Cherry Cheesecake Cookies - C.C. Recipe

Julie Madawi

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@Julie_Madawi

This is a Cook's Country recipe that appeared in their January 2010 magazine. I made these for a Teen Banquet and they were quite tasty. Think of it as a cherry cheesecake "bite" instead of a whole slice. My sons were very happy we had made so much food that there were plenty leftovers. Please check out KImi Gaine's similar recipe, here.

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Serves:

4 1/2 Dozen

Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Ingredients

3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
16 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 stick
butter, softened
1 1/2 c
sugar
2 large
eggs
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
graham crackers (see note)
3 can(s)
cherry pie filling (20-ounce each)

NOTE: TO MAKE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS, PROCESS 8 WHOLE GRAHAM CRACKERS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR UNTIL FINELY GROUND.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
MAKE DOUGH. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, 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, add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Refirgerate dough until firm, at least 30 minutes.
2
HEAT OVEN. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place graham cracker crumbs in shallow dish.
3
ASSEMBLE COOKIES. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (I used a cookie scoop to help with the portions), then roll in crumbs. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using a round tablespoon measure, make indentation in center of each ball. Dump pie filling into a large bowl. Using a large spoon, scoop out three cherries (keep the glaze to a minimum) and place them in each dimple.
4
Bake until golden around edges 12 to 14 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. (If you prefer, you can cook one sheet of cookies at a time). Cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. (Cookies can be stored in airtight container for 2 days).
5
I would save the leftover cherries glaze for an ice cream topping, or maybe the topping for a chocolate cake!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Cookies, Other Desserts
Hashtag: #cherry