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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies Recipe

This cookie recipe has classic shortcake flavors, is very flavorful with a creamy frosting and lots of fresh strawberries on top
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Plus chilling time before baking of 20 minutes20 mins
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 23
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Paige


  • 8 ounces Butter, unsalted, room temperature 2 sticks
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg, large, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Flour, all-purpose
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 ounce Cream cheese, regular, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 2 pounds Strawberries, fresh, organic if possible, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Jam


  • Heat oven to 375 and line two large baking pans with parchment paper
  • Place the butter in a bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment and beat on medium for 2 minutes. Alternatively, use a medium bowl and hand mixer and do the same.
  • Add the sugar and beat for another 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
    Add the egg and the vanilla, mixing for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat on low for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or just until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  • Turn the dough out to a lightly floured surface and divide in half.
    Working with one half at a time, pat the dough into disc with the palm of your hand then roll it out with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch of thickness.
  • Using a 3" round cutter, cut the dough and gently lift and place on prepared baking sheets.
    Repeat with other portion of dough, pressing any leftover dough scraps together and rolling them out for cutting too, in order to use all the dough.
  • Refrigerate the cookies on the sheets for 20 minutes.
    Remove from fridge and bake for 10-14 minutes until very lightly golden brown on the edges.
    Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest, salt and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar and continue to mix until smooth and free of lumps, about 2 minutes.
  • Add more powdered sugar if the mixture is too thin, it should be a bit thick but spreadable.
    Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place the jam in a small bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of water to loosen it up.
  • Pour the jam over the cut strawberries and toss the mixture gently to coat.
  • Frost each completely cooled cookie with one generous tablespoon of frosting
    Top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture
  • Store unfrosted cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
    Cookies are best assembled right before eating.


  • If you're making these cookies ahead, put the cream cheese layer and sliced strawberries on just before serving.
  • Store any unfrosted cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg