Christmas Confection Countdown: Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Hello! I love today’s treat, Cherry Cheesecake Cookies! They are so delicious and you have got to love the festive red color. These taste just like mini cherry cheesecakes but in cookie form.  They have cream cheese, graham cracker crumbs, and cherry pie filling. What more could you ask for? I would definitely try these soon!

CherryCheesecakeCookie nice pic

Ingredients:

3-½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

2 ½ sticks butter, softened

1 ½ cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 cans (20-ounce) cherry pie filling

Method:

  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. Place graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish.
  3. 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 2 or 3 cherries in the dimple. 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.

cherry cheesecake cookie group shot

Source: melskitchencafe

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