Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

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These delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies are sweet and decadent. The perfect romantic dessert to share with your special someone for Valentine’s Day. But honestly, we love these strawberry cookies anytime of the year!

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Where Did Cheesecake Come From?

While the first cheesecakes were invented in ancient Greece, the cheesecake that most Americans are familiar with did not arrive until after the late 19th century. That’s because modern American cheesecake is typically made with cream cheese, which was invented by William Lawrence in 1872, who had accidentally produced it while trying to recreate Neufchâtel cheese. Lawrence created what would become the Philadelphia Cheese Company, which is now especially famous for its cream cheese products.

Why Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies Recipe is a Keeper

These tangy cheesecake stuffed cookies are soft with a cheesecake center. These cookies are delicious. They are bursting with cheesecake flavor. Here are a few reasons why you’ll want to try this recipe:

  • Easy Ingredients: While these soft cookies with a sweet strawberry flavor use quite a few ingredients, fortunately, they can probably all be found in your kitchen or local grocery store.
  • Family Friendly: Your entire family will love making (and eating!) these cookies with white chocolate chips and freeze dried strawberries.
  • Less than 1 Hour: These strawberry cookies take less than an hour to make, and are easy to store. Just refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

If you’re looking for more cheesecake recipes, try these: Cherry Cheesecake Bites, Banana Pudding Cheesecake, and Cranberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls.

How Can I Soften Cream Cheese Quickly?

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Short on time? Soften the cream cheese by cutting into blocks, microwaving for 15 seconds, or soaking the package in hot water for 20 minutes.

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Ingredient Notes for Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

The ingredients for a are laid out on a white table. Including sugar, flour, dried strawberries and eggs.
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries: Crush these into powder to make strawberry flavored cookie dough.
  • Cream Cheese: Use softened cream cheese at room temperature. You can also use strawberry flavored cream cheese.
  • Baking Soda: Make sure to use baking soda to make these cookies instead of baking powder. This will make the cookies light and fluffy.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Love this Recipe

These strawberry cookies are the perfect recipe for variations. We love this recipe because you can make standard sized, regular cookies or, by adding more batter when assembling the cookies, you can make big cookies (like Crumbl sized!).

  • Cake Mix: You can also make these cookies from a strawberry cake mix instead of from scratch.
  • Nuts: Top the strawberry cheesecake cookies with chopped pecans for a crunchy texture.
  • Fresh Strawberry Flavor: If it’s strawberry season, try making these cookies with pureed fresh strawberries and white chocolate. You can also use frozen strawberries instead of freeze dried strawberries.
  • Another Fruit: You can easily make these blueberry cookies by swapping in blueberry flavoring and freeze dried blueberries.

Make these cookies in two parts – the cookie dough and the cheesecake filling. While this strawberry cheesecake cookie recipe is easy to make, it has quite a few steps, but it’ll certainly be worth it to make this recipe!

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These are the basic steps for making the strawberry cheesecake cookie. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Photos showing the ingredients for a strawberry cake.

Step 1: Line a Small Baking Sheet and Add the Dry Ingredients

Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, add the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Use a hand mixer to blend the ingredients together until creamy. Then, add the vanilla, strawberry extract and eggs. Whip the mixture together until smooth.

Pictures showing the ingredients for strawberry cheesecake cookies.

Gradually add the dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to fold all the ingredients together and distribute them evenly until a thick batter is formed.

Step 3: Cream Cheese Mixture

Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge. While the dough chills, make the cheesecake filling. In a separate smaller bowl, mix cream cheese until creamy. Then, add the powdered sugar, blending again until smooth. Afterwards, place a large teaspoon of the cream cheese filling on a parchment covered plate or small baking sheet. Repeat and fill the parchment paper until all the cream cheese filling is gone.

Scooping out the cookies on a baking sheet.

Step 4: Chill and Shape

Place the lined baking sheet in the freezer and let the cookie dough and filling chill for 30 minutes. This will give you large cookies while allowing you to control the spread. Remove both from the freezer and fridge and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop a 2 inch round ball of strawberry cookie dough, and flatten it in your hand. Place a cold ball of cheesecake filling in the center of the cookie dough ball.

Step 5: Bake

Wrap the cookie dough around the cream cheese and roll into a ball, and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls and keep each about 2 inches apart when placing on the cookie sheet. Once they’re ready to bake, place in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the center has puffed and the edges of the cookies have slightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 6: Drizzle White Chocolate

Let the cookies cool and heat the white chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Drizzle the white chocolate diagonally over half of each strawberry cheesecake cookie and place the frozen dried strawberry pieces on top of the cookies. Let the chocolate harden by setting on a rack to cool completely for about 30 minutes, or enjoy immediately while the white chocolate is still melted.

Strawberry cheesecake cookies with frosting on a baking sheet.

It depends on how long your cookies are baked in the oven. The longer they’re baked, the harder they will be.

Yes; just try using different flavored extracts, such as orange extract instead of strawberry. You can also try flavoring them with citrus extract.

Yes; just increase or decrease the ingredients proportionally according to the recipe.

Two strawberry cheesecake cookies with icing on a piece of paper.

Expert Tips for Making Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

  • Stir in the White Chocolate Chips: In addition to the white chocolate drizzle, add some white chocolate chips. Fold in the white chocolate into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Top the cookies with graham cracker crumbs to add the flavor of a cheesecake crust.
  • Chill Dough: Chill the cookie dough to keep the strawberry cheesecake cookies from spreading too much.
  • Storage: Baked cookies taste best when stored in an airtight container. This will ensure your cookies are super soft.

What to Serve with Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies are sweet and decadent, perfect to share with your special someone for Valentine’s Day.
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Ingredients

Strawberry Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • ¾ cup White Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ cup Freeze Dried Strawberries, crushed to powder
  • ½ cup Freeze Dried Strawberries, cut into pieces

Cheesecake Filling

  • ¾ cup Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Use a hand mixer to blend the ingredients together until creamy.
  • Add the vanilla, strawberry extract, and eggs. Whip the mixture together until smooth.
  • Pour in the flour, baking soda, salt and crushed dried strawberries. Use a rubber spatula to fold all the ingredients together and distribute them evenly until a thick batter is formed.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge. While the dough chills, make the cheesecake filling.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, blend the cream cheese until creamy. Then add the powdered sugar, blending again until smooth.
  • Place a large teaspoonful of the cream cheese filling on a parchment covered plate or small baking sheet. Repeat and fill the parchment paper until all the cream cheese filling is gone.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let them harden, along with the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  • Remove both from the freezer and fridge. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use a scooper to scoop a 2 inch round ball of strawberry cookie dough. Flatten in your hand and place a cold ball of cream cheese filling in the center.
  • Wrap the cookie dough around the cream cheese and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet from earlier.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough balls and keep each about 2 inches apart when placing on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the center has puffed and the edges of the cookies have slightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • While the cookies cool, heat the white chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.
  • Drizzle the white chocolate diagonally over half of each strawberry cheesecake cookie and place the frozen dried strawberry pieces on top of the cookies.
  • Let the chocolate set and harden completely for about 30 minutes or enjoy immediately while the white chocolate is still melted.

Expert Tips

  • White Chocolate Chips: In addition to the white chocolate drizzle, add some white chocolate chips inside the strawberry cream cheese cookies.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Top the cookies with graham cracker crumbs to add the flavor of a cheesecake crust.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 151mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg
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