Cookies: Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Monday, November 11, 2013
 Each year we do a cookie exchange at work, which is really more a recipe exchange.  There quite a few of us that participate, so to keep baking to the minimum, and calories (sort of) under control....we bake two cookies per participant and attach a recipe.  This is a fun way to try out a ton of recipes all at once....rather than baking up a batch of what may or may not be a cookie worthy of giving away.  I found this recipe at heatovento350 and decided it would be a fun addition.  The recipe yields 3 dozen, and I actually got even more out of this by rolling them a little smaller.  I also just added on cherry to each center, you could make it a little larger and add three if you wanted, or really any pie filling-blueberry etc that would go well with a cheesecake-ish tasting cookie. 
Cheesecake Cookie Ingredients: 
3 1/2 c. flour, 2 t. baking powder, 2 t. salt, 2 (8oz) pkg of cream cheese (softened), 2 1/2 sticks butter (softened), 1 1/2 c. sugar, 2 eggs, 2 t. vanilla, 1 c. graham cracker crumbs, 2 cans (20 oz) cherry pie filling. 
Cheesecake Cookie Instructions: 
1.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.  In a second bowl use a beater and beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mix.  Refrigerate dough until firm (about 30 minutes). 
2.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners.  Place gram cracker crumbs in a bowl. 
 3.  Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.  Roll each ball in the crumbs.  Place on baking sheets and use a tablespoon to make indention in the middle. 
 Add a cherry (up to 3 depending on the size of your cookies). 
 4.  Baking until golden brown (12-14 minutes).  Transfer to wire rack to cool. 

1 comment

Unknown said...

These look so perfect and fluffy! Love it! they are almost always perfect. Your pics made them look extra yummy :)
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