Cherry Cheesecake Cookies Recipe (2024)

These Cherry Cheesecake Cookies are like nothing I have ever had before. My two favorite desserts come together and form a masterpiece. They are inexpensive, delicious, and so easy to make. If you need a quick cookie recipe, unlike any other cookies you've ever had before, try these.

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Cherry cheesecake cookies are some of the best cheesecake cookies I have ever had. They have the wonderful cheesecake flavor but the consistency of a cookie.

I always love a good cheesecake dessert, and this one is high on my list. It is perfect to bring to your cookie exchanges. I can almost guarantee you will be the only one with these amazing cookies.

Everyone loves a good cheesecake recipe, and this is a great recipe that is a different spin on cheesecake. If you want more great cheesecake recipes, try our Brownie Caramel Cheesecake, Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe, and our 5-Ingredient Cake Batter Cheesecake.

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Ingredients Needed For Our Cherry Cheesecake Cookies:

  • Butter, softened
  • Cream cheese, room temperature
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • Flour
  • Graham cracker
  • Cherry pie filling
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Related recipe: love cherry desserts? You need to try our Cherry Bing Bars, too!

How To Make Our Cherry Cheesecake Cookies:

Grab your medium bowl and add in the softened butter, cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt, and use a hand mixer to cream everything together.

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Then, gradually mix in the powdered sugar and flour to make the stiff cookie dough.

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Once that is done, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for 2 hour.

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After 2 hours remove the dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Take the dough and shape it into small one inch balls.

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Next, whip the egg white until it is foamy.

Now, take the balls and dip it in the egg white and then roll it in the graham cracker crumbs.

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Once that is done, place each ball on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart and then use your thumb to make a depression in the middle of each cookie.

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After all of the balls have been prepped, bake them in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms begin to turn brown on the bottom.

Pull out the cookies and remove them from the cookie sheet and let them cool.

Then, fill in the depression with a teaspoon of pie filling or however much will fit!

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Once they have cooled, store them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

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Serves: 30

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies Recipe

Two favorite desserts rolled into one – these contest winning cherry cheesecake cookies are hard to beat.

Prep Time 2 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 2 hours hrs 30 minutes mins



  • ½ cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 20 ounces cherry pie filling


  • In a medium bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and salt until fluffy.

  • Gradually mix in powdered sugar and flour to make stiff dough.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for about 2 hours.

  • Remove from fridge and preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  • Shape dough into small one inch balls.

  • Beat egg white until foamy.

  • Dip balls in egg white then roll in graham cracker crumbs. Arrange cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet and make a depression in the middle of each cookie with your thumb.

  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown on the bottoms.

  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and let cool.

  • Fill depression with a teaspoon of pie filling (or as much as you can fit on each cookie).


You can substitute other flavors of pie filling if you don’t like cherry. Blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry would all be delicious options.


Calories: 105 kcal · Carbohydrates: 15 g · Protein: 1 g · Fat: 5 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Cholesterol: 17 mg · Sodium: 80 mg · Potassium: 40 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 5 g · Vitamin A: 179 IU · Vitamin C: 3 mg · Calcium: 10 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • Mixing Bowl

  • Plastic Wrap

  • Baking Sheet

  • Hand mixer

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Nantucket Daffodil says:

    Not big on Truvia, but if it works for you, that's wonderful! It's all about making what works for you and your family. Thanks to all of you girls for supplying me with endless recipes!

  2. Abby says:

    Wow these were so good!:) I went ahead and used the real cream cheese and sugar, but it is nice to know you can make them diabetic friendly.

  3. lin says:

    How do you store these?

  4. Cyd says:

    In the refrigerator in an airtight container or covered in plastic.

  5. Jessica says:

    May be a silly question, but how solid are they? Are they easy to pick up, or are a fork/spoon usually required? Just asking, b/c I have to take cookies in to the office, and these look divine!

  6. Cyd says:

    You can totally just pick them up with your fingers. No fork necessary! :)

  7. Kay Butler says:

    I want to use these for my cookie exchange, can they be frozen?

  8. Cyd says:

    We eat them too quickly to ever make it to the freezer. They should freeze just fine.

  9. Christine says:

    Can you substitute strawberry filling

  10. Cyd says:

    You can substitute any filling in these cookies.

  11. becky says:

    Sorry, 1 package of cream cheese = 3 oz?

  12. Amber Kelly says:

    Is it really only a 3 oz package of cream cheese and not the 8 ounce package??

  13. Cyd says:

    You only need 3 ounces, so if your store doesn't sell the small cream cheese packages, you will have to use 3 ounces of the 8 ounce package. You'll have enough cream cheese for a second batch!! :)

  14. Cyd says:

    Cream cheese comes in two sizes, 3 ounces and 8 ounces. If your store does not carry the 3 ounce package, you will just have to purchase the larger one and use a little less than half of the package.

  15. becky says:

    Thx so much for your reply. I'll definitely try it.

  16. lorena gonzalez says:

    These look soo good ,how many cookies do you get out of this dough

  17. Cyd says:

    Makes about 30 cookies.

  18. Dian Burrell says:

    love this recipe!! My middle name should be " cheesecake". I always eat more than my share, so love the idea of the smaller temptation ( cookies)". Thanks so much for this wonderful idea. I come!!!

  19. Kari says:

    These were a hit. I took them to my boyfriend's work and now I'm popular. Anyway, the only "head's up" I have on these cookies is regarding placing them on the cookie sheet. When I made the thumb impression in the cookies, it really pressed them onto the cookie sheet and then the cookies stuck really well after baking. I recommend lightly greasing the cookie sheet or using wax paper. Also, 3 ounces is correct. I was a little concerned about using only three ounces. I was afraid the cheese flavor wouldn't be strong. But it was perfect!!!

  20. marie says:

    I am confused when people put recipes they never say what kind of butter, salted or unsalted? N what other topping would b good to put in middle?

  21. Cyd says:

    As sisters we all use whatever we prefer. Half of us like salted and the other half use unsalted. So whatever your preference. If we feel strongly about one or the other it will definitely be written in the ingredients. In these cookies you could add other pie fillings if your family isn't big cherry fans.

  22. Judy says:

    Can you leave the dough in fridge over night and make them the next day?

  23. Megz says:

    You shouldn't have a problem with that. I just have the last batch in the over for me. I used a cookie scoop to make balls, but apparently my scoop is a lot bigger then an inch lol. I doubled the recipe and only got 32 cookies. But 32 delious amazing fruit covered cookies!

  24. Cyd says:

    That should work just fine to refrigerate overnight in an airtight container.

  25. Danielle says:

    Do these have to be refrigerated after cooked or can they be kept out?

  26. Linette Miller says:

    I just realized that I forgot a lemon at the store, for the zest....will it make a difference, if I don't use it?

  27. Patricia McCoy says:

    I have made these type of cookies for years, and they are a family/friend favorite. The recipe won a cookie contest a few years back with Cooks Country, and the recipe makes almost 5 dozen cookies. The cookie dough freezes well. So I keep a bag of frozen cookies (rolled and indented), and a container of crushed graham crackers, and cherry pie filling on hand at all times. This enables me to make cookies for unexpected guest, or give as a gift. The only problem I have with the finished cookie is that they do NOT transport or store well. If I stack them up, the cherries stick to the bottoms of the top layer of cookies. But to tell the truth the finished cookies don?t last long enough to get stacked ;-} If you are interested in my recipe, I would be happy to share.

  28. Angela says:

    Please send it to me;)

  29. Sabrina B says:

    that time of year for these types of cookies, love the idea of cheescake cookie combo, thank you for posting this!

  30. Dar Karpinsky says:

    I made these cookies for Christmas last year, they were such a hit that I have been asked to make them again this year, I think my husband would like them all year round, there are delicious!

  31. Jo T says:

    This recipe is great and the cookies are delicious. Thanks for sharing! However, I left out the lemon zest (I do not have lemon at the time) and reduced the powdered sugar to 3/4 cup instead of the 1 cup. The dough becomes extremely sticky really fast even after about 2 hours of chilling it in the fridge. I ended up rolling it into small balls after covering it with graham cracker crumbs first. Is it be ok to reduce the powdered sugar and could it be why the dough becomes extra sticky?

  32. Marji says:

    Can I get the recipe?

  33. Carolynn Scoffield says:

    Yes, we can certainly cut ten 8oz bars to the 3oz mark or weigh it out for accuracy. However, I have not seen the 3oz packages in the stores in over 30 years!Are you sure they are still sold anywhere in that size?

  34. Momma Cyd says:

    I haven't seen 3 ounce bars in a long time at our store.

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