Cheesecake Cookies

cheesecake cookies
Cookies are one of my weaknesses! The other one is cheesecake! This is either a perfect combination or a evil trap, you decide.  I think this might be my new favorite cookie.
When I was mixing up this recipe, the dough seemed to be really dry and I worried that the cookie would be too, but its not!  This little morsel will melt in your mouth.
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers- 1 sleeve
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, separated
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat together the butter with the brown sugar with a mixer.
  • Add the egg white and beat until well combined. Add to the graham cracker mixture and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, lemon zest, and vanilla. Make sure its mixed well. Set aside.
  • Form dough into small balls and place on the sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten slightly, pressing gently with your thumb in the center of the ball to make a bowl shape. The dough will be crumbly, so gently smooth the edges of the bowl.
  • Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the indents of the cookies.
  • Bake until the filling is barely set and the cookies are golden brown, 12 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before you remove them.

 

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