These delicious Cherry Cheesecake Cookies are a simple cookie twist on a classic Christmas dessert.
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Last year I was invited to my first ever Christmas cookie exchange party. Apparently I’m either way out of the loop or super unpopular (or both) but I didn’t even know such a glorious social function even existed!
Have you done one? I LOVED it and had so much fun seeing the gorgeous and delicious cookies that everybody brought to exchange with each other. And since I’m campaigning with all my friends to get invited to another Christmas cookie exchange this year, I started thinking early about just what cookie I could bring that would both look super Christmasy without taxing my severely limited decorating skills. Plus, it had to taste scrumptious! And it had to be something my girls (ages 5 & almost 3) could help me with because baking together is one of my favorite Christmas traditions that I remember with my mom and sisters. These Cherry Cheesecake Cookies check all the boxes for me!
Growing up, my favorite dessert that I looked forward to each Christmas were mini cherry cheesecake tarts. I loved helping by separating out cupcake liners for the pan or spooning cherry pie filling onto each little cheesecake and seeing the beautiful red and white colors that are just so perfectly Christmasy. But taking a cheesecake tart to a Christmas cookie exchange doesn’t fit the bill, so I just decided to do a cookie version!
The dough is super soft thanks to the cream cheese, and I love the tangy, sweet flavor of it. My girls love helping roll the dough into balls and then rolling them around in crushed graham cracker crumbs. They even get into crushing the graham crackers for me using their little toy rolling pins and hammering the poor cracker sheets in zip-tight bags to create the crumbs. They can also use a spoon or their thumb to create the impression for the cherries in the center of each cookie before baking, and it’s always fun spooning the cherries into cookie center afterwards.
I hope that these holiday cookies are as big of a hit in your house as they are in ours!
Amy Nash blogs over at House of Nash Eats. You’ll love her family friends recipes, gorgeous photos, and her pie recipes. While you’re at it, check out her White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies…drool worthy!!!
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