed' cookie should NOT have the cream filled center in it. I remove mine in all recipes before baking a crust. It is full of lard, which in my opinion, the result would be a soggy crust. Also; the amount of the food coloring is a bit much, so I cut back on mine and continued to add until I had the color I wanted. Hope this helps any who were discouraged and maybe you'll try it again. ;-) SSS"

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