January 25, 2010

Cheesecake Cookies

I found this recipe at My Kitchen Cafe. They are very yummy. However, the original recipe calls for cherries, and I am not a huge cherry fan, so I also made some with hot fudge and caramel, and some strawberry ones. The strawberry ones were by far the most popular (just FYI). Anyway, you really could be creative and do whatever with these.

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup graham cracker crumbs

i can cherry pie filling
Hot fudge and Caramel
Strawberry jam and fresh sliced strawberries

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Refrigerate dough until firm, at least 30 minutes (very important, needs to be chilled in order to roll into balls; otherwise it's too sticky).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. Place graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish ( I crushed the graham crackers in a food processor and I think they were too finely crushed. Then I tried putting the graham crackers in a ziplock bag and crushing them with a rolling pin and this worked really well.)

Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, then roll the balls in graham cracker crumbs. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using a tablespoon measure, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Place 3 cherries in the dimple; or put a Tab. or so of hot fudge, or a Tab. or so of strawberry jam. Bake until golden brown around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool for five minutes on the sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. After they are baked and cooled, top the hot fudge ones with a few lines of caramel, and the strawberry jam ones with a couple slices of fresh strawberries.

This recipe made about 4 dozen cookies.


  1. Cheesecake + cookies? My heart sings!

    What a great recipe - thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Wow, your cookies look awesome! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  3. What a fun change up on cheesecake! Joni

  4. I most definetly need to try these!!!! And strawberries and cheesecake just so-o belong together!!!

    I 'plan' on posting a recipe for no bake strawberry cheesecake in about two weeks. you'll have to stop by and see it!

    An idea for you when crushing graham crackers. I brake them up a whole lot with my hands while dumping them into a flat bottom bowl. Then I attack them with a pastry blender. Works wonderfully! And you have a lot more control over just how fine you do or do not make them!

    I stopped by via the blog 'Blessed With Grace'

  5. Yum! Yum! Yum! I can't wait to try the chocolate caramel one!

  6. There is another post for Tuesdays at the Table that are mini cheesecakes with chocolate chip cookies and that looked good and now I found your recipe. I think I am going to have to try both. My recipe also is sweet today, edible dirt and flowers. It is better than it sounds. I do love my sweets.

  7. I need to try these cookies, they look easy



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