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Cheesecake Cookies

The best part of a cheesecake, but in cookie form! These Cherry Cheesecake Cookies are made with simple pantry ingredients for the perfect treat!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake cookies, cherry cheesecake cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cooling Time:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 117kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar icing
  • 30 candied cherries


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Cream in the sugar for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the almond extract and eggs, mixing until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture until just mixed. Do not overmix.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop with cooking spray and then dollop heaping mounds onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Reapply cooking spray as needed.
  • Bake each batch for 11-2 minutes or until cookies are set. There will be no brown, but slightly cracked and springy when touched.
  • Remove and immediately make a well in each hot cookie using the back of a 1/4 teaspoon. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 more minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool fully.
  • When cooled, spoon a small amount of powdered sugar icing into each well. Top with a candied cherry while still tacky.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how they were in the comments or star ratings.


Alternately, you can dust cookies with powdered sugar and omit the powdered sugar icing. 


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg