Cherry Cheesecake Cookies


Cherry Cheesecake Cookies have all the flavors of traditional cheesecake – in cookie form. They’ll be a new holiday favorite for years to come!

This post is sponsored on behalf of Glad and Walmart. Thank you for supporting the brands that continue to make My Baking Addiction possible. All opinions are my own.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – cookie season! I wait all year for these days. The days spent baking up dozens and dozens of holiday favorites that have been in my family for generations. It’s even sweeter now, with Elle able to help Mama out.

She and I were at Walmart the other day, picking up some baking essentials, while I had a huuuuge craving for cherry cheesecake. But we were right next to a bunch of cookie-baking supplies, and it struck me. Cherry Cheesecake COOKIES.

I immediately grabbed everything I thought I might need (and then some) right there in Walmart, and we headed home to whip these delicious cookies right up. Well, after we unloaded the car with all the awesome Christmas decorations I picked up, as well as all our other groceries. I might have a Christmas decoration-purchasing problem, and Walmart is facilitating that with all their holiday favorites.

You guys know that my family adores cheesecake. We have it for birthdays instead of regular cake, and it’s always on our holiday tables. From salted caramel cheesecake to lemon cheesecake, my family has a cheesecake for just about every occasion. And I just topped them all with a cookie.

These sweet little bites are so easy, I can’t believe I haven’t made them before now. And the ingredients are pretty basic, so you might just have everything on hand already!

You’ll grab graham crackers, cream cheese (boy, we go through a ridiculous amount of cream cheese around here!), butter, sugar, and the usual cheesecake necessities like eggs and vanilla extract.

Basically all you’ve got to do is whip up the cookie dough and cheesecake filling separately. Then, mold the cookie dough into a bowl-like shape, with a little indentation. Spoon or pipe the cheesecake filling into each little indentation, and bake ’em up.

Once they’re baked, you’ll top each one with some cherry pie filling (because what’s cheesecake with out cherries?!), and there you have it. The perfect little treats for gifting to all your loved ones this holiday season.

If you’re not a fan of cherry pie filling, you can top these cheesecake cookies with just about anything. From homemade salted caramel sauce and microwave lemon curd to a drizzle of chocolate ganache. Any way you top ’em, they’re sure to become a holiday tradition for years to come!

Don’t forget to pick up those lovely Gladware containers while you’re at the store getting the rest of your ingredients – they’re the BEST thing for gifting cookies, because they keep all your baked goods fresh, and they’re economical enough you don’t have to worry about getting them back. But still re-usable, which to me, makes it a double gift. Cookies and food storage – that makes this food blogger happy. I can always use more food storage containers. Just be sure top your cookies with your favorite topping just before serving.

Let’s kick off the cookie-baking season with a bang, you guys. Start with these Cherry Cheesecake Cookies. You won’t regret it.


Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 1 sleeve)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Topping
  • cherry pie filling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Add the egg white and beat until well combined.
  4. Stir graham cracker mixture into butter mixture until just combined.
  5. In another medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and granulated sugar until combined. Add in egg yolk and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  6. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), scoop out the cookie dough and place on prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly, pressing your thumb or a round measuring teaspoon into the center of the ball to create a small bowl shape. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Spoon or pipe the cream cheese mixture into the indents of the cookies.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the filling is barely set and the cookies are lightly golden.
  9. Allow to cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets before removing them and cooling completely on a wire rack.
  10. Spoon cherry pie filling onto cooled cookies just before serving.
Adapted from The Food Network.

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