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Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Cherry cheesecake cookies make the best summer dessert! You’ll love these soft-batch graham cookies topped with cream cheese frosting and cherry sauce.


Cherry Sauce

  • 2 cups (226 g) fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 Tbsp (25 g) sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp (4 g) pure almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 cups (280 g) flour
  • 1 tsp (3 g) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp (5 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 oz (113 g) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (50 g)
  • 2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract

For Rolling

  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (44 g) crushed graham cracker crumbs


  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 oz (113 g) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (360 g) powdered sugar, sifted


  1. For the cherry sauce, combine cherries, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add almond extract, cornstarch, and water to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries have softened and mixture has thickened, about 7-8 minutes. Transfer sauce to a glass bowl to cool completely before using. Cherry sauce can be made ahead and kept refrigerated.
  2. For the cookies, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until smooth; add sugars and beat until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop coated lightly with nonstick spray to form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough. Drop the balls in granulated sugar to coat, then coat generously in graham cracker crumbs. Place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 12 to 14 minutes, until golden and tops and edges are set. Cool for 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, and salt in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually mix in powdered sugar on low speed until combined, then beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until light and airy.
  6. To assemble the cookies, pipe or spoon a dollop of cream cheese frosting on the top of each cookie, and top with a spoonful of cherry sauce. Chill cookies briefly before serving.


Make Ahead: The cherry sauce and cookie dough can be made 1-2 days in advance and kept refrigerated. The graham cookies can also be baked ahead and store at room temperature. Assemble the cookies on the day that you plan to serve them.

Keywords: Cherry, Cheesecake, Cream Cheese Frosting