Cheesecake Cookies


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These cheesecake cookies have the best of both worlds. They feature the most delicious crispy and chewy chocolate cookies with a rich cream cheese filling. 

cheesecake cookies.

This mouthwatering combination of cheesecake and cookies is the ultimate best sweet treat for anyone who loves cookies or cheesecake. Just like our cream cheese cookies, the addition of this magical spread completely transforms it. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easier than cheesecake. Making chocolate cookie dough and cream cheese frosting is so much easier than baking a whole cheesecake. 
  • Perfect texture. The crumbly chocolate cookies and the smooth cream cheese filling create the most perfect contrast of textures. 
  • Only 8 ingredients. These cookies sound like a complex dessert. In reality, you only need eight simple ingredients to make them. 

Ingredients needed

Cream cheese, chocolate chips, and a couple of baking staples are all you need to make these cheesecake cookies. Here’s the full list of ingredients. 

  • Flour. I use all-purpose flour for this recipe. 
  • Butter. Unsalted and softened butter. 
  • Sugar. I use both white and brown sugar for this recipe. Using only white or only brown sugar will work too. 
  • Baking soda. To help the cookie dough rise. 
  • Cream cheese. Use softened cream cheese for easy mixing. 
  • Chocolate chips. Use milk or dark chocolate chips. 
  • Vanilla extract. To flavor the cookies. 
  • Salt. To balance all flavors. 

For the filling:

  • Cream cheese. Use softened cream cheese for a perfectly smooth filling. 
  • Powdered sugar. I use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar as it melts easily and produces smoother results. 

How to make cheesecake cookies

These cookies only sound intimidating. In reality, they are quite easy to make. Follow these steps to make the best cookies you’ll want over and over again! 

Step 1 – Prepare the cream cheese frosting

Whisk together the cream cheese and the powdered sugar until fully combined. Use a teaspoon to freeze small portions of the cream cheese frosting. Place the frosting on a plate lined with food wrap and freeze for an hour. You should get 12 cream cheese balls when using a teaspoon. 

Step 2 – Make the cookie dough

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the softened butter, sugars, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Cream until smooth and glossy. Add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Cover the bowl with food wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. 

Step 3 – Bake the cheesecake cookies

Preheat the oven to 185C/375F degrees. Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and roll out 12 even-sized balls. Make an indent in the center of each ball. 

Remove the frozen cream cheese balls from the freezer and place one in each cookie. Shape the cookie dough around the cream cheese filling to cover it up. 

Place the cookies in the pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm around the edges. 

Let the cookies cool completely before you eat them. 

cheesecake cookies recipe.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • If you don’t have powdered sugar, use a food processor to blend granulated sugar into fine powder. This extra step is worth taking if you want to achieve a smooth consistency for the cream cheese filling. 
  • Don’t forget to chill the dough before shaping the cookies. Refrigerating the dough solidifies the fats in it and prevents the cookies from spreading too much in the oven.  
  • While the recipe specifies the baking time, always keep an eye on the cookies to prevent them from darkening or burning. 
  • Drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate or cream cheese frosting to make them look more festive.

Flavor variations

The beauty of these cookies is that you can jazz them up with a few little tweaks. Here are some suggestions: 

  • Make strawberry cheesecake cookies. Use chopped fresh strawberries instead of chocolate chips for a pop of color and fruity flavor. 
  • Use white chocolate chips. White chocolate chips are certainly not a classic but they taste just as good as cookies made with dark chocolate.
  • Experiment with the cream cheese frosting. You can add different flavors to the cream cheese frosting, including peanut butter, cocoa powder, pureed fruits, etc. 
  • No bake cheesecake cookies. Stuff the filling into your favorite no bake cookie for a fun twist.

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftover cookies in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge. 

To freeze: You can make an extra batch of cookie dough and freeze it for up to 3 months. 

cheesecake cookie.

Frequently asked questions 

Are these cookies gluten-free?

These cookies are not gluten-free as they are made with all-purpose flour.  To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free cup-for-cup flour. Also, make sure the cream cheese you are using is labeled gluten-free.

Can I use dairy free cream cheese?

Yes, these cookies work with dairy free cream cheese. Simply choose cream cheese that comes from a block, not a spread.

cheesecake cookie recipe.

Cheesecake Cookies

5 from 6 votes
These cheesecake cookies have the best of both worlds. They feature the most delicious crispy and chewy chocolate cookies with a rich cream cheese filling.
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 13 minutes


Cheesecake filling


  • Prepare the cheesecake filling by whisking together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined.
  • Place 12 teaspoons of the mixture onto a small lined plate and freeze for an hour.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In a separate bowl, add the softened butter, sugars, cream cheese, and vanilla extract, and cream together until smooth and glossy. Gently add in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips at the end.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 185C/375F.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll out 12 balls of cookie dough. Make an indent into the center of each one. Remove the frozen cream portions from the freezer and place one in each cookie and shape the cookie dough around it to cover it up.
  • Place the cheesecake-filled balls of cookie dough onto a lined pan and gently press down on each one. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until firm around the edges.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking tray completely before enjoying them.  


TO STORE: Place leftover cookies in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.
TO FREEZE: You can make an extra batch of cookie dough and freeze it for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSodium: 193mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 292IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 31g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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    1. mmmm yes, what megan said.cream cheese baby! P.S i want to know about your trifle story. I say you make a trifle (no bake) bar next. I bet Megan would agree!

  1. Dang Mr Creative! Seriously, you come up with the best ideas. Who would’ve ever thought to turn muffins into cookies like this? I gotta get me some of those!

  2. Cookies and healthy in the same sentence…brilliant! Definitely trying these.

  3. Cottage cheese in a cookie? That sounds like a good way to get some extra protein to me!

  4. Or trying hard to open that bottle of wine, you know it’s going to be soooo good and you so want a glass. But the cork breaks, a fourth on the bottle opener and sadly only one fourth left in the bottle neck. too tiny to use the bottle opener!

  5. It’s super hot in the office and I am melting! A barely thawed cream cheese cookie sounds so so good right now! Can you please come over and bring me some cookies?
    Btw impatience is my middle name! I always burn my mouth when I eat pizza! Always!

  6. I’m pretty impatient with all things but food falls right in there! This is a genius way to use GF muffin tops 🙂

  7. Your no bake creations are always so clever! I am super impatient too. Constantly burning my mouth on things. I should really stop waiting until I’m hangry to eat!

  8. Man, you are one clever cookie, Arman. Get it? Clever cookie…and you made cookies. Haha. Seriously though, I love cheesecake, and I love cookies. So this combines the best of both worlds. I’ll need to grab some Udi’s muffin tops ASAP!

  9. Don’t you love it when awesome things happen by accident? I’m super impatient when it comes to food. If dinner will take longer than 30 minutes, I’m probably not making it. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s frozen meals!

  10. These look great! I am super impatient when it comes to food, unless if it’s me doing the cooking and even then!

  11. Oh I love the idea of using cottage cheese because… #protein. Don’t worry, I’m still me and not going paleo/cross-fit, always fighting the good fight against hunger.

    1. I love cottage cheese- Been eating it everyday here, you guys have the best full fat cottage cheese!

  12. would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin? well yes, and i would also like to assign someone to cream cheese it. but UDIS why must you be so egg filled!? i think i might have to go make your no-bake blueberry muffin energy bites and cream cheese them because you’re convincing me that living without these is simply not an option..

    and speaking of impatient.. eating avocado rice cakes and wiping my hands on post-it notes at work right now.. (paper towels are too far) and have you ever burnt your face on reheated maple syrup? #skingraft