Cheesecake Cookies

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5 from 8 votes
Prep: 18 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 31 minutes

Cheesecake Cookies are tender, light cookies that melt in your mouth. They have a light almond flavor and are truly an amazing cookie for any occasion.

A black tray with cream cheese cookies.

Cheesecake Cookies are tender and creamy. Like a crispy cheese cake bite that will delight your senses. These Cream Cheese Cookies are one of everyones favorites during the holidays. A true crowd pleaser because it taste like a little decadent cheesecake bite. They truly differ from other hard cookies you may experience.

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What We Love About This Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

They are extremely versatile – you can add in any of your favorite mix-ins (chocolate chips, craisins, freeze dried strawberries, orange zest, etc) or decorate or shape them. Ever what cream cheese actually is? I did. You can learn about it here.

  • Easy Ingredients: All staple ingredients found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: They are a true family favorite because they are a tender and chewy cookie.
  • Adaptable: Can make these cream cheese cookies so many different ways.
  • Makes Great Gifts: Cheese Cake Cookies are a perfect addition to any cookie tin or platter.
Cheesecake Cookies on a baking tray.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cream Cheese: Low fat, fat free or even Greek yogurt cream cheese can be great in this recipe.
  • Butter: Use butter, not margarine.  The higher fat content helps cookies maintain the proper texture and consistency.
  • Almond Extract: You can use vanilla extract or even cream cheese extract. For even more flavor.
Cookie ingredients, flour, sugar, egg, vanilla etc.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Sugar Substitute – change the calories by working with a sugar free version of your favorite sweeteners. No liquid, make sure it is a one to one substitute.
  • Cookie Pieces – Try adding your favorite cookie crumbled up to make Oreo cheesecake cookies.

How to Make Cheese Cake Cookies

These are the basic steps for making Cheesecake Cookies Recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Creaming the butter and sugar and making the cookie batter.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat your oven and line your baking trays with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

STEP 2: CREAM

Then in a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer beat at medium speed the softened butter and cream cheese with granulated sugar. Add egg and almond extract. Combine until cream cheese mixture is fluffy and well mixed.

STEP 3: DRY INGREDIENTS

Next, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to the cream cheese mixture until a cookie dough has formed.

Making the doughballs and placing on baking sheets.

STEP 4: Dough Balls

Roll the cookie dough into 1 ½ inch spheres. Place gently on a cookie sheet (you may have to bake it on 2 pans), leaving at least 1 ½ inches apart from each other.

STEP 5: BAKE

Lastly, bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Prep and Storage Tips for these Cheese Cake Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This cookie dough can be made in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to four days. Allowing the fats to cool before making makes a less crumbly cookie that holds it’s shape better.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store cookies in an airtight container with parchment between layers. They should be good at room temperature. However, will lose moisture over time.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze cookies in a freezer bag or airtight container in a single layer with parchment in between. They will stay good for up to three months. You can also place your cookie dough balls in the freezer and cook them as you like. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE LIKE A CRUMBL COOKIE?

You have seen these cookies all over Instagram and Facebook, one of the secrets to having a high fluffy cookie is adding a little cornstarch like they do with their shortbread. For this recipe try a half tablespoon.

CAN I USE BROWN SUGAR IN THIS RECIPE?

If you like a richer deeper flavor than you can replace half of the white sugar with brown sugar.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, especially if you would like to do some of the variations that are mentioned for this Cheesecake Cookies recipe.

HOW TO MAKE THESE COOKIES PERFECT.

Temperature Check: Make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature. Especially the butter and eggs.
Baking: Do not over bake. These cookies should just be lightly brown.

Milk and Cheesecake Cookies.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Chips: Incorporate White Chocolate Chips for cream cheese chocolate chip cookies.
  • Nuts: Maybe add some chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter.
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies: Try a dollop of strawberry or raspberry jam for strawberry cheesecake cookies or raspberry cheesecake cookies.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Make more like cheesecake with a crust by making a graham cracker cookie.
  • Frost: Cream Cheese Frosting adds even more creamy goodness to the cookies. Finish with festive sprinkles.

What to Serve with Cheesecake Cookies

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A black tray with cream cheese cookies.
5 from 8 votes

Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep: 18 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 31 minutes
Cheesecake Cookies are tender, light cookies that melt in your mouth. They have a light almond flavor and are truly as good as you think they would be.
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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons stick butter, softened (about ½ cup)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, whisked at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for garnishing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together softened butter and cream cheese with granulated sugar.
  • Add egg and almond extract. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, add the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix until a cookie dough forms.
  • Roll the cookie dough into 1 ½ inch spheres. Place gently on a cookie sheet (you may have to bake it on 2 pans), leaving at least 1 ½ inches apart from each other.
  • Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Allow to cool then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips

 
  • Chips: Incorporate White Chocolate Chips for cream cheese chocolate chip cookies.
  • Nuts: Maybe add some chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter.
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies: Try a dollop of strawberry or raspberry jam for strawberry cheesecake cookies or raspberry cheesecake cookies.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Make more like cheesecake with a crust by making a graham cracker cookie.
  • Frost: Cream Cheese Frosting adds even more creamy goodness to the cookies. Finish with festive sprinkles.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookie, cookies, cream cheese

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